The journey to Europe begins

Trip Start Jul 21, 2006
Trip End Sep 12, 2006

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Monday, September 11, 2006

So the first part of the trip started well except for one thing, I had way to much shit in london to take with me around Europe. Luckily with some help from tyler, he mailed some of my stuff with his to San Diego and will bring it up to SLO. I took a train from london to the cost jumped on a ferry that can go like crazy fast because of its unique shape. Then train from coast of Netherlands through rotterdam and on to Amsterdam. Unfortunately Eric wasn't their because, as I found out later, he had some trouble with his trains from Italy. Instead of him being their before me he got there 4 hours after me. We stayed on this guy Jonas's houseboat, which was really nice and cheap. Our only house mates, besides the owner, were this very nice couple who lived in England. The girl was from South Africa and the guy English. They were so kind to us, they immediately gave us their extra map, told us where the red light district and some good coffee shops were, and also provide us with some of amsterdams finest herbal substance. We went and checked out the red light district because Eric got there so late most the clubs were dead. That was a sight: girls in windows winking and shaking their bodies for you, trying to get your attention. The thing that shocked me and was kind of sad to me, is that some of the women were simply stunning, as if they could be models, dancers, or any profession where beauty helps you. but these women, with so much potential, live this dirty life of selling their dignity for money.

Besides that amsterdam is a fun city, lots to see and do. We rented bikes, 12 Euro for two days(so cheap) and cruised around the city getting lost. 1 out of 2 people in amsterdam use bikes as their main form of transport. The city reminds me of venice because of all the canals. The best thing about the dutch in amsterdam is they are all friendly hippies, that speak english very well. We went to the Rembrandt and van gogh museums, which had some remarkable paintings of theirs as well as other famous dutch artists. Rembrandts famous "night watch" and also a display of - this shown only every ten years because light damages it - old sketches that he did of scenes he never painted. Van Gogh's famous "potatoe eaters" was at his museum as well as many of his pointilism style paintings. These paintings were sweet because the entire painting is made up of thousands of tiny brush strokes or points. We went out clubbing and met some very sweet south brazilian girls. We left the club to leave and it started pooring. To stay dry we stayed under an overhang with these girls and compared Brazilian and American culture until the rain stopped and went our seperate ways. We stayed at another hostel famous for partying and met some americans, australians, Canadians, and Spanish. After downiong a bottle of, 73% alcohol & 60% wormwood, absinth to see if we could get some of the tripped out drug feeling, we went out to a club. We didn't trip out but Eric blacked out for about an hour after he desided to drink so more vodka after all that absinth, and I was pretty drunk even though I stuck to beer. All in all fun city with beautiful parks and nice people.
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