Van Der Valk Hotel Haarlem
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... to start the evening.
After a quick trip back to the apartment, and a shower, I headed out to Leidesplein, to meet Anna (from my South America trip this summer). She made reservations for us at Casa Peru. I guess the Dutch service is on par with London. We were first sat right at the back, where all the servers passed by. Then they moved us to the other side of the bar, but we were basically forgotten. At least the food whole-y made up for the ...
... will say is I now understand why the guys on Colin's stag do say they will never look at bananas the same again. That night turned into a pretty crazy one. Quite a few people tried the local baking and went a bit crazy. I stuck to the 2 for 1 rums but ended up having to look after a few people. Later on we ended up in the bar back at the hostel playing beer pong against a bunch of English guys. Amsterdam is a crazy crazy ...
... a modern kitchen and a very newly refurbished luxury
bathroom. You can see in the first photo (double click to enlarge) the round
barred holding cell window by the tree on the right. The fire station garage
off the kitchen is original and is used as an artists studio by Marja.
... ear! Nasty stuff. Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings prior to his death - only reaching the height of his fame many years later. We were also privy to ride past the Anne Frank Museum and spotting the Heineken Brewery. A pretty cool way to see the city but it would be difficult unless you knew your way around and were confident with the road rules (remembering they drive on the opposite side ;)!
After the bike tour it was off to the Post Office to send back a big ...
... an appropriate name! It is also appropriate as my bike is a bit of a chick-chick-chick-chicken and only has one gear, the first gear, and goes about as slow as it is possible for a bike to go and which means that I have to put in double the amount of effort to go the same speed as a normal bike. Thus we decided Kip wouldn't make it 50km...and to be honest, neither would I!
So I borrowed a bike off Yany, another girl in my class, who said she didn't really need a bike ...