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So, here I am sitting in my new room of two and a half weeks in Rembrandstraat, Leiden. The sun is shining. Believe it or not. It is. Dutch weather, ey?
I left home exactly one month today. A long time between drinks. 6 months… Of travel that is.
For the last six months, as my last blog stated, I really was 100% Michael in Melbourne. Nothing tying me to previous experiences. Just the road ahead.
I really enjoyed my time back home, ...
... 8230;very remonstrative@!). We felt safe everywhere we went, even in the big cities. The number of homeless in San Francisco was quite an eye opener though…there really were lots of them.
So what were the highlights? Well the whole holiday was a highlight really. Each of us experienced it differently of course. My highlight were the hikes in Zion and Lone Pine and I loved the beaches and our evening out with Mark ...
... and trolling along the canals (oh yeah and shopping too). We visited a local flea market and found some ice skates that my parents had used when they were younger and some other items for decorating our house and the usual tourist junk you get for colleagues back home (guess where your holiday tat is coming from guys!). Dave has finally found out what exactly comprises a real stompot (or strompot as he likes to call it). So now I really need to lift my game ...
... After 3 solid hours we are "Bulbed Out" and head off for the town centre where we find the usual Kamikaze Cyclists and extras from Van de Valk. Feeling in need of sustenance from our Tarten Brethren, we head back to Amsterdam Central Station (35 mins) by train and arrive to find that Max and his "Squadron" have moved us to a superb room overlooking the canal as promised. Tonight we head off to The Deer and Tiger Indonesian ...
... to the brim. Before
wandering through the Red Light District and a Thai dinner.
Sanne and I
returned to Weert on the train, and in true Dutch style she dinked me on the
back of her bike home! Her boyfriend and his mates were out in town so we
joined them for the bar crawl. They ensured I joined them for a sour strap
shot, not bad! I was invited back by everyone to attend Carnival in early March;
I sure will do my best!
Saturday we ...