Van der Valk Hotel Rotterdam
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Since we purchased the Subaru, a couple of things have been done to prepare it for the challenge.
The most visible first thing done was to add the Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge stickers to the car. Two big stickers on each side of the car, easily catching the eye due to the bright yellow color.
Next up were more practical upgrades to the car. First of all we removed the back seat to make more space for luggage. Then it was time for some online ...
... it clear it would not be easy to find a (good) real off-road car like a Jeep, Land Rover, Toyota Landcruiser or Mitshubishi Pajero. With a bit of luck you can find a cheap one, but chances are it's going to have a lot of work to it and it's probably not going to be a very reliable machine.
But we also learned that a 4x4 would be very much possible! We found several Subaru Impreza's and Justy's for prices around / close to EUR ...
... 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 ...
... it, you dont even have to go to the Heineken brewery or the Anne Franks house. I didnt and I didnt feel like I missed out.
I am a sucker for architecture, weird facts and art history however. And taking the canal cruises (though kinda pricey, but worth it since I cant walk for too long) was great coz I got to be on the water, and listen to a tour guide point out random funny fact about streets and houses and designs and how things were done back in the day.
... the 2 or 3 bridges to the hotel, as mentioned, dropped the bags off and then retraced our footsteps to the Dam square. It has just gone 9:30. The pilot told us it would be a little hazy today, and the cloud sat over the city and we didn't see blue all day but it was very comfortable walking weather, which is the best way to see Amsterdam.
We wound our way through the shopping areas. With Sean's words ringing in my ears, "I'm not going down no tiny side streets", we see ...