Noni in the Netherlands

Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
Trip End May 15, 2009

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hello hello hello!
I left you last night before I ate dinner, and it's worth mentioning a few more things now about Prague before I throw myself at the leaving of.
OK so we wandered through the rain (again) to find many interesting-looking places, but didn't stop until we saw an intersting-looking place with other people inside. Wherever it was we were, the menu and waiter was French, but there was Czech and English translations as well. I settled on some delicious honey and beer roasted duck and mushrooms with barley risotto, my god it was so delicious! Fiona's chickeny thing also looked tasty, but I didn't regret my meal at all :3
We wanted to stop at Tesco to get some rolls for breakfast, but the French place was too slow and we missed it. So we bought some sandwichy type things from a corner store instead. Shall I now point out that you can buy oodles of absinthe at every corner store in Prague? Booze is very easy to find :P
Anyway we booked our airport transfer for the morning and went to sleep. The morning was pretty uneventful (and our roll things were pretty gross) and we checked out and into the van. While driving, I got to see a bit more of Prague and observe some driving habits - aside from the craziness of driving on the wrong side of the road (crazy!), I noticed that drivers would avoid driving on the tram lines as much as possible. That makes the trams run on time! Wow! Also cars will stop for pedestrians even when they don't have to - I didn't notice this as a pedestrian, being that I only crossed legally / safely, but I reckon these poor Bohemians would probably get run over in Melbourne back home...
The flight was nice, I really liked the shiny new aircraft! I didn't like the $330 I had to pay for my 16kg of excess baggage, but well I have accumulated lots of junk these past 4 months, and I don't want to chuck it out! Coming into Amsterdam was pretty, as the clouds parted for us - the train to central and the tram to the hotel was all pretty easy, once we took our heads out of our arses and paid attention to our surroundings. Fiona was feeling green from the dodgy breakfast, so she was getting a bit crabby at my wrong turns XD Well I got her here eventually.
I write to you now from Hotel Robertramon, after having a bath! Oh it was a nice bath!
I'm ahead of myself again - after finding the hotel and Fiona having a nap, we wandered the surrounding streets for a while and ate dinner at a touristic steakhouse (which was delicious!). I took lots of random street photos.
Amsterdam is full of bicycles. I almost managed to get run over once or twice, good thing Fiona has a healthy fear of bikes and is actually looking out for them! Anyway it seems we're in a nice area, and although the canals are full of rubbish they're also quite pretty.
So now, I'm off to bed to get a good sleep before we have a walking tour of Amsterdam tomorrow!

Sorry for the pointless update! Hehehe

PS: Prague is not disability-friendly, hence is not Noni-with-heaps-of-luggage friendly. Fairly warned be ye, says I XD
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