Lessons Learnt

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End Apr 27, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Monday, April 4, 2011

Today was not the greatest of days.. initially.

Firstly.. a very early rise for an early flight after only a few hours of sleep.. i've learnt that staying up till all hours is just not for me anymore.

Secondly.. half a day walking around with our luggage on our backs.. because the hostel didn't open until 2pm. I will now aim to arrive into each new destination by about 2pm.

Thirdly, Amsterdam is a really cool place.

You will be able to see from the pictures that this place is something else..

The streets are designed to intergrate cars, trams, bicycles and people in a seemless way. it's incredible!

So.. to get on with what i've been doing today.. as i said before.. i had a very early flight into Amsterdam. As soon as we got here I knew that this would be an interesting experience.

Once we arrived in Amsterdam and made our way through customs.. we boarded our first European train with our Eurail Passes. It was a 25 minute trip from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal.

We printed out the details for a hostel the night before.. and when it came to going somewhere.. Cocomama was the most important destination for us. We needed to lose our bags! The printout recommended taking a tram to the hostel. We soon figured out that taking a tram is the quickest way and probably the best way to get around Amsterdam. The trams are everywhere and they run very frequently.

But we got to the hostel and discovered that we couldn't check in until 2pm.. and the door was locked! So we proceded to take a stroll around Amsterdam. After a few hours, we decided to stop in at a coffeeshop to rest our weary legs ;D

We eventually did get to the hostel. They let us leave our luggage to go and explore some more while they prepared our room. So we did.. we went to a local supermarket and bought some food and took it to Vondelpark.. a huge public park.. and I typed the text for yesterday's blog.

We're pretty tired.. and I'm typing this thing instead of sleeping!

So I will leave it at that..

Tomorrow.. more Amsterdam!

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