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... All this time I was finding myself and I, didn't know I was lost." - Aloe Blacc 2013
It's the 3rd of April 2013 and I'm at Schiphol Airport to hug my mother for a last time before I step into the darkness. The next 14 months I travel throughout 14 countries and I gain crucial life experience by being open-minded and adapting to local habits and cultures.
I can truly say I have seen something of the world and the ...
... district and then walking around it taking in the sights!
That night we stayed at Femkes again and in the morning we took a train to Den Haag where we were meeting up with Femke and her boyfriend to look around Den Haag. We rented bikes and got a truly dutch experience biking around the town (we hadnt done that in Amsterdam as it is like some sort of extreme sport there or something). We got to see the Dutch parliament, ...
... I had no idea whether to go right or left so I just stood there for a bit looking around. I saw a sign in Dutch which looked promising - quite a few Dutch words resemble English in shape or sound, so occasionally you know what the sign is saying. Not surprisingly, many Dutch speak good English - good for me, since I know no Dutch at all.
When I exited the station it was raining lightly - I didn't have a map but I'd looked carefully at one on ...
... a care in the world and it felt pretty dam good. That afternoon I decided to hop on a canal boat for a cruise through Amsterdam as it was leaving to tick one more thing off the list! The canals are interesting... extremely dirty, and well that's Amsterdam for you. The closest I got was a brief pass through of the famous Red Light District, yet another thing to tick off my list.
The next few days I spent riding through the streets of Amsterdam, which I ...
... the tram back to the
apartment (in the freezing rain as well). After watching every other tram trundle through the station except ours we finally spotted the one we needed to be on, and watched it as it sailed right on through the station. At this stage a taxi is starting to look good. Still, good old
Dutch efficiency came through, and another #25 arrived at once. Grabbed a pizza on the way to the apartment. Decided to call it a day. ...