Day 18: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
Trip End Oct 09, 2013

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Friday, September 27, 2013

Train ride sucked.
We took the night train thinking this will be great. Go to bed in Berlin, wake up in Amsterdam. Reserve a sleeper car. Perfect. Easy. Done.
So. Train left at 12:30am (well it was ten minutes late). Then it took forever for people to move in the train to find the right car. So we were still standing post train departure. By the time we found our car there were three people in our car (it sleeps 6 total). They were all comfy cozy and didn't believe us when we said hey make room for us. We're comin in. The sleeper car had bunk bed style slabs of "cushion" piled 3 high. Well the middle beds on both sides were up too close to the top bunk. An infant would've had a hard time crawling In between the two. So after the oldest guy and the youngest guy mess with the dang bed trying to move it down for us- not to mention the lazy guy who's only help is saying "it's not brain surgery"- they finally get it and we all cram in there like sardines. Becca and Ari steal top bunk while Annie gets to cram in the middle bunk. She can't even sit up. So to sum up the train ride we would say: It was an awkward and uncomfortably hilarious sleepless train ride, but we made it to lovely Amsterdam by 11am.

We walked through the charming city streets and weaved through the canals to reach our perfectly placed flat along one of the canals. After relaxing and freshening up we went a few streets down and had a nice late lunch/early dinner. (Annie even got TWO whole ice cubes in her coke- previously it was one, before that none).

Got a few groceries and stopped at the local farmers market for some goodies. Relaxed with books, naps, and movies by the open French doors overlooking the canal for a couple hours.

After some laundry & some dinner Annie enjoyed some cozy alone time while Becca and Ari ventured into the red light district to see what all the fuss is about. We met up with our guy friends; who we initially met in Prague & are now in the same town a few days later. After thoroughly experiencing the RLD (for only 2€) we headed home ready for biking tomorrow!

- Ari found out the hard way (by getting yelled at by a 'working girl') that phones/photos are not allowed in the district. Don't worry she managed to sneak one.
- Annie eating chips and cottage cheese on the floor in the train station draws more strange looks than hookers in the red light district.
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