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Three months ago we purchased our Impreza. And now, after many, many hours of preparation we are finally about to start the Amsterdam-Dakar challenge!
Today we did the final preparations. We put stickers on the car, provided to us by company M. de Held & Zonen. Looks really good in our opinion! The rest of the day we used to pack our luggage, do grocery shopping and put everything in the car.
Dakar, here we come!!
Saturday, 8th of November 2014
After we decided to participate in the Amsterdam-Dakar challenge, the first thing to do was to find a suitable car. The rules are clear: the car may not cost more than EUR 500, which obviously is not a lot of money for a car, especially when it has to be strong enough to drive more than 7100km out of which more than half through the difficult terrain of the Sahara desert.
Some searching ...
... prostitutes there is also a charming side to it. We always say that any city which interacts with water has a certain feel; and Amsterdam is no different, there are so many canals which run along lots of different streets that it is actually quite charming.
One of the main touristy areas of the city is the 'Red Light District’ where it is well known there are half naked prostitutes in windows. We were expecting this area to be very seedy but it did ...
This one's gonna be really short.
First: This place should definitely be on the top of everyones list of European cities to visit. The mix of old and with new, and the juxtapositioning of Hollands polite and respectful ways along with the extreme liberal laws that mostly non-dutch people take advantage really creates a special atmosphere.
I actually felt right at home in the city, and really really loved it!
Honestly just being there and taking it all in ...
... this is also the first time we have been to The Netherlands, so straight away we get nearly run over with the bikes! The station is a very monumental building and the area out the front is undergoing some changes behind the fence, but is still impressive. Sean spies the Victoria Hotel, and remarks on the slight difference to 'Vic' at home, using my memory to guide us, we easily find Dam Square and take the time to take some pictures without people around. From here ...