Are you a lonely tourist lost in Amsterdam and you don’t know where to go on a Saturday night? Fear no more, because you are probably not the only one!
Saturday night, 10 PM. Location: Cafe de D’oude Herbergh, within a stone’s throw from the long and famous shoppingstreet Kalverstraat. I am on my way to a Couchsurfing meeting.
Couchsurfing is a travel website where you can get in touch with people from all over the world. Members can decide to meet up, to exchange couches or to go travelling together.
When I enter the small and cozy bar I see a crowded place with a colourful mix of people from all over the world talking vividly to eachother.
Time for a beer. When I walk towards the bar to get myself a Heineken I start talking to this German girl who stands next to me. Within two seconds I am in the middle of a conversation with someone I barely know. She tells me that she just recently moved to the capital to do an internship. And like so many others in this town she is looking for a cheap place to stay.The darkhaired guy standing next to us overhears our conversation and joins in.
Three hours later I have spoken to at least ten people of ten different nationalities. From ‘locals’ to tourists just visiting town for a couple of days: The differences between those travellers seem endless. But what these bunch of young people do have in common is the fact that they are here, this Saturday night, to meet other people and to share stories, experiences, humour and…Heineken beer.
When I leave the bar to go dancing with my friends in the OT301 (another great place to go) I am happy to have met so many different people who all share one passion. Travelling.
Become a member of Couchsurfing and then click on this link to find out more about the Couchsurfing meetings. https://www.couchsurfing.com/places/europe/netherlands/amsterdam
Café D’Oude Herbergh
CS Meeting: Every Saturday night