Amsterdam: Sex, canals and leaning houses

Trip Start Jun 2007
Trip End Nov 2007

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Here we are, in the city of a thousand choices and all i can think of is sleep!

We travelled from Berlin on a rainy afternoon by overnight coach to Amsterdam. While it did take longer i am still a fan of coach travel, its cheaper but i enjoy seeing the scenery pass by (and the truck stops are always interesting!). It feels like real traveling. Plus we meet more people. We started talking to this Brazillian guy at the bus stop and it turns out he was staying at the same place as us and consequently spent the whole morning wandering around town with  us until we could check in.

The city is really engaging, even on two hours sleep. We did the free walking tour again. If any of your are travelling to Amsterdam or London or Berlin give them a go, they are run by students and young(ish) people who really kno the city so you get a little bit of history, little bit of the sights and a whole bunch of other stuff. They are great to get to kno the city so we try and do it the first day (even if we haven't had any sleep). Plus you meet heaps of people. We haven't been to any of the museums but we are hoping to come back through with Jude at a later date and will see them then. I also maintian that its difficult to focus on the beauty of the Rembrandt when your eyes keep sliding shut.

Amsterdam is such a contradiction. Seedy and clean and open and full of people. It has a really great vibe. After the tour we got into our room (finally!) and then avoiding the herds of American backpackers trying to find the shroom shakes (at 10,000 decibels) we wandered around town for a while. The room we had last night was a psychadelic dream, with strange murals and funky fabric everywhere. Even sober it was a daunting propect. Tonight we are back in the good old dorms so not anticipating too much sleep but as James keeps telling me, I am young so get over it! (You all know how I need my 8-10 hours! :)

James has been putting up with my increasingly loud and disgusting (and embarrassing too apparently:) chesty cough that i picked up in Berlin. Everybody keeps asking me if i'm ashmatic and should they not smoke around me. While am very tempted to say yes, honestly  (usually) wins out. I have decided I need the hot cure so we are headed to Spain to try and find some sun and sangria (possibly not in that order). So next time we write we may at last have been able to put our jumpers away!

Here's hoping the weather doesn't follow us!

Until next time

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zoeanne on

hi ya
sorry i haven't posted bef. as ya know lots of stuff going on. good to see you are having so much fun causing embarassment for james (it is your right and duty). if you go to barcelona in your travels be sure to go to the patissserie (you know i can't spell) called mauri. can't remember exacty where it was, it was on on a main street on the way to Casa Mila. i know i am being anoyingly vague but it's big you can't miss it if you go pass it and it is sooo worth it. so yummy

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