Day 25 - Last holiday day

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End May 16, 2009

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Last full day of non-traveling of the holiday :( So we started it off with full Irish breakfast :) Then we were nice and full so we caught the tram to the botanic gardens. The botanic gardens in Amsterdam costs money, but we had coupons so it cost less money. It was well worth it and their bio-dome/conservatory do-dad was quite good with 3 climate zones (one of those zones was temperate zone though so lotsa Australian plants, which I miss slightly) and a palm house and some water features. We had coffee, infact we had 1 1/2 coffees each as the man bought us three for some reason (this happened when I ordered something in Dublin too, I don't think that when I saw two it sounds like three but perhaps it does??). Oh and there was also a butterfly house. On the door there was a sign which read "do not touch the butterflies" and Noni joked "what happens if they touch you", unfortunately this was most true for me as one particular butterfly had a particular attraction to my belt buckle for some reason - Noni picked it off and put it on a feeder thing and then it flew right back to that particular area.... Eventually it got the idea that I was not a flower... Eventually...

Noni had to deal with her luggage problem and I wanted to walk lots around the town so we parted ways and I walked the two minutes into town. First I passed a supermarket, this may not seem like a very exciting attraction to most people but for me it was the bestest attraction ever! I had visited many supermarkets in Europe and none sold V. Then, like the day we landed in Amsterdam, I saw a V can on the ground, taunting me because I could not for the life of me find a normal (non-organic) supermarket. So this one was bliss, I wanted to use all my cash so I only bought 3 cans (1 for now, 1 for later on and 1 for Noni). I then walked around the Central train station area which we didn't explore much on the first day. There was a massive 3 tiered lot of bicycles (I'll upload a video of the enormousness of the amount of bicycles). To get into Dam square, I walked though the red-light district again and there was this group of Jesus supporters singing Jesus songs and wearing Jesus hats and shirts, presumably advertising Jesus to the women working there or perhaps the men using the services, not quite sure. Perhaps they wanted the services of the women, I didn't stop and ask. I looked in a few shops and a shopping centre as well but nothing really interested me, all of the souvenirs were really not my thing and all very tacky (as opposed from just tacky in other cities).

I wanted to relax and stuff in the bath before we headed out to dinner and so went back to the hotel - Noni was there as she had solved her luggage dilemma (there was a service at the airport she could use). For dinner, we wanted some Dutch food and so went into a street of restaurants and found one suitable place which had like a stew type thing (all these countries seem to have stew as the traditional food). I didn't have a heineken though, I had an Amstel which was much like the Czech beer that I had in Prague. We topped the evening off with a nice stroll in another park.
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