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We had a glorious day out on our Vespa, (50cc?) no licence necesssary, no gears, just start and go!
The bicycle paths here are fantastic. They are everywhere, and small motorbikes can use them too. Once we had worked out who gives way to who, and what you can get away with, we were away!
Getting out of the city was the most challenging, but once over the bridge and heading north, we were relishing the flat tarseal bike dedicated roads that ...
... around and had to ask two people for directions. It was pouring rain and we were soaked. To top it off we waited in line for more than an hour before gaining entry. Fortunately, the rain stopped after about 15 minutes in line, but it was too late, clothes, shoes, socks were soaked. We took the most direct route back to the houseboat. While not that picturesque or scenic, we had had enough of shortcuts. Dinner was on the boat as we cleaned up, packed up and prepared for ...
... spectacular terror attack, Al Queda Islamists took over the upscale mall for 3 days, murdering everyone in sight. Since then there has been a grenade or machine gun attack somewhere in the country every month, targeting Westerners. If you draw a straight line north from Nairobi you find that you are where the Eastern edge of Judeo-Christian civilization clashes with the Western edge of Islam. Whether it is Chechnya, Serbia, Israel, Lebanon, Ethiopia ...
Our last day in Amsterdam was spent touring the Holland countryside. We explored a working windmill from the 1600s (grinding lime for lining soccer fields, and various pigments from stones and roots for making paints). At one time there were over 5000 windmills in Holland and fortunately nearly 1000 still survive. The majority of early windmills were used to pump water to reclaim land from sea and lakes. Over half of The Netherlands is below sea level. ...
... a random little farm just out of Amsterdam. The clog maker had obviously smoked a little too much pot in his lifetime because he was quite simply mad. The demonstration was cool though. I discovered that clogs are less than comfortable and won't be buying any in the near future. Top Deck tour done and dusted. I'm sad. Goodbye new friends. Hope we stay in touch. But bring on the rest of the journey for me and Em. Amsterdamage ...