Work has been a bit of a whirlwind this week and I’ve been focusing on additional learning. For those of you that are interested in Marketing there are some great online courses on Udemy, Future Learn and Google (Analytics & Adwords) to help improve your knowledge and to add to your CV. For those of you that aren’t interested in Marketing, Future Learn still has some great stuff if you filter by category for every topic you can think of, and I’ve even branched out to look at some coding on w3school and code.org. Why am I telling you this? It’s interesting! I’ve completed an SEO for beginner’s course and the Google Analytics Academy Ecommerce Analytics course in 2 days. I know how difficult it is to get a graduate job, and if you are still struggling, being able to reference this information in your CV, a cover letter or an interview might help you get hired – so I thought I’d share.
As well as geeking out online, I had Becky over to visit this weekend just gone! We started our activities with dinner at the Jopenkerk in Haarlem (which loosely translates to the Booby-church). The Jopenkerk has an amazing interior as they brew the Jopen beer in-house at the former church and I was very surprised at how good the food was! Highly recommend it to anyone that does visit Haarlem.
Then on Saturday we woke up early, and after telling Becky not to drink too much Friday eve, I was the one with a hangover…feeling a little bit worse for wear I manned up and we headed into Amsterdam to visit Anne Frank’s house though as Becky had requested it on the agenda! That was my third and final visit as after an hour long queue in the cold I can safely say I think I have covered every aspect of the museum.
Our next stop was The Pancake Bakery (Pannenkoekenhuis) and I had a child’s portion Nutella and Banana pancake for breakfast/lunch. There was nothing child sized about this portion though and after 3/4 I was well and truly stuffed!
After food we went straight to the Centraal Station to hop on a Canal Tour. For 9 euros they took us around the city for an hour and we spied all of the Amsterdam Light Festival features we wanted to revisit once it was dark. It was a cheaper tour so not the most amazing route but it did what it said on the tin/board and I felt I got my money’s worth.
The Light Festival itself was less a festival, and more a display of LED art sculptures in the canals. It was interesting and colourful to walk around but I think I could’ve done with an official tour to fully appreciate the pieces to their full extent.
That was Saturday and on Sunday we went back to Dam having decided we wanted to do the Heineken Experience! I took Becky for a whistle-stop tour beforehand, mimicking the route I have taken on walking tours to show her the Weigh House, The Old Church, Dam Square and we even popped into the Erotic Museum (because Dam). It was an overpriced version of The Sex Museum and a little crappier/tackier so I probably wouldn’t recommend but these things are always good for a giggle if you’re playing tourist.
Then we went on to the Heineken Brewery and for 16 euros the tour included 2.5 drinks, a canal taxi back to the edge of the centre and a free Heineken glass (which will be wrapped up and given to someone for Christmas)! We were taught about the history, the ingredients, how the beer is made, bottled and even went on a mini-ride as ‘a day in the life of a Heineken beer’. As a Marketer I really appreciate a good brand and as a tourist I really enjoyed the beer and the fact that there is a PS4, Fifa, a Rugby simulator and other games for guests to experience. Basically it was awesome, so go.