Last week Dave and I traveled over to Amsterdam for 2 nights as Dave was speaking and moderating the day of SEO sessions at the iGaming Supershow conference. For those who are not in the “industry” this conference is all based around the online gaming /gambling sector, so poker, bingo, casino etc and attracts attendees from the big merchants and operators, to the affiliates and marketeers who send traffic to these platforms.
We flew out of Newcastle on Tuesday morning and got back to the UK on Thursday night. We had a good few days but it always wears you out as you spend most of the time chatting mainly about industry stuff, while stood up at a conference and generally staying out late. It’s our third or fourth time to Amsterdam for conferences over the years so we have “been there, seen it” so, No … we didn’t go to any cafes or venture back to the red light district!
Here we go then… probably the most photographed part of Amsterdam at the airport
Once we’d arrived we headed to the Holiday Inn that we had been booked into. Great hotel, just over the road from the busy conference hotel so we managed to have a quiet lunch which was amazing.
Once we’d collected our conference badges for the following day we took time to relax in the afternoon, while keeing up with emails and then we ended up going out for dinner together at a super Italian restaurant not far from the hotel called Bellini. Its a restaurant that if you walked past, you may not go in, as it doesn’t look much from the outside and is in a residential area, but the food was amazing. It happened to be the World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay, the one where Suarez bit again so that was a shame that Italy went out.
It was a super cosy restaurant and the menu is just a guide as to what can be served. We went a bit off the menu with the starter and asked for some mozzerella and meats which arrived along with some fabulous hot prawns in garlic, and a plate of thinly sliced veal and tuna (an intriguing but delicious combination)
The next day was conference day so up early to get the the venue for Dave to chair the day’s sessions. The conference was held at the RAI Amsterdam which is massive
and this is where we spent most of the day
Afterwards it was time to go for some food with friends. So we ended up at Rosarium which is close by to the hotels and a beautiful setting. It was warm so we sat outside and ate fine food and drank cold wine.
We didn’t have to get up early the next day so had a bit of a late night, which was good fun. The following day we headed to the airport in the afternoon for our exploration Schiphol airport (you can spend hours wandering around this place, its like a small town!)
There have been quite a few foodie pictures in this post, and doesn’t really represent Amsterdam, so here is one that is more in keeping…
Until next time Holland!