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... are tulips the flower of Holland. The colours of the flower beds are vibrant and there are different themes in various parts of the gardens. This year's theme is Holland.
We decide to take a boat ride on the canal amongst the bulb fields. We board our electric boat and quietly set off only to come to a dead stop shortly after. We wait for another boat to come along and are then towed back to dock. We then change to another boat and ...
... Stroop wafels :)
There was a band, dressed in their red checkered shirts, and clogs, playing on top of a windmill. They also had the hand turning music players (the ones where you insert a book, with the notes in it, and the holes on the pages make certain sounds come out). Basically, the day was great! I just enjoyed driving along the countryside, and then being in nature. Ahh! The Foster in me is coming out.
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... I took the free ferry over to the Film Museum to see the current exhibition about legendary director Federico Fellini. And the National Maritime Museum is comprehensive and interesting and has a replica East Indiaman docked outside. (The real one sank on its maiden voyage in 1749.)
It was interesting to see inside one of the elegant manor houses, front door facing the canal and a pleasant courtyard behind.
... joined the party.
Anyway; Calgary it is. Slowly the anxiety of new discovery as well as a little healthy fear for the unknown grows on us. We feel safe and together.
The street-mapping system here is a draft. Really. It's way easier in the US, where you would find 11st and then drive on to say the 18th. Now here you would have to follow the Avenue first SB, or NB and then look at the streets. So the 33th is available as well ...
... us about the history of drugs in the city and how marijuana is technically still illegal but the police turn a blind eye. We walked around the red light district and he pointed out good and bad places to go. We ended up at the "Cannabis Cottage", a not for profit organization that teaches people about the drug, why it is misunderstood and will teach you how to roll a joint or use their vaporizers.
Adi, James and I went to see the Hangover 3 (wasn't very ...