Back in Amsterdam...

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

26th September - 1st October 2007.

After the big drive from the north of France the day before, a lazy morning was on the cards. In fact it turned out to be a pretty lazy day all round. We gave the Citroen the once over at the local car wash in preparation for its return the following day. When Steve and Karin got home from work we cracked a few beers and a bottle of wine and Karin cooked us a traditional Dutch meal called Stumpot.

Both Steve and Karin had Friday off. First we had to drop off our trusty set of wheels, the now famous Citroen C8. It all went smoothly and we were out of there in 15 minutes. We then drove up to a small tourist town called Vollendam to the north of Amsterdam on the water. Karin had a great idea that we should all dress up in traditional Dutch clothes complete with clogs, and have our photo taken. Every one of us was in hysterics especially when I started playing the piano accordion, possibly the coolest instrument on the planet. The girls looked great, and Steve just looked funny.... Until I looked in the mirror and realised I looked just as ridiculous. My pants were extremely high, higher than any pants I have ever worn before. There's nothing more liberating than dressing up as a high panted piano accordionist.

Saturday meant Rugby. Australia was playing Canada in the World Cup so we made our way into town to Coco's Aussie Bar. When we got there the place was full.... Of bloody Kiwis. Note to all cuzzy bros. Get your own bar!!!! Once their game finished a bit of class returned to the establishment but not for long. Australia dispatched with Canada with ease but didn't feel it necessary to humiliate them with a blown out score. Anyway this is all old news as we all know that Australia was beaten by a quality opposition in England and New Zealand choked again. Do you realise that New Zealand has only won one more world cup than Canada!!!!

The following game was where the fun really started. Fiji vs Wales. We'd all had a few by then, well me and Steve had had a few and then a couple more. (It's funny that had had makes sense sometimes) We'd also been joined by a few other Aussies at our table and we all started backing Fiji. The large group of large Welshmen took notice of this and gave us heaps during Wales' second half revival. One in particular came over to us whenever Wales made some progress to let us know his team was coming back. He did this by throwing comments our way, getting us in headlocks, and for some unknown reason he decided to lick my head.... A number of times. When Wales finally got close to the lead the whole group of them felt they needed to drop their pants, exposing a wide collection of female underwear they were wearing. Well, it sort of covered most of what we would've liked covered. I think I'll add Wales to the "List of countries I don't feel the need to visit" list.

After that "fun" we grabbed some dinner and took a stroll through the Red Light District. The girls walked ahead slightly disgusted and wondering how the women can do that to themselves. Steve and me were a bit too busy to think of the moral implications, rejecting numerous offers of freebies for a couple of hot fellas on the town. That's how I remember it anyway... I think I'd had a bit to drink by that time so the memories are a bit cloudy.
Some of the "workers" were actually really good looking, a trend that didn't continue the next day when we found ourselves back there again. The morning shift sees a different kind of women working the windows.... A much larger, less attractive and slightly scary kinda woman. We surprisingly didn't hang round there for long. Besides, the girls had some shopping to do. One store in particular where Mandy bought her leather jacket on our last visit, got a lot of business, with Mum, Mandy and Karin all walking out with a couple of items each. I can't wait until we are spending Peso's instead of Euro's. That afternoon we all went on a relaxing cruise through the canals of Amsterdam.

We had one last dinner with Steve and Karin before flying out the next day for Mexico and a complete change of pace. Thanks again Steve and Karin for making our staying in Amsterdam so much fun, look forward to seeing you guys at Xmas.

This brings to a close the European leg of our trip, aka Eat as much as you can for four months so here are a few stats:

Kilometres travelled in the mighty Citroen C8: 17444
Hottest Temp: 37
Coldest Temp: 5 (Dashboard Temp Readout)
Countries Visited: 12
Number of Times we put up our tent: 21
Most Expensive Camping: 36 Euros (A$60)
Best Pizza: Vianno de Costello Portugal (also the cheapest)
Number of Vomits: 1 really bad hangover in Venice
Worst Drivers: Italians Second: Daylight
Friendliest Europeans: Croatians, French.
Favourite Country: Switzerland and Croatia.
Hail Storms: 4
How many times we got lost: 100's
Percentage of times getting lost led to a fight: 50
Amount of different Beer I tried: 26
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