Trip Start Mar 17, 2006
26Trip End Jun 14, 2006
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Not long after entering Netherlands, we crossed the longest bridge we have even seen.
Then we got to Rotterdam and became horribly lost. We were trying to find a relative of a friend in Schiedam, only 20 minutes from Rotterdam. I'd read a street name but they were so long and foreign to me, they'd soon be forgotten before I could find them on the map! My husband, typical male, would not ask directions or even stop to let me ask directions, or ring for directions. Of course he knew where to go and got us further lost! After 3 hours of driving around (and World War 3) we eventually found our way, which should have taken 20 minutes!
We were just going to drop in and say hello and have a cuppa (we had never met these people before and only heard about them from a friend) but they invited us to stay the night as it was so late by the time we got there.
We stayed 3 nights! Nick and Cecilia were so nice, friendly and hospitable.
We walked through the Red Light district (you don't go to Amsterdam without having a look). The kids covered their eyes alot! It was the only place on our entire trip where I felt unsafe. We saw two American girls pick pocketed and were being followed at one stage until the police intercepted. I didn't particularly like the pimps trying to get my husband to go in (and he was with his wife and kids1).
We had a look in a "Coffee" shop, which is just another name for a Drug shop. It was amazing to see the drugs on shelves for purchase like at a supermarket. Totally different to what we are used to.
We would have liked to have more time in Netherlands but we had a commitment to get back to Germany and meet up with family members.
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