Amster-damsel in distress
Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
27Trip End Aug 22, 2013
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But none of things will dampen how relieved we are to finally be here.
So time to find our hotel, We took the train from Schipol to Muiderpoort . The first thing we noticed was the whole city was basically deserted , like a post holocaust movie, bikes parked everywhere, Heineken tins tumbling down the cobbled footpath, but not a person or car in sight. It was an eerie walk to our hotel and we were happy to be greeted by our helpful concierge. We tried to check in and were reminded that it is only 830am
So unable to wash off the grime of 20hrs of travel, we dumped our bags at the hotel and headed out into the street with Dan smelling like a can of tomato soup. We had a few hours to wait until we could check in, so we familiarised ourselves with the tram system and headed into Amsterdam central. The trams are so convenient and easy and we bought a 72hr pass.
Walking around Amsterdam we had the place nearly to ourselves, no crowds yet. Time to celebrate getting here and have a beer we thought. As we took down our first gulps of Heineken we realise its only 930am. Oh well! Proost to Amsterdam!
After a beer we carried on to get a taste of the rest of Amsterdam. 3 days will not be long enough here. The city is beautiful and just how you would imagine. Tasted some cheeses, got some stroopwaffels and liquorice and headed back to our hotel to finally get cleaned up and feel human again.
No time for resting though, a quick shower and we are out onto the trams again to catch up with Renalda and Carla at restaurant Haesje Claes which we have been really looking forward to as we have not seen Renalda in years, and Carla even longer
J and Mish are waiting for us at a bar at 5pm. Having no way of communicating we feel like we are cut off at the knees so we buy a cheap pre-paid phone on our way. The rest of the night becomes a battle to stay awake until the sun goes down at 930. We walk from bar to bar sampling beers and and food and immersing ourselves in Amsterdam culture and thoroughly enjoying ourselves.
By the time we get home we are thoroughly exhausted, and confident we have beaten our body clocks and the jet lag. Can't wait for tomorrow.