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Well here I am again. I bet you're uncontrollably excited to read the blog, fortunately this one will only go on for a week. This blog will probably feature travelling Ted and Tim. Yes, yes, I know, great news indeed. (Lily.. I will attach a nice picture of Ted and Tim so you know who they are. Travelling Ted has come on trips with me since we went to New Zealand in 2006, and Tim joined the family a few years later and goes everywhere with Dad, ridiculous ...
... and we have stored it away. The beach area was very European in that it had a number of private entertainment centres with sunbathing areas, chairs and screens in front of them. All very ordered but it ain't Surfers Paradise !!
On the way back, we stopped off at two locations - Overeen and Haarlem - but neither of these were particularly inspiring either. The one thing that was obvious was the number of small demountable buildings and shacks ...
... I got completely soaked despite my coat, hat, and umbrella. I decided to wave the white flag and head back to the hotel. And, of course, as soon as I got into my hotel room, it quit raining! The weather here has been interesting. There has been A LOT of heavy rain which makes the sunny days tough because of the humidity. You also cannot reliably predict what the weather is going to be like the next day...makes me miss ...
... boats and rivers. We stopped off for a photo op in front of an old windmill before riding a little further to a cheese farm/ wooden shoe factory (more like a guys barn than a factory) Here we learnt about the cheese making processes and of course the art of making wooden shoes. The farmer however, seemed a little more interested in flirting with the Malaysian girls then actually getting on with chatting to us but there was free cheese so we weren't complaining. Back on the road ...
... although there are a lot of windows (all at ground level) it seems the prostitutes have some strict licencing laws to stay within their premises. This area is particularly busy at night, but it is still also surprisingly busy during the day.
Amsterdam has a couple of other unusual elements. The sheer number of people that use a bicycle in this city is like no other; literally everyone cycles and there are good cycle highways to enable people to get to ...