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... they have bike lanes, paid vacation and a social safety net, they're just more laid-back" argument. Those things are all true but Amsterdammers are just as busy, stressed and exclusionary as residents of any other large tourist-filled city. They are pretty laid back about drinking in public, smoking weed and sex-for-sale but if you interrupt their bike-flow, you're a public menace. My Theories About Why Cyclists Don't Yell At Cars Here:
- Those on bikes feel ...
... such risks. Eating, texting, talking on phones while gliding along.... its amazing to watch.
So because everyone uses bikes - ladies all dressed up in high heels are common, the traffic is light, and we kept thinking it might be a publicholiday, as not much action was about anywhere.
We later realised that shops don't open until 10 am, and things don't really start humming until midday, but even then it was a huge contrast to KL.
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... approach to morality - marijuana coffee shops, Red Light District, empty churches, aggressive cyclists, etc., but I felt Amsterdam lacks soul. I'm glad I don't live there.
There are some brave folk on our tour- a blind lady traveling with her 3 sisters, a very elderly gent with a walking stick struggles to keep up, and a brave old lady with a walker who's determined not to miss a thing! I admire them greatly -God bless 'em!
... flowers that would result, making a very colourful display. We thought we would be unlikely to be allowed to bring anything in, so
we did not buy any. We then walked back to the hotel as it was not actually very far and it was a nice change to stretch our legs. For our last night in Amsterdam we went to a restaurant serving traditional Dutch food which was very nice, Including thick pea soup, and a rich beef stew
with mashed potato and carrot together.
... having our first shower since we left home! Don't worry - a bucket of cold water suits well in this heat so we aren't stinky!! We've been to the shop to top up supplies and are now stopped at a local bar with wifi to obey our thirst!!
That's all for now folks. I'm hoping to hang around where I am for a day or two to get the electrical issues with the van sorted before heading into Denmark, Norway and Sweden.