Leven en laten leven

Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
Trip End Aug 15, 2009

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Friday, June 26, 2009

"Live and let live."  Apparently, this is one of the principles governing Amsterdam lifestyle.  I couldn't agree more.  

On our way to The Hague to begin school, my traveling companions and I took a quick overnight trip to Amsterdam.  The city is relatively small, so we were able to see just about everything we wanted to see in the short 36 hours that we were there.  

Our day started bright and early in Spain.  We left at 6:35 am for Amsterdam-Shipnol Airport.  Just the fact that I made it to the airport is a miracle!  We didn't have time go get breakfast before we went to the airport, so we had some pastries.  I tried a pastry with a vermicelli center.  It was interesting, since the vermicelli seemed to be soaked in sugar and coconut before it was baked into the center of the pastry.  I don't remember the flight itself at all, because I fell asleep as the plane was taking off and only woke up as we were landing.  

After a rather expensive adventure to find our hotel, we checked in and took a nap before we went out on our adventure through the city.  

Our trip started on our canal-bus ride, a boat that takes everyone on a tour of the city via the canals.  We were able to see the many houseboats on the canals, the old buildings along the canal-ways, and the many bridges used to walk across the waterways, if you don't have a boat handy.  We rode around the city for a bit before getting off at the Heineken Experience, an old Heineken factory that has been converted into a museum.  It was informative, as well as a lot of fun, and we got 3 good sized samples of Heineken!!

We continued to walk around the city, and we hit up a smoke shop and made our way to the red light district.  We saw, and experienced all the craziness that the red light district has to offer, but we didn't take any pictures, because we were told that people who are bold enough to take pictures end up with their cameras in the canals.  

After all of our experiences that night, we had to go back to the hotel to chill.  However, instead of leaving early as we had planned, we went back into the center of the city to find some of the waffles and fries that we had heard so much about the day before.  Verdict: Totally worth it!  We also saw a Diamond Warehouse in a campy little building.  Verdict: Totally not worth it.  The diamonds were exquisite, but on a college student's budget, not something that I could afford.

After our food-fest and diamond hunt, we had to go to the train station to go to The Hague.  The school portion of our Europe '09 Extravaganza was about to begin.  We shall see how that goes, since we've been having such a great summer so far!
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tiara316 on

Must! Get! Giant! Cone! of Fries!

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