Voorburg, Netherlands day 3 of trip

Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2011

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Monday, January 17, 2011

After a day in Dusseldorf, we were off to the Netherlands. First we had to catch a train at the airport. We got to the airport about an hour early to play it safe. We hung out inside the airport, but it was really cold. They didn't have heating inside. It was kind of like that in a lot of public places around Dusseldorf. The train station also didn't have any heating, so it was cold too. So we ended up waiting around in a smoking room because it was closed off and was the warmest room at the train station connecting to the airport. We played some poker and ate some snacks while waiting for the train, and when it was about time to catch the train we went down to the platform. Right around the time the train was supposed to come the board that gives you all the stops the train will be making didn't include Amsterdam, where we were going first, on the top. We panicked and ran to some other platforms to see if that train was going to Amsterdam. I got stuck behind some girls on the escalator. They were just standing there and I didn't want to barrel through them. I had to sit around and wait and that cost us the train. It turns out the first train was right and they didn't have Amsterdam on the board because we had to switch trains in a city called Oberhausen, Germany. We ended up catching the next train and having to buy new tickets for the train to Amsterdam from Oberhausen in Oberhausen. It wasn't all that bad because we got to explore the city of Oberhausen a little bit.

We walked by a cathedral that looked to have been burnt before because all of the bricks were black. It looked pretty cool in the snow. We walked down the main shopping street in Oberhausen and saw a David Hasselhoff poster. They really like him in Germany and think he is an amazing actor. It's pretty funny actually. We ended up going to a bratwurst stand. We grabbed some German bratwursts and devoured them. After that we ordered some hot dogs and then we ordered some curry wurst. It was all really good. After the two hour layover in Oberhausen we went back to the train station and caught a train to Amsterdam.

The train didn't take too long, but we had to switch trains again in a city called Emmerich, Germany. The train was late to start because the conductor said there was a crazy man and the police needed to detain him. Everyone thought that was pretty funny. Anyway we arrived to Amsterdam in the dark and I didn't see much of the city. In Amsterdam train station we grabbed a train to Voorburg where we had a hotel for three nights. We didn't stay in Amsterdam because it was going to cost 100 euros a night to stay in a hostel because it was New Years Eve, so we stayed a little bit outside of the city. We figured it would be easier to stay in a smaller city and Voorburg was right next to Den Haag, so we could explore that city too. When we got to Voorburg we asked someone where the hotel was because we had no map and no idea where it could be from the train station. It turns out that it was 100 feet away from the train station. That was very convenient. However, when we checked into the hotel we found that there were two reservations under our name. They informed us that we would have to pay for both of them and they couldn't cancel it because it was booked through Expedia.com and not through them. We got pretty upset at this fact because we didn't want to pay for two rooms when we only paid for one. It didn't make any sense. I couldn't understand why they just couldn't cancel the reservation. It was dumb and that's that. We went around the town looking for a computer so we could send an e-mail to Expedia and try and take care of it. When we got back to the hotel we asked again why they couldn't just cancel the reservation and they gave us a lame excuse. Anyway, we are in the process of trying to get money back for this.

We ended up walking around the town a little bit and grabbing something to eat at a local restaurant. It was a long day of traveling and we wanted to get to bed early so we could go to Den Haag the next day. There wasn't much happening in Voorburg anyway, everything seemed to close at 8 p.m.

Onto the countdown....In at #5.......

5. New York City, NY- This place is massive. Manhattan alone has at least 20 things that all tourists should do. Everyone should go to The New York City Public Library, Times Square, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bryant Park, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone should walk through Central Park and experience the
atmosphere. It's always cool to go into a giant park in the middle of
one of the biggest cities in the world. A trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty will put you in the shoes of your ancestors. A trip to Brooklyn Bridge will give you a look at some of the massive buildings in New York City and the rest of the island.

You can't forget places like The Bronx, Harlem and Queens. I haven't been to any of these places, but next time I go I really plan on visiting some places outside of Manhattan. All of these places have a unique feel to them and have their own special restaurants and places to enjoy the city at. The city has a very good subway system that can help get you around from place to place relatively cheap. It's always great to go to Times Square and be able to see an insane amount of people. The street food all around the city is excellent too. You can get almost anything you want. It's great. You can easily get lost in the city for days at a time. It's a great place to go and is a place unlike any other in the world. Highly recommended.

Joey Mueller
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