Where are the windmills?

Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Clogs, loads of cheese, Van Gough, but no Windmills? We have spent 4-5 hours on trains across the country, but have only seen one windmill! Where have they hidden them?

We have just left Amsterdam after three exhausting days of walking, walking, walking and in Mick's case - drinking, drinking, drinking. Getting used to hostel life has been a challenge, but not nearly as much as it was for a fellow american traveller who 'had a problem'with the lights, toilet, temperature, curtains - most things really! I'm not sure he was in the right place.

It was about 10 degrees when we got off the plane (Mick has left his only jumper in Tokyo) so the first thing we did was go and find some very big, thick coats. It's know about 30 degrees - go figure? Other than that we just wandered around canels in awe. The Van Gough Mueseum was my highlight - it is so strange standing in front of a painting you've seen on images a million times. The sunflowers, iris painting etc. They were absolutely amazing though - much, much better in real life.

Amsterdam is very touristy and crowded though, so Lisa decided that she needed to go and see šountry' Holland. We picked a place on the map, threw out the guidebook - and off we went. We ended up in a place called Neejerdaal, in the North. It was very spooky, I felt like I was in Stanthorpe, Maryborough, Gympie - I'm sure you can picture it - hand-knitted jumpers, Lowes, Coles, cows, sheep,no young people for a 100 km's. We ALMOSt turned round and got back on the train, particularly when we got to the hostel and when asked what there was to do, the receptionist couldn't recommend anything. Help!

It actually turned out pretty well. The hostel was on the edge of a massive forest,and it was all very cute and picturesque. We went hiking and cycling with a bottle of bordeux, and of course french cheese. I didn't really take to dessert though - yoghurt mixed with custard with sprinkles on top. Yummmmmmmm! Everyone else ate it without a problem though????

Anyway, we are now in Maastricht, which is another chapter.
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