FEETS!!!!! That's dutch for BIKE!!!!!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Megg, Lach and I had a 6 hr train ride from Berlin, which was a good place to be as the weather was cold and wet, and managed to arrive there without getting our Eurail passes stamped – Yay! Our hostel wasn't far away; it was on edge of red light district. We later learnt the street our hostel was on is the most criminally active in Europe.. But we survived with no problems!

We got there, dumped our bags, and headed out to find a Coffeeshop! We found one called 'Coffeeshop Ben’ and thought that was a good name so we headed in to taste their wares.. We shared a joint and then went for a walk around the little streets, ate a giant newspaper cone of chips, and then went to ‘The Grasshopper’ (a famous pub)for a few drinks..

In the morning we walked around some more around the canals, and visited the floating ‘Blumenmarkt’(a flower market which was just full of bulbs because it’s Autumn. We had yum bagels for lunch, but took too long easting them and missed the free walking tour, so went to Heineken Experience instead! We ended up staying until closing time (we were there from 1.30 till 7pm) because we kept getting free drinks even though you’re only supposed to get 2.. And Megg and I were lucky enough to pour our own beers! We walked back into town a tad tipsy, with a weird possibly homeless man rapping to us, and bumped into 2 Swiss boys who were in our dorm. Ate maccas for dinner (oops) and then had some drinks. Megg and I had had enough beer for the day, so we were on the waters – after 2 glasses we were refused any more ’because we weren’t drinking alcohol’ – What a crazy country!

Next day we skyped home and were lucky enough to chat to Grandma and Grandpa! We did the walking tour of Amsterdam and learnt heaps of stuff.. the oldest prostitute retired last year – she was 86.. EW! The red light district is slowly being closed down and will be gone in 6 years (hurry boys you haven’t got much time left!), and bikes are called ‘Feets’ and that’s what you need to yell if someone is about to be hit by a maniac on a bike.  During the war the NAZI’s stopped all food and fuel coming into Amsterdam, we saw the Jewish district which was all rebuilt in the 60’s (and looks like it) because they took all the houses apart to use as firewood in the war, and they ate cats which they re-named ‘roof rabbits’ because they were so hungry. Yuk.

We saw the best ‘Coffeeshop’ (sorry I forget the name.. it’s in Oceans 12 though), and the skinny-est house in Amsterdam – I think he said it’s 160cm wide, something like that anyway. A lot of the houses are wonky due to poor foundations, but there are companies that will specially cut glass to fit your weird window, and flooring specialists who will make the floor level even though your walls are leaning, so there are a few whacky houses in the city!

After the tour we visited the Coffeeshop we were told was good – it was a really nice place, and yes I tried some ‘space cake’ (cake with Marijuana in it) for the 1st and last time…  Sam joined us late in the evening, he had been in Sweden while we were in Berlin and Amsterdam, so we planned to pack as much dutch-ness into the next day as possible for him!

We hired bikes and rode along the Amstel River until we saw a windmill – all our touristy sites were complete YAY! It was pretty cold but so nice to be out in the fresh air riding around on their townie bikes instead of in the middle of the city. Riding back into the city we stopped at a nice café and had lunch by the river, watching the passing parade. After giving our bikes back we went and got hot chips from the most famous chip shop (they weren’t actually that good..) and did some souvenir shopping.. and got photos in giant clogs! It was our last night with Lach and Sam so we had a few drinks at the hostel, and then headed out into the Red Light District for an evening stroll. We visited the Bulldog Coffeeshop, did a bit of ‘window shopping’ and were lucky enough to stumble upon the she-man street.. Some lovely specimens in there!! Sam ‘wasn’t interested’ in the ladies, but wanted to know costs – just so you know they all say everything costs €50, but apparently once you’re in there they will con you into paying more (just so you know for when you’re in the area!).

Next stop F***ing BRUGES. (if you haven’t seen the movie ‘In Bruges’ go see it!)
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