Amsterdam

Trip Start Jul 04, 2011
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Trip End Aug 04, 2011


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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Friday, July 8, 2011

We arrived at our hotel Prinsenhof on Friday after a few detours (!!)
(and getting stuck on one bus while it sat at a station for ten
minutes!) It was very nice - a beautiful canal house from the 1600's.
We headed out again (walking this time!) to the Van Gogh museum where
I (Jen) saw some of my favourite paintings and had some hot chocolate.
We quickly learned to stay out of the way of all the bikes that are
everywhere and the scooters that also think they're bikes. Then we
went for dinner at an Indonesian restaurant. Apparently the thing to
order at these restaurants is called a "Rice Table" and comes with
about ten different small dishes, including rice. We got satay chicken
(and tofu), curried and stir-fried vegetables, fried bananas,
gado-gado etc. We were stuffed!
Sunday we went on a canal boat cruise (very fun, as it was nice and
sunny) and saw lots of interesting houseboats and beautiful views. We
went to the Dutch Resistance museum about the war years, had dinner at
a fancy Chinese restaurant and went to the Anne Frank House. It was
kind of surreal to walk though the "Secret Annex" after reading about
it and to realize that it was actually on the same (very long) street
as our hotel.
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