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... note - the term "stairs" is used liberally here. It may not even translate correctly. I think they just mean "carpeted ladder". The best part of this city though was hanging out with friends. We went out for drinks one day night and spent an afternoon the next day with Patria and Kieran (Norm's sister and brother in-law). It was a great time. It's so nice to have people in a city that you know. It's so relaxing just ...
Began the day with a canal boat ride through to the centre of the city. Probably the best perspective of the city since it takes in the historical development of Amsterdam. Loved the variety of house boats, some with lovely gardens. Apparently they cost in the region of 100-200k Euro, becoming more expensive as they get closer to the city centre. Of course there are docking charges as well. The visit to ...
... was dark and saw the beauty that Amsterdam was at night. It's hard to imagine Nazi soldiers walking this street. In fact, no one was walking here tonight.
I was out of the center...bars where quiet, shops were closed.
It was my Amsterdam. I could have been the only person there for all i know.
And i rode.
No trams were there to hit me, no other cyclists to run me down.
I rode in the middle of the road all the way home, back ...
... towns that I love! I can definitely picture myself living here! I truly adore the canal houses. However, my most favorite thing of all was seeing poems painted onto buildings! From Pablo Neruda, to ee cummings, to Shakespeare, to poems in languages such as Arabic and Japanese, what a creative way to bring culture to the masses. I enjoyed stopping to read and ponder each gem I came across :)
Monday night brought a visit to Den Haag - by ...
... locals on how they feel, the answer is not so much acceptance but one of tolerance, in other words they may or may not like it but put up with it as just part of life.
I am now sitting here, listening to some classic British tunes, seven weeks has passed and writing this blog is bringing back memories of visits to European destinations previously only dreamt about, of canals, windmills, cheese and narrow cobbled streets full of wonky buildings, bustling markets and bleary ...