Where did you go?

Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Were there any language barriers? 

Not really. They speak Dutch but most people also speak English.

What tourist attractions did you visit?

Art galleries, pubs, restaurants and canal-cruise.

Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?

Yes, I was in a flare but coping.

Toilets seemed to be harder to find here compared to other places we travelled. Most restaurants will have them, but you must eat there to use it.

Was there anything out of the ordinary that stressed you out, or could potentially stress out someone with IBD?

Not really, just planning where accessible bathrooms are.

Can you tell us what the food and cuisine is like? 

Food wasn’t amazing, had Italian a lot and it was OK. Hotel breakfast was included but below par. Lots of breads.

Did you ever need medical attention? What did you do?

Yes but self medicated for UC and visited a pharmacy.

Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?

1 week + .

Toilet advice?

Almost all toilets you had to pay to use, and there will be a lady waiting out the front to collect your money. I had to pay in a pub, and the toilets were so bad I felt ripped off. Not a good experience.

Average 4-5 out of 10. Not always clean.

On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?

(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)

Now – 1-2.

On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?

(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)

3-4. Tolerable because I was on medication.

Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management? 

Being on a canal-boat – no toilets on board some of these.

Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD? 

Yes but be prepared to pay for toilets!

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