I went to Amsterdam completely by accident. In 2010, some dickhead Icelandic volcano thought it would be a good idea to fill the skies will its own filth, stranding millions of travelers the world over. But most importantly, this included stranding me in Brussels 5 days before I needed to fly from London to Istanbul.

Now don’t get me wrong, Brussels was cool, but it became increasingly difficult to fill a 4th day there so I decided to catch a train to Amsterdam until the sky cleared. As a happy accident I found myself the best accommodation I’ve ever stayed at.

The place is called Lucky Lake Hostel and although it is almost half an hour from the city and difficult to get to from the train station, I rate the experience as an all time highlight. Continue Reading