In the Dam
Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
20Trip End Jul 14, 2012
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A short stroll around revealed that 8am was generally far too early for a store in Amsterdam to begin breakfast trading. We did the tourist thing in Dam Square for a while, then retreated back to a cafe (not a coffee shop - there is a very important difference) to grab some toasted sandwiches and coffee to set us right. With some fuel in the tank we set off for the Anne Frank Huis to join the queue that was guaranteed to be growing by the minute
We were in there for over an hour and thankfully emerged to some improving weather. Strolling back to the Dam area, we stopped in the odd Dutch sweet shop to have a look at the various delicious cakes, waffles and cheeses on display. Shenae took to some clothes shopping and I (after taking 10 minutes to negotiate my way out of the multi-level labyrinth) waited patiently in the square watching the throngs of locals and visitors pass by. A search for lunch took us through the canal areas and cobbled streets, though blistered and swollen feet became an issue once more
With the GPS reliable as ever we made a direct return to the hostel, checked in and settled into the modest room two bed room. A brief respite that was supposed to take a hour or two carried us from 5pm to 10:30, and we hurriedly hit the footpath to find some dinner before McDonalds became the only option. We grabbed a steak and pasta, I had another beer, and we watched the thrum of the city continue into the night. Deciding to save the confronting excitement of Amsterdam's nightlife for another night, we returned to the hostel after midnight and settled down to knock over the residual flight fatigue and prepare for a busy next day.