My Game of Thrones Adventure in Amsterdam

by farrah on May 27, 2013 · 9 comments

I like having the chance to do something that I normally would not do. I like it even better when it’s something that ties into other interests that I have. Hence was my adventure yesterday in the little old city of Amsterdam.


It must be at least a year ago now, a friend told me about some show called Game of Thrones. It was based on a book series that came out in the mid 90s- and was apparently quite popular with quite a few people. I watched the first season- and was hooked. Because the wait was almost a year until the second season started- I decided to read the books. All four books and maybe a few thousand pages worth flew by.

I loved it- and I am not a fantasy reader. I was an English major/teacher, so I do have an appreciation for pretty diverse genres of literature. Most importantly, the thing that makes me most happy is to find a good book and learn that it is also in a long series and one that will keep me reading for months.

I read voraciously. Time and time again I think back to how enthralled I was with the entire Game of Thrones series- and I have to pin it on the incredible moral ambiguity of the characters. People that you thought were good- weren’t always so good. They did bad things. Really bad things. Characters that you thought were the main pillars of the book were killed off in the the very beginning! My mind was completely blown and I loved it.

I also have to admit that I am usually NEVER a fan of books that become movies/tv shows/etc. However- I really dig the Game of Thrones show on HBO- even though it’s only another version of it (doesn’t follow that closely as far as I can tell).

To my surprise I learned that HBO was taking a Game of Thrones exhibit on the road to 5 major cities in the world. Toronto, New York, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and Belfast. Woah! Wait a second.. Amsterdam is just a train hop away!

Yesterday my dear husband agreed yet again to mind the boys and I escaped to the big city a little over an hour away by train. My friend and I arrived at noon where an insanely immense crowd greeted us. It wrapped around the first block, down the second- and around the third. Here I grew a little nervous- but once we started moving we were in line exactly one hour. You were actually in the exhibit for a total of 15 minutes with a group around 100 or so. I was satisfied- for something free like that, you can’t really complain!

Here are some pics from our day out yesterday- it was freezing and I was under-dressed but other than that, a total win!

Barely a snapshot of the line, but this is right at the front.


Inside the Posthoornkerk where the Game of Thrones exhibit was held


Costumes: L to R: Joffery, Imp’s armor, Cerci & Wildlings


That Dragon Lady’s Size 0 Getup (tiny!)


Last but not least.. yes. Me on the throne!


The costumes were incredible- so intricate and well detailed. It was a cool feeling to be standing there looking at real pieces from the show- of course the throne was fake (you could hear the plastic creak when you sat down) but still made for a nice photo opp.

Are you familiar with GOT or do you just think I’m nuts? Have you ever traveled and waited in line to see something that interests you?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dale May 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

I LOVE Game of Thrones. Both Franca and I have been watching it whilst on the road & I’ve also spent some time reading through all the books (which are truly incredible).

I’m envious of you!


2 farrah May 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

The books are seriously where it’s at. Glad to hear you’re enjoying both!! We watch it here, but it’s a day after the US airing (the next day) and Dutch subtitles. So I have no idea what Danerys is saying 🙂


3 AmyH May 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

Well now you have me intrigued enough to read the books 🙂 going on my summer reading list!


4 farrah May 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Perfect summer reading! Really and truly!!


5 Danielle May 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Everyone at work watches GOT, but we don’t have HBO so I never really cared. You’ve got me intrigued. I may have to read the books. Your trip looks awesome and I completely love stuff like that 🙂


6 farrah May 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Honestly, give the books a shot. But I have to admit watching the first season was a HUGE help to be because there’s so many characters. But do it! You won’t regret it.


7 DannyZ May 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Insanely jealous. We left the Netherlands too soon. I would have totally waited in that line. Best part of my repatriation was catching up on Season 3. Great post!


8 farrah May 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

No kidding! You just missed it!!! But yeah- I can imagine that you’re catching up nicely 🙂


9 Monique June 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

I know nothing about the Game of Thrones, but this looks pretty interesting. I’m glad you were able to make it.


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