The Heineken Experience

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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HEM Hotel Central

Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Thursday, July 7, 2011

 This day we had decided we would go to the Hieneken Experience to start with and then just walk around central Amsterdam and choose what we wanted to go into as we go. Again we didn't get up till late and left around noon. Because the Hieneken Experience is on the outer part of city centre it's about half way between our hotel and the central train station so we decided just to walk into town. It definately wasn't a short walk but we made it there in good time.

 We were wondering if it was going to be the same as the Guiness tour but it was totally different in that the Guiness tour was more about the ingredients and how Guiness was made whereas Heineken was more about the people who created it and it's history. At one point in the tour there was a line of people by a room with about ten bed/couches with screens at the top of them and so we got in line to see what it was about. We ended up in line for at least a half hour only to discover that the screen just played Heineken commercials! People had seriously been laying there watching these commercials for over a half hour while there was a line up of people at the door waiting their turn...obviously they have nothing better to do with their time. When it was our turn, after sitting down and finding out what was playing we watched two short commercials and left a little annoyed at how much time we had just wasted. At the end of the tour of course we each got two free drinks of Heineken; I (Jackie) of course don't like beer but I choked it down anyway, I'm really trying to get used to it! While we were sitting having our last drink a couple came and sat at our table. We ended up having a good chat with them about travelling and such. They are from New Zealand and Australia and have also done some travelling before. Last time they backpacked they spent a few months in Eastern Europe and they gave us a couple ideas of places to visit which was great.

 Once we were all finished at there we looked at the clock and realized it was already after 4pm! We really took our time in there. We headed into town just wandering and happened upon Madame Tussauds. We really hummed and hawed about it because it's so stupidly expensive but decided to go in anyway. It was really cool but also a disappointment at the same time. At the beginning of the museum there are wax figures depicting life in early Amsterdam and a massive figure that comes out of the roof and talks to you. An asian man and his two daughters went in at the same time as us and we had to laugh a little cz the younger girl started crying immediately as the big guy came down from the roof, and she conintued to cry through the history part of it anyway, it was dark in there. At the end of the histroy exhibits is kind of a haunted house passageway where it's dark with black lights flashing and scary wax figures hang from the roof and such and then real people pop out at you screaming. Of course there's also a detour around it for children and people with heart problems; the asian family went that way of course. When we went to go in James hesitated and tried to make me go in first cause he was seriously nervous, big baby, I pushed him in in front of me of course.

 It was fun taking stupid pictures with the wax figures but the way they were positioned seemed to frustrate us because we didn't know how to pose with them sometimes. Also some of the figures were really waxy and weren't all that real but then others were crazy real and almost spooky to look at. This Madame Tussauds definately had a mixture of good/bad/impressive/unimpressive displays.

 After the museum we were hungry and found an italian restaurant where I tried gnocchi for the first time, not too bad at all. After supper the sun was at least starting to go down so we went and walked through the Red Light District again but once again it was pretty boring with mostly just a lot of windows with red curtains. Oh well, not like we were actually looking for anything there anyway! Hahaha. There was a drunk guy on the street though stopping random passersby to tell them where to go to find certain women, because he's a local so he "knows" is what he claimed. James took my arm and rushed us away to avoid eye contact as we walked by, lol.
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