Keep Your Head Above Water

Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2007

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Ngaire & Makalya got us to Den Haag Central and on to our train to Amsterdam with about 30 seconds to spare - barely time to thank them so much for the last few days.

We had one afternoon and a night in Amsterdam, and a very flexible agenda.  It was cool but sunny weather and we walked kilometres - through the streets with the various coffee houses and then kilometres out of the normal tourist way - we did get a bit disorientated. Asking directions is the last resort of course, but in the end even a bloke has to admit it's a more efficient way of getting there. The "there" was Anne Franks house but the queue looked like it might have a hour in it, so we walked on and found a pleasant bar set up on a pedestrian bridge over a canal for espresso and wine.

Ngaire had told us about all the leaning buildings in Amsterdam. That feature and the multiple variation in roof lines intrigued us. So too, the canals, house boats and bikes.  So too did the people who rode those bikes - there was the old guy with the painted face and the walking stick, and the woman whose picture we snapped as she parked her bike outside the beauty parlour.

Later in the red light district Brian's perspective was that the girls standing in the windows hadn't changed much in the 30 years since he had last been there. Just a different era, different girls, and Brian reckons he is more cynical as well as a whole lot older. 

We didn't do any of the cultural stuff available in Amsterdam, but can see that it's a city that offers a broad spectrum.
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