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The markets were brilliant - clothes, shoes, bags, food. Alo bought a super groovy green sparkly skull bag. Ariel wants it as her school bag when she gets back to Oz, but she’s got a fat wobbly jelly butt’s chance of that
Amsterdam’s population is 16 million with 18 million bicycles. Bicycle, bicycle .... I want to ride my bicycle .... I want to ride it now. We took a bike tour with Mikes Bikes - it was fabulous. He gave us our history lesson.
We were told that Amsterdam’s basically the toilet of Switzerland. As the land was so swampy it took a long time before anyone wanted it. Eventually a dam was built - thus - Amster - dam. In the ... a series of canals were dug close to the city. It was an amazing engineering feat as they had to dig and pump at the same time. Lots of jews migrated and made Amsterdam home. Jews are known for their business prowess and Amsterdam grew quickly and became a major trading hub. The Golden Age lasted a couple of hundred years. The era’s wealth was predominantly generated by the Dutch East Indies Company. During this time the first ever stock exchange was set up, planting the seed for our modern economic world. William of Orange came on the scene and the powerhouse went to the Brits. The Dutch stayed out of WWI and prospered by trading with both sides - cleaver. WWII was a different matter. Germany invaded and 50,000 of the 60,000 jewish population were wiped out. The 60’s gave rise to the squatters movement - quite a radical time
Bill and Alo had their night out on the town. They walked around and around, until Bill’s eyes were bulging (and that’s not all). They finally plucked up the courage to go into a ‘coffee shop’ - bizzar!! Jager bombs were on special - they downed a couple of those and went to the lounge area of a neighbouring pub to have some more ‘coffee’. Bill chatted to a couple of friendly young fellas beside him. Alo looked around and noticed lots of fellas. In fact all fellas and one Alo - Eeeek!! They departed the pub quickly and walked passed a window where a scantily clad women with an extra bit poking out of her nether region stood. Double Eeeek!! It was a trap. Time for home. They jumped on the bus, but the driver had obviously watched ‘Speed’ or perhaps he’d taken some. Talk about spin city, especially after all that ‘coffee’. Ha ha ha ... he he he ... ha ha ha ......