De Halve Maan
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Woke up early again this morning, must've been the fresh enthusiasm to seeing someone in clogs! After breakfast we headed across the city, following the canals, to an Australia pub, as we sort've wanted to watch the Geelong game of footy, and found that they showed it! Sat and watched it, and were happy we're on the other side if the world when we lost! Worse, we still hadn't seen anyone in clogs. So disappointing. We made our way down to Amsterdam Centraal and caught ...
Had chocolate sprinkles for breakfast at the buffet. Left the botel for a walking tour around Amsterdam. We got shown dam square, the royal house and the main shopping district. Next it was time for a bike tour around Amsterdam. That was scary. There are an unbelievable number of bikes in the Netherlands. On the tour we saw the canals ...
... legal but hey! It's Amsterdam! We learned: The dutch like to be fairly literal in their naming of things. Old church, new church, north church, south church (it's so true and also hilarious). Amsterdam is on the Amstel River which they dammed and hence: Amster Dam! Most of Amsterdam is 3m below sea level - they had lots of trouble trying to keep the water out when they first established the city. This meant that everyone was fairly tolerant of each other because ...
... being presented with a surprise bus due to engineering works on one of the lines. Thank you nice train lady.
Train tickets sorted we boarded a canal boat to enjoy a cruise around the canals of Amsterdam. Floating through the beautiful city was a very peaceful way of seeing the sights and resulted in many photos of buildings from a very low angle. Mmmm buildings from low angles. Yes.
Clambering out of ...
... all was fine from there on.
Inside the services and it was time for a hot chocolate. I sat down at a table where I could see my bike and watch the rain start falling yet again. It was while sitting at this table that a chap came over to me and asked me if I was the train driver from Scotland!!
Well, well, who in the world is this I thought!! It turned out it was a chap who works here at the services and who was chatting to me last year after my winter trip to the ...