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Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
Trip End May 19, 2012

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amsterdam… nothing happened I swear

Our longest drive yet from Berlin to Holland. On the way we stopped at a cheese and klogg making shop. We were lucky to arrive when we did because four other tour buses landed while we were there, getting out of the narrow drive way was a mad house but our pro bus driver Gabreille somehow managed to squeeze through.

In the evening once we arrived in Amsterdam we went for a walking tour. It was raining and freezing cold so most of us huddled each other for warmth… The town is super nice though despite the rain. We grabbed some traditional French/dutch fries drenched in mayonnaise for dinner to warm us up.

The walking tour took us down into the famous red light district – a freakin weird place. Women in windows everywhere offering their 'goods and services'. The whole tour group had booked a sex show to go to which was more hilarious than erotic, we luckily escaped being dragged on to the stage. Others were not so lucky.

The rest of the evening was ours and we ending up hitting a couple of bars and other such establishments. The details are best kept on tour…

As it is well known the Dutch are very tolerant people and have very liberal laws. Does it work? Well I think it does for them. Town seems like a very safe and chilled place, I didn’t see any agro at all while we were there and I would suggest that ironically it was prorbaly due to there not being many drunk people around (since there’s plenty of other stuff on offer instead).

The next day was Lizzy’s birthday, yay!  What a cool place to celebrate. We started off with a bike tour around town. Biking is definitely the way to get around here. Our guide was classic – a washed out hippie who liked telling jokes and blowing bubbles for us to pop as we cycled around. Liz and I left the tour early so that we could call home - she shares her birthday with two sisters and a brother and this is the first time she has ever spent it away from home.

Afterward we went with a few others to the Henieken Experience. I was expecting the usual brewery tour thing but it was actually very well put together. Since Henekien is more a marketing company than a beer company they take you through what is basically an advertising theme park. Despite my cynicism it was actually all really cool – and we got free beer!

Next we stopped by the house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazi’s and wrote her diary. Pretty heavy stuff.

Then we linked up with the rest of the tour again. This was our last night together so we had an awesome celebratory dinner then went on a canal cruise with an open bar. We had a massive night out, it was a great way to finish things off with an awesome crew of people.
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