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  • Day2

    life as an influencer

    March 8, 2020 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    For breakfast we went to „Pluk“ and had delicious influencer-food😂
    Then we walked around, shopped a bit and even the weather was nice!
    For a little snack we ate at „Pola Berry“ it was a cute store wirth berries covered in chocolate and some fudge🦄
    We even visited the Bloemenmarkt and enjoyed the (fake) tulips 🌷
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  • Day31

    Tilting Buildings and Tall People

    October 18, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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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  • Day2


    March 31, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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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  • Day3

    Wieder in Amsterdam

    May 25, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Nach dem Freilandmuseum fahren wir zurück nach Amsterdam. Hier marschieren wir noch ein wenig durch die Stadt, machen im Dre Fleschjes eine Geneverprobe und beschließen den Tag mit einer Indischen Abend im Ashokas. Sehr lecker.Read more

  • Day6

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    May 6, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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

  • Day20


    December 23, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    I have been in Amsterdam for the past 10 days. It is a beautiful little city with lots of winding streets and lane ways. During this time I have managed to immerse myself in being a “local” by supermarket shopping, navigating the public transport and just chilling out in funky little cafes. As a tourist I have visited the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum museums, as well as the Hop On Hop Off bus routes. There are a wonderful array of restaurants within easy walking distance. I have used my UBER app for the first time and taken my first trip, which I found extremely easy, as well as ordering UBER Eats for home delivered take away. The one main memory I will have is waking up on my first morning in Amsterdam to snow! Although it was only a small fall and it was gone by late afternoon it turned the streets into a beautiful winter wonderland. Unfortunately it was not my white Christmas but I loved it anyway.Read more

  • Day2

    The Tower - Beurs van Berlage

    April 11, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Als nächstes sind wir, für mich interessant, auf ‚‘‘The Tower - Beurs van Berlage‘‘ gestoßen. Bei diesem handelt es sich um eine ehemalige Börse mit quadratischem Turm. Heute ist dieser ein Zentrum für Veranstaltungen, Konzerte und Ausstellungen. Hier haben wir uns jedoch nicht lange aufgehalten, sondern sind direkt weiter.Read more

  • Day6

    Pommes bei Maoz

    April 15, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Nachdem wir den Hauptbahnhof angesehen hatten und bevor wir die Basilika von Innen besichtigen konnten haben wir uns dazu entschieden, einen kleinen Mittagssnack zu uns zu nehmen. Wir haben uns eine Portion Pommes geteilt und sind dafür zum Falafel-Laden Maoz gegangen, welcher als Kette überall in Amsterdam zu finden ist. Das Essen dort ist rein vegan, somit auch die Mayo. Hier kann man sich Falafel in Fladenbrot bestellen und dann selbst an einem kleinen Gemüsebuffet füllen. Coole Idee und die Pommes waren wirklich superRead more

  • Day3

    Vegan Food - big love!

    March 6, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Direkt neben meinem Hotel ist das TerraZen. Alternativ, ein bisschen schäbig und sehr gemütlich. Unglaublich, dass ich wirklich so alt werden musste, bis ich zum ersten Mal in einem rein veganen Restaurant essen gehe. (neugewonnene Freiheiten und so...)
    Das Gefühl, einfach mal tatsächlich alles (!) auf der umfangreichen Speisekarte bestellen zu können, ist nahezu göttlich!
    Letztendlich bin ich mit der Auswahl tatsächlich überfordert (!) und bestelle einfach die „Vegan Plate“. Stirfried veggies, crispy vegan chicken, crispy tempeh, brown rice and salad. Gigantisch!
    Bis morgen!
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