The city of amazing brownie and pick pockets!

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 01, 2014

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Thursday, October 18, 2012

16th Oct
Its still my birthday....and I'm in Amsterdam! Our friend Sarah is staying in the same hostel as us so we met up with her. Didn't go too crazy on it for our first night, we had a wander around and went for a meal and to an Irish pub for a few drinks. We did go down a sweet little ally way to a coffee shop for a short visit and to suss out the locals.

Our friend Lindsey, who we met through Sarah told us about how her passport got stolen. Pickpockets are crazy sneaky here, so we are being extra careful with our bags etc on the streets.       

 As soon as you walk outside, you're reminded of where you are by what i like to call the smell cloud! The smell of weed is everywhere, bikes are flying past at a hundred miles an hour. You learn very quickly that there are separate bike and walking zones...and not to get these mixed up! Not a dull moment here, such a happening atmosphere, heaps to see.   
Our hostel is pretty sweet too, nice and large compared to Paris, and we get free breakfast! highfive! So far so good :)       

17th Oct
I'm very excited today as we are going to visit the house of Anne Frank. This is something i have wanted to do ever since i read the diary of Anne Frank when i was at school. The reality of the war really hit home and exploring the house where her and her family hid from the Germans was really interesting. It had a bit of an airy feeling to it, and it was amazing how much of her diary and photos they have been able to preserve for tourists to see. The saddest thing was hearing from her father who managed to make  it through the holocaust and talked about Anne and reading her diary. Anne was killed only a month before the war ended....i think this was the saddest thing. Well worth seeing, and can now tick that box.

Next we visited a torture museum, which was creepy! It had all the old medieval torture methods and tools for viewing. Not something i would pay to see again but can say I've had a look. All i could think of the whole time was the movie Hostel....and will we ever get out of this place! It was like something out of a horror movie.
We all decided it was about time to experience the red light district, so we made our way there, on the way stopping at a few pubs as walking is thirsty work! Girls stand in their windows with next to nothing on posing under red lights. There are windows after windows of really good looking girls (well mostly anyway), something for everyone here. In amongst this are theatres hosting sex shows and god knows what else...It is a very interesting part of town, which we can now say we have been to.

18th Oct
Sarah, myself and Dan set off to find ourselves a canal cruise boat that could take us about the city via the canals. This was a pretty nice way to see the city and we got to learn some pretty interesting things, like why all the buildings are 5 stories high, skinny and look like they are going to topple over - they had width but not height restrictions on houses back in the day and they used pulley systems to cart things from the ground to the top floor of their houses. So by having them leaning forward they wouldn't hit the building with the package on the way up.

Lindsey decided to join us for the afternoon to check out the Heineken tour which we have all been waiting to do. The building is huge for starters! and is mostly dedicated to making fine beer and showing off the success of the Heineken families brewing abilities over many generations. This was a great experience and everything in the building was interactive, which meant we didn't get bored with too much information to read! The best part of the tour was the fact that we got 3 free beers to enjoy during and at the end of our tour!! Can tell you now it was so much nicer having a freshly brewed Heineken, it tastes real different. Oh I also loved the stables they had out the back, the stocky black horses for pulling the Heineken carts around were out there :) Very cool.

Randomly in the city centre was a carnival set up. At night it looks stunning with all the rides lit up and flashing. So the four musketeers thought it would be a great idea, after drinking and all that to go on the Ferris wheel and the ghost train. Not many people would find these rides very amusing, but in the state we were in, they were hilariously scary. To call it a night we go and buy a flavoured waffle and head home.

19th Oct
Today was a pretty chilled day, and Sarahs last day in Amsterdam. We went out for lunch and walked around the city, which is pretty small really, and easy to get around.

20th Oct
Train ride to Berlin was 6 hours looooooong! That was pretty much our day :S

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