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Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 22, 2006

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Well on Saturday Iona told me that we were taking a road trip to Amsterdam. I wasn't gonna argue so off we went early in the morning. Did I mention the people at the dorms were impulsive?

The road trip consisted of Iona, a polish couple (Paul and Iga) and Olla and her family. The journey took about 3 hours so we arrived in Amsterdam at about 12:30pm. The previous night I read that on Saturday there was a huge celebration called Queen's Day. Bascially everyone dresses up in orange and celebrate. Sunday wasn't as big but people were still in a mood to celebrate since the city was packed. This time around I got to see a much cleaner side of Amsterdam.

When we got there Iona and I split up from the rest of the group since we had both been to Amsrerdam and wanted to do something different. We started off by heading to a park, and as it turns out it was a zoo. Unfortunately the entry fee was 16 Euro which was more than either of were willing to pay. So we just decided to walk around the city. There was another park we found that was quite spectacular. Wild tulips growing everywhere. Check out the photos. After a walk in the park we got lost and stumbled upon one of the gates to the zoo. It happened be hidden away from view so we decided to sneak in. It worked a charm too. Except that Iona ripped her jeans, that was hilarious.

So for the next few hours we wandered around the zoo. Oh yeah it was snowing in Cologne the previous day ( unusual when Friday's temperature was 18 degrees!). So it was bloody cold in Amsterdam. After getting bored in the zoo it was time to head into the city.

The city was a transformation since the last time I was there. the main square was full of carnival rides (very expensive) and snack stalls. There was also orange decorations around many of the shops. The city was also packed with people. We just wandered around for a few hours after that. Nothing else worth noting.

We got home at about 1am. It's interesting seeing cars flying by you at about 200km/h. Only in Germany...

Anyway Im heading to Ireland on Thursday (my birthday!) so thats where my next entry will be from.
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