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... the owners of the toy stores. I went in for the show at around 9 pm (no queues) and by the time I came out at 10:30 pm, there was a queue as long as a distance of 3 blocks in NYC! I patted myself for the good choice.
Phew! Didn't think it would take this long an article to explain my 3-day experience. That's how awesome Amsterdam is!
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Cheryl took the wheel for the first time, quickly re-learning how to drive a stick (you never really forget) and we used our GPS to navigate us to Amsterdam. Ah-hah, but our GPS tricked us and kept re-routing us for "road construction" so what should have been a 3-hour drive became a 6-hour drive.
Our plan was to drive the car to a park and ride, park the car, and then take the train into Amsterdam, since we had heard that driving ...
... unusual staircases from several different canal houses.
We had a walking tour set up for the afternoon, so we stopped for a Grolesch beer in a sidewalk cafe and enjoyed the warm sunshine. We picked a shady spot, but the Dutch don't see much sun, so they were out in their short shorts, sitting in the sun while it was available!
We strolled across the street to visit the Behijnhof, an enclosed community of homes where single women have ...
... and services all around me that were running at a fast, reliable pace resulting in an enjoyable experience for passengers passing through AMS. Later I even was reminded of the Steven R. Covey book The Speed of Trust which mentions how things can work so much more efficiently without the tax of distrust. The tax of distrust from the heavy corruption and instability of some African countries is very high. I returned Mr. M's book, Spillover, to him as we said ...
... were still trying to wake-up, shake off the jet lag and get ready. First we visited a smoothie shop we saw while exploring the city the first day. I got a smoothie called, "The ****," (funny right?) and it was mind-blowing. It was full of chia seeds, cacao, fresh coconut flesh, and all sorts of other healthy deliciously nutrient-dense goodies. The girl who worked at the shop suggested we walk down a few blocks to a small organic farmers market. Excellent suggestion, ...