Day 24 - Amsterdam, its full of bikes
Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
27Trip End May 16, 2009
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Amsterdam has leaning buildings... 1) Amsterdam is built on reclaimed land and so the foundations for the houses not that great (though they solved this a little by pumping the ground water into canals 2) The houses are narrow (house tax was calucated on the width of the house) and hence not a lot of room to get stuff up the stairs, so they have these hooks on poles at the front of the house to lift stuff to higher levels, but because Amsterdam is windy, when you lift stuff apparently it would blow back into the building; to solve this they started to build the buildings leaning into the street. We also walked through the red light district but did not take photos, not that I would have anyway. Apparently the women become quite aggressive if you take a photo and throw things at you that you would not want thrown at you.
After the tour, we had croquettes and with them, I had a Heineken. We didn't have anything else planned for the day, and we had coupons, so we decided to go to the Heineken brewery. This brewery was a bit different in that we learnt about how to make beer first, we learnt about Heineken and then how to make beer. This was done a little bit better than the other breweries too in that there was a man who explained to us in person the ingredients of beer and then the process of making beer was demonstrated as we went into a ride type exhibit and we went though the beer making process ourselves though a video/motion/heat/fans/drippers in the ceiling. The second half of the tour was dissapointing however as it was basically free market research on their part. Even the beer tasting, in which we tried this sub zero variety of Heineken which was horrible. We did get to drink another however.
We didn't really feel like dinner and so ate cheese from a supermarket and watched more TV.