Amsterdam to Brussels

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Good beer, good chocolate, beautiful spring weather, bicycle paths and wind on our back! Folks, we made it from Amsterdam to Brussels and this is even better than what we were hoping for.

What kind of wine do you have?
One kind
And what kind is that?
One kind. You want or no?

This conversation with a barman in Amsterdam and we knew right away we were no longer in California! Oh yeah, and the snow and the hail that greeted us when we got out of the airport.
Amsterdam was really pretty, a laid back city with the cutest brick houses, canals, thousands of cyclists at any given time of the day and of course, the famous "coffee shops" and the Red Light District. Let me put it this way, we really experienced Amsterdam and I will leave the rest to your imagination!
When we finally sobered up, we headed towards Delft, a city with all the beauty but less of the crowds of Amsterdam. There, we were hosted by Elif and Alex, two of the most gracious, welcoming people we have ever met. elif and Alex showed us around, introduced us to the best beer in the world and unfortunately, Herring. Herring is a slimy  fish that is beyond edible even with our low sushi standards. Well, every rose has its thorn, and Herring is The Netherland's.
We crossed the Belgium border like we were crosing the street, no border checks, not even a sign! We kept asking ourselves if we really were in Belgium until we saw the bars that said "300 Belgium Beers" on the windows. Bryan is on a quest to try every single one of them, while I am swimming in the dreamy world of Godiva chocolate.
We have been staying in hostels, camping and staying with host families of Servas.  So far our trip has been amazing, even better than we had hoped for. Sure, we get on each other's nerves, get lost maybe a hundred times a day and the Europeans constantly make fun of us because we don't speak 15 other languages but sometimes we look at each other and say "We are really doing this" and that is, my friends, priceless.
Greeting from beautiful Belgium,
Bryan and Gizem
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hello from the flat country!
Gizem and Bryan!

We had some much fun with you! We just wish that we could spend more time together and cycle around a little!

Since you left you were curious to see how it feels like to cycle the whole day.. so we grabbed our bikes last Sunday and did a small tour in Holland. From Delft, we passed through Leiden and ended up in Lisse where the flowers fields are.. after having a small picnic by a canal nearby Noordwijk, we thought we could cycle back home via the dunes (North See router)! and we did it! :) It was 85 km in total! not a proper century but close enough :) Anyway, thanks for inspiring us.. and we remembered you two the whole cycling trip :) Now we appreciate you even more! :)

Hope you're doing well and have the wind on your back!

Kisses and good luck,

Elif & Alex

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