Netherlands

Windmill village

October 2, 2016

So we have been in Amsterdam for almost 3 months now. Time flies, weather changes and this newly rediscovered seasonality is really pushing me to write things down and capture the memories while they’re fresh.

One sunny weekend we joined our friends on a quick trip to the famous Windmill Village, also known as Zaanse Schans (pronounced as [ˈzaːnsə ˈsxɑns] in Dutch). It’s a quick 20 minutes car ride from Amsterdam and a very famous place to visit when you’re in town (read: crowds of tourists).

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

Even though it was crowded and we heard more Bahasa Melayu and Cantonese than English while we were there, it’s still fun to explore. It’s one of those idyllic picture-perfect places that look amazing in Instagram, if you’re ready to wait out on the crowds for photos to look perfectly scenic, rural and people-less (check out this and this account to see what I mean).

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

The Windmill Village (and here’s the link to their official website) has, you guessed it: windmills, museums, shops, cafes, a mobile app, farm animals and pickpockets. Do be careful, there are even signs everywhere to mind your personal belongings. Haven’t felt unsafe though, to me, the most potentially hazardous things were getting poked with a selfie stick and falling into the canal while trying to take a perfect photo.

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

Zaanse Schans smells of chocolate, has some delicious pancakes (try the one with strawberries and whipped cream) and ice cream to die for. Seriously, do try out their ice cream. It was the best EUR 2.5 I’ve spent that weekend.

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

You can walk around for free, check out the museums and the shops, take photos and enjoy the sunny day, all should take about 2-3 hours. You can buy a ticket to go inside the windmills and rent a bicycle to go around it, but I didn’t feel it was worth it. Oh, one more thing. Don’t feel embarrassed to take those cheesy photos in giant yellow clogs and such – they do make great memories.

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

Zaanse Schans via TinyBlackBird.com

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