Amsterdam...Holland....Netherlands & Canadians!
Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
47Trip End Oct 08, 2008
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After dropping my stuff off at the hostel on Saturday I went for a long walk around Amsterdam with my camera. I took picture after picture of buildings as they are all so unique. Add in all the waterways and it makes for some awesome pictures. After a few hours of that I returned to my room, dropped off my camera and stuff and went back out to "experience" the Amsterdam nightlife. It was a Saturday night. I consider what I saw in the bar district and in the Red Light District "tame" considering my other life experiences. Mardi Gras in New Orleans last February was a lot more "extreme" considering what society considers "normal" behaviour. All that hype about Amsterdam!
I returned to my room and met my roommates
On Sunday I decided to go visit some museums since I had already taken a lot of pictures and walked around a lot of Amsterdam streets. I headed in the general direction of the Van Gogh Museum and then noticed that there was a Film Museum nearby...but first, a stop for lunch. After lunch I head towards the Film Museum...but first, a detour through a park. I am here to experience the local life. What do the locals do on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon? Well? Pretty well the same things I've noticed in all the cities I've been in throughout my travels, and back home.
After wandering around the park for a while I went to find the film museum...and it was closed
That was something that you can't get away from in Amsterdam. Bikes. There must be a million bikes in this city. And yes, I still find the women on bikes sexy. I could sit at a cafe all day and watch bikes zoom by. Now that would keep me entertained more than sitting in a bar in the Red Light District and watch drunk old guys get turned down by prostitutes or see a bunch of male teenagers high-five one of their buddies who just lost his virginity to a prostitute in Amsterdam. Yes, I am definitely different from the "normal" or "average" person.
But by now you must have realized that. I do see life from a different perspective.
I returned to my room shortly before supper and met up with Rich and Erika
Today I took a drive out to the country, north east of Amsterdam. The weather was crappy went I left and I even had some rain. Then it cleared up and it was beautiful out. I had left my GPS on shortest distance to certain towns. This brought me through the most amazing countryside and towns. Words cannot describe what I did see and so I will let the pictures do the talking.
I have so many stories I could relate during my stop but this would end up being a 10 page entry. I could talk about meeting Kate who was in Copenhagen for 2 months studying design and is heading back to the U of Oregon to finish her Architecture degree
Enjoy the pictures.
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