Trip Start May 26, 2005
34Trip End Jul 14, 2005
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Tuesday was a busy day.. Probably the most important thing to me, at least in Amsterdam, was to see the Heineken factory. I was told if you get there early enough, you can take a tour and drink free, freshly made Heineken..so not wanting to take our chances, Chris and I got up around 7am to find the factory..it took about an hour to finally locate it, but when we did, we were lucky enough to find that it didn't open until 10, so we had plenty of time. The tour was called "the Heineken Experience" we bought our tickets, which included three free beers, and we took the tour. It was amazing, seeing how the beer is actually made..we even took a little simulation ride that showed how bottles were filled and packaged. it was classic. after the factory we headed to the Van Gogh museum, another must see in the Dutch capital. we saw the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, drawings, and letters anywhere..and after reading a book on him from home, it really interesting to see his work face to face.. afterwards, we headed to the Ann Frank house. Ann Frank was the famous Jewish girl who wrote a diary while in hiding in Amsterdam, and we got to see where she lived for two years before being deported to Auschwitz. everything was exactly how it was left when her family was deported..there were drawings on the walls and pictures that she glued up in here room..it was quite a sad visit, but a must see all the same..
That night we took an overnight train to Denmark, to a town in the north called Aalborg. Well, on the train there we met two kiwis, Allister and Sebastian, and at a train stop in Duisburg, Germany, we visited a bar with them and had a few drinks. they were some crazy blokes, and we had a great time hanging out with them..we made it finally, back to our train car, and got some sleep before getting into Denmark.