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Beursplein

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  • Day31

    Tilting Buildings and Tall People

    October 18 in the Netherlands

    When I first visited Amsterdam, some years ago, the first thing I noticed was how tall the people were. I first thought that I had shrunk by about 10 cm, but discovered that the Dutch are now the tallest people in Europe (and maybe the world). This is even more remarkable because, a century earlier, they were well known for being very short.

    Just what caused this dramatic gain of stature is open to debate, but many put it down to their large intake of dairy products. Whatever the reason, you do feel a bit like you are in the land of the giants.

    The other feature that visitors soon notice is that none of the buildings are vertical. Some lean prodigiously to the left, others to the right, and many just look like they are about to fall straight forward into the street. Apparently the whole city is slowly sinking into the mud, and the residents seem comfortable with the fact that spirit levels would be completely redundant in this city. It certainly does add interest and charm to the place.

    Of course the other things that makes this city famous are the thousands of bicycles that clog every street and that are chained to every suitable anchor point. It is soon evident that there are many more bicycles than people, suggesting that some of the chained bicycles may not have been ridden for a long time. Other unloved bikes are simply thrown into the canals in their hundreds. This means that regular dredging must be done to retrieve these bicycle remains and stop them from completely clogging the waterways.

    On this visit we only have two nights in the city, so I was happy to just spend my time wandering about and revisiting some places that I remembered fondly from previous visits. The weather was fine and cool, those early hot days in Madrid and Bilbao now seem a distant memory. I have now packed the shorts into a remote part of my luggage, not to see the light of day till I return to Melbourne.

    Because the buildings of Amsterdam have very narrow and very steep staircases, it would be impossible to deliver anything larger than a small matchbox to the higher floors. For this reason every building is equipped with a protruding beam at their highest point. This is done so that a pulley can be attached to lift furniture and other items to the upper floors. As we walked about the city we witnessed numerous deliveries being done in this way. We could see that the brawny lifters who were hauling the ropes certainly would not have to waste money on gymnasium memberships.

    As I was walking the streets and looking at the strange assortment of shops in the tiny alleyways (many selling hash & other drug products) I did witness one interesting event. A young, well dressed young man rapidly came out of one of the large department stores and intercepted a middle aged guy wearing a large backpack. He flashed some sort of ID in the face of his victim and then escorted him straight back into the store and up the escalator to the office. The guy had obviously been caught shoplifting and offered no resistance. Some types of crime happen the world over.

    Tomorrow morning our brief time in Amsterdam will end as we return to the airport to catch our flight to Zurich. That is where Allan and I will begin our Swiss Railways Adventure.
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  • Day35

    Banksy Exhibit

    July 23, 2016 in the Netherlands

    the best known grafffiti artist Banksy has an exhibition of his work here. no one knows who he is but his work provokes thought and he is excellent at cynicism regarding society, politics and religion. he says it like it is.

  • Day2

    Ashoka's

    March 31 in the Netherlands

    Nachdem wir bei unserem letzten Amsterdambesuch ein geniales Abendessen bei einem Inder hatten, war für uns klar, dass wir dort wieder hin müssen, wenn wir wieder in Amsterdam sind.

    So stand also heute ein indisches Abendessen auf dem Programm. Der Inder unserer Wahl ist das Aschokas in der Spuistraat auf Höhe der Herenstraat.

    Wie letztes Mal werden wir freundlich empfangen und ergattern einen schönen Tisch. Aufs Haus können wir uns Papadams schmecken lassen. Als Vorspeise ordern wir Momos - gefüllte, frittierte Teigtaschen mit Hühnchen. Die Hauptspeise stand eigentlich schon auf dem Weg zum Restaurant fest: Chicken Karahi. Einmal medium-spicy für Renate und einmal hot für Udo. Das Medium-Karahi erweist sich als sehr gut essbar und angenehm scharf, während Udos Hot-Karahi schon eine kleine Herausforderung für Udo darstellt. Ich hätte das so nicht essen können. Zu den Karahis gibt es Plain und Garlic Naan. Ein Traum. Nach der Portion sind wir beide so satt, dass keine Nachspeise mehr geht. Statt dessen genehmigen wir uns 2 Espressi.

    Satt und zufrieden treten wir den Rückweg zum Bahnhof an und nehmen den nächsten Zug nach Sloterdijk, von wo aus wieder zum Hotel fahren. Um 20:10 sitzen wir vor 2 GinTonic an unserer Hotelbar.

    Schee war's.
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  • Day1

    Rotlichtviertel

    August 18, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Natürlich waren wir abends auch im Rotlichtviertel in Amsterdam. Das war für mich persönlich ein kleiner Schock. Nicht wegen des Viertels, sondern wegen der Leute/ Touristen die betrunken rumgepöbelt haben und auch abwertend waren.
    Aus resepkt gegenüber den Damen, haben wir nur das eine Bild gemacht. Mehr kann ich euch leider nicht zeigen. :3

    Of cause we went to the red-light district. It was a shock for me but not because of the district - because of the other tourists. They were really nasty and they really pisses me off. We took only one picture. :3
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  • Day6

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    May 6, 2017 in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands is a low-lying country with approximately 25 per cent of its area below sea level. Netherlands actually means 'the lowlands'. We arrived in Amsterdam in the late afternoon, checked in to our hotel, and then headed in to the centre for a some free time, dinner, and to check out the Red Light District and some "cafés" (wink, wink...).Read more

  • Day2

    Casa del Toro

    September 22 in the Netherlands

    Frühstück und Mittag. Nachdem wir gegen halb 4 Uhr morgens im Bett waren und ausgeschlafen hatten ging’s nach einem ersten Kaffee auf die Suche nach etwas essbarem. Aufgrund der Uhrzeit entschieden wir uns, gleich aufs Mittagessen über zu gehen. Das Essen (Steak/Pommes für Hari und Torsten, Pizza Tonno für mich) war lecker aber die Wartezeit extrem lang.Read more

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