Trip Start Apr 07, 2006
31Trip End Aug 18, 2006
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Amsterdam is a great city and quite different to most others IŽve been to. Firstly the legalisation of soft drugs and prostitution has its up and down sides and leaves alot of room for debate. Its the only place in the world IŽve been where you can get stoned just walking around the city and then walk through streets lined with red lights in the windows and men and women (and some you cant really tell what they are) advertising their šmerchandiseš
On Tuesday I caught the train to Den Haag to meet my family, where we caught up for a few hours and had traditional dutch food - raw herring and then poffertjies (baby pancakes) and coffee. It was great being back in Den Haag to see where my dad and Oma grew up (I had the full tour 10 years ago) so it was a relaxing time.
That night I caught up with an old friend (Marc Visser for all the ex AT&Ters)I worked with in London / Paris and just had a few beers in a few pubs around Amsterdam.
The next morning I took a canal boat tour to get all those touristy snaps of canals and houses that Amsterdam is so famous for. Then it was on to Madrid again to see Tanya and catch up with that much needed R&R I mentioned about 6 weeks ago....