Trip Start Apr 21, 2012
Trip End Jun 03, 2012

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, Noord-Holland,
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Daily stats -
Travel: flight
Accommodation: Multalui Hotel
Country: the Netherlands
• Arrive in Amsterdam
• Anne frank house
• Lunch cafe and soup
• Flower market and cheese
• Torture museum

Long Winded Story:
We boarded the plane just after midnight the plane was much older than the A380 we'd enjoyed on the way to Singapore, and we had to share with a very nice teacher from Adelaide, but I really don't like being trapped into my seat. Thankfully we managed to sleep for large chunks of the 14 hour flight, otherwise we would be up for 2 1/2 days if you factor in the time differences.
A really good thing about Amsterdam, they have a major train and bus hub at the airport, it really made life very easy, definitely something they should do in Australia.
We caught the train to Amsterdam central station, and then walked the long way round to our hotel. We are really quite good at walking the long way around things. Prime example was in Singapore, we found out on the last morning before we left that there was a SMRT station next to our hotel, when we'd been walking about 1/2 a km each day to get to the next one on the line. Oops!
We checked in and the first thing was to shower, as I said it had been several shower free days and we needed to wash the travel grime off desperately.
After we'd cleaned up and napped, we went for a nice stroll (read we went the long way round) to the house of Anne Frank. It was quite interesting, not because her life was particularly unique or interesting, but because it told the story of many people at the time.
Another observation of Amsterdam is the stairs, there is no way that any of the stair, and there are a lot, would be up to Australian code. They are very steep and very narrow. Death traps waiting to happen.
After Anne frank's house it started to rain so we found this little cafe near the palace and had some lunch. I had soup and mark had a goats cheese sandwich. The cafe had a house cat that wandered around endearing it self to the customers. An American couple next to us got it in trouble though by encouraging it to sit on the table with ear scratches, the waiter was funny though, he shooed it off and told it, "you a very naughty kitty", it made me laugh.

When the rain stopped we headed for the flower market, some of the bulbs there were huge bigger than my fist, and they were really cheap, however postage to Australia would be 50 euro and despite them telling me it would be fine I wasn't sure customs would allow it.

While we were wandering though the market we found a cheese shop, which I lovingly named Geoffry's Nightmare. Mark fell in love with the shop and I had to drag him out of there before he bought everything. I did let him buy a smoked cheese, a cheese knife and some stroopwaffle. That and a bread roll will became our lunch for tomorrow.
The Christmas shop I found on the other hand I was barely allowed to look at. Double standard are and interesting concept in mark's head. Lol.

After the flower market we found what we were actually looking for which was the torture museum. Interesting place really glad I didn't live in Amsterdam in times past.

After another brief nap back at the hotel, we went to see a show at the theatre, interesting show, not the sort of thing I would normally go for, but interesting non the less.
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