Windmills and Communion, well this is Amsterdam !

Trip Start Jul 19, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2006

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Hey everybody,
Sorry for the day late update, all that windmill watching can make a girl tired. It was cool enough to close the windows on the town that never sleeps and finally sleep some myself. Eleven hours straight, I am all caught up , I think. It is 6 hours ahead here and add that I usually stay up late, it has been a struggle to convince my body when it is bedtime, OK not my body my brain. After walking all day my body is sure it is bed time. Speaking of body, it has happened I have officially gotten my traveling blisters - both on one foot. I think the other foot is just waiting for those to heal, as to not let me have any days pain free.

So back to Sunday. A good day. After 5 days in Amsterdam there is a real feeling of needing communion (OK-actually I showed up on the place in need of communion) So found old little church of my faith (?) and went to service. On the way out a man walked up to me from California, said he heard me say hello and knew I was from the south - you think. Anyway very nice, he is a lawyer doing a summer of something they do in Strasberg, Germany. Outside of the church in the canal a man was playing music in his boat and all kinds of instruments, even blowing in a shell. It was fun. I took a video but I am having trouble getting it to show on here (I'll keep trying). After he plays he uses a fishing pole to hold up a wooden show for money. That is basically what those shoes are used for these days. Except the girl in the cheese factory actually had some on during her little how we make cheese talk.

OK so I went on one of those bus tours, I knew better. Bobby and I never went on them, we just got taxi drivers -bargained for price and went around to see just what we were interested in. But no- I thought I'll be around some people, well that is right I spent the day WAITING on some people. I hope I learned my lesson. But I doubt it. I did like the bus tour guy, he could rattle off all of that info in 3 different languages (picture of course). They all sounded good, he is a teacher also on summer leave. Anyway we went to village with windmills, and 2 old use to be fishing villages. They are not anymore because a zillion years ago they built a dike (?) that cut the southern sea from the northern sea. Then this cut off area of water was feed by a river, there by becoming a fresh lake, there by killing the sea fish, well there goes the trade. They have found a new one - tourist. As they now have the largest man made lake . He called it Lightken Lake, I am sure it is not spelled like that but have looked on everything I have and cannot find the correct spelling- sorry. It is a wonder it did not do more environmental damage, but there are little canals even out in the countryside. Basically this was to cut off the area from being taken over by the British. Anyway met some nice people , but will try to avoid such tourist traps again. Did see the man make wooden shoes....

Now lets talk food and money - shall we. I know there is this believe that I am rolling. Well with a croissant costing 4 euros and that is with only butter and jam, orange juice at 3.50 Euro (note picture) I could roll to the poor house. So I ate at Dam Square yesterday morning - 7.50 Euro total without tip. So the juice is hand squeezed, I don't think my stomach knows the difference. But sitting there I figured it up 7.50 x 64 days that is 480 euros. That is a lot of breakfast. Even more reason to go ahead with the hostel idea, breakfast in included. This morning I am eating grapes and coffee in the apartment, but my stomach is yelling BREAD PLEASE. And no I have not seen the movie Hostel, everybody has asked me.(Just found a ginger snap cookie from flight, do you think my stomach will believe it has had bread?) . So day time I have still been getting one of those long thin cheese sandwiches and splitting it between lunch and dinner or when ever I pull it out of my bag., it is 3.50 euro. Anyway I have not set up a donation link yet, you are safe.

I just received my new Euro rail ticket, I am going to try to leave Amsterdam as soon as possible. A group of couch surfer are having a gathering near Vienna and have made a (get this) bedroll on the gym floor for me( well there is some money saved ha ha) I have to bring my food (packing what of course cheese ,fruit, nuts, and I am bring bread - going to look today for some peanut butter) there is a pool there and the guru of this type of travel - Casey (from California) is there this week also.They have already posted pictures and it is getting to be a good size group, wouldn't want to loss my bed ha haaa h. So if you do not hear from me I am somewhere sleeping on a train riding through Germany heading for Vienna.

Did leave out a group of kids that were in Dam Square yesterday, insisted on me getting in their pictures and them in mine. They were very nice.

Love Beverly
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kmidgette on

Cheese, Windmills and Wooden Shoes
Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Enjoy that bedroll.....that should make for an interesting stay.

calgarygal on

Blogs, bedrolls and wooden shoes???
You're a better woman than I, Miss Beverly!! If I got down on the floor to sleep on a bedroll I might never get up. I think it would be quite like walking around in wooden shoes. They are pretty...but they MUST hurt your feet! Do people wear them???
Looks like a good thing to plant flowers in. LOL

I get excited when I see your emails. I know there is a funny story waiting for me to read. Thoroughly enjoying your blogs.

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