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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


    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


    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. :3Read more

  • Day53


    July 21 in the Netherlands

    Michael and Anna only had one day in Amsterdam so we tried to see as much of the city in one day as possible. AmsterDAMN! After a quick lunch when we arrived we did a free walking tour of the city. Our tour guide was super chipper and fun and we were able to get tons of our burning questions about Amsterdam answered. We learned that the overall mindset of Amsterdam has been to accept other lifestyles as long as they aren’t bothering anyone which is pretty cool. Our tour began in the red light district which was way bigger than expected and surprisingly had a lot of business going on even at 3 pm. The red light district started right off the canals of Amsterdam because soldiers would want to celebrate with debauchery right after their long, life threatening travels. The Catholic Church in the red light district had actually good connections with the red light district because these sailors would at the end of their visit pay for confessionals to be forgiven of their sins during their stay since there was always a high chance that they would not make it after their next voyage. To this day that church still has good connections with the red light district and even lights up red at night. Another example of surprising acceptance of the red light district was that there is kindergarten sandwiched between two prostitute windows in the district right by the church. Now for our groups questions about the prostitution in the district we found out that all the prostitutes in the windows are women. They attempted to have a few men for a while, but since the women had on average 10-15 customers a night the men just couldn’t physically keep up so they had to switch to escort services instead. In attempt to be more low key the women stay in their windows and back in the day would do “sexy tapping” on the glass to attempt to lure men in. The tapping doesn’t really occur today, in fact you are more likely to hear banging on the glass from one of the women telling someone to stop taking pictures. We also found out that generally the starting cost for the most basic service is typically around 50 euro, which given having 10-15 customers a night puts the women at making6 figures pretty easily which was interesting. We also discovered that legalizing prostitution significantly helped reduce human trafficking in the city which was great. Sadly we didn’t think to ask about protection and disease prevention until after the tour so we still have burning questions about that. On our tour we also learned about the weed culture. Little known fact, weed is actually illegal is Amsterdam. They overlooked weed sold in “coffee shops” but you can grow at most 2 plants per person so by logistics getting all the weed to the coffee shops must be done illegally. We also found out that only about 18% of adults in Amsterdam have tried weed and when they do it’s usually very casual. They mix it with tobacco so it has less strong of an effect. This was surprising since it’s such a stereotype for Americans to view Amsterdam as a place where people get high all the time. During our tour we also saw many sites and learned about things such as the cities catholic and Protestant conflict, the east India trading company, and the Jewish district. Another interesting thing we learned on our tour was about the architecture of the buildings. Most of the buildings are slanted forward with a hook attached to the top of the building. This is because the stairs are so narrow that to carry any furniture into the buildings they would have to be attached by hook and pulled up in through the windows. Having the buildings slant forward helped prevent the items from breaking the windows on their way up. The system is definitely necessary as we learned from attesting to even carry our luggage up the stairs to our AirBnb but it was still crazy to think that this is how even items like grand pianos are transported. The building also sometimes slant on the sides because the buildings are built on wooden planks which often sink and move over time. There was a bit of stress figuring out timing with checking into or Airbnb after the tour but everything worked out in the end. After checking in to our Airbnb we toured the Anne frank house. Luckily we got tickets in advance weeks in advance because they sell out very fast very far in advance. Visiting the Anne frank house was a very powerful experience. It really did an excellent job showcasing the Jewish experience in the holocaust through the lens of one young girls eyes. There were many things that really stuck with me during the visit such as the fact that the frank family was on the very last train to Auschwitz ever, they were so close to not having to endure the horrible experience there. There was also a list of all the names of the people from the Netherlands who died in the holocaust. It was opened to the page with Anne franks name on it and it took me a long time to even find her name because there were so many A. Franks on the page. To me that really exemplified the horrible scope of the holocaust because each of those people also have stories similar to Anne, we could fill thousands and thousands of houses with similar memorials. Another powerful moment was watching videos of her only surviving family member, her father talk. Listening to the pain in his voice was very difficult but it was nice to see the memory of his family live on. I now intend on reading Anne Franks diary, I believe it would be a very meaningful experience. After our tour we went to a sunset canal tour with wine and cheese. The tour was a very relaxing way to end the day and was a fun way to view the city from a different perspective. It was a great way to end Michael and Anna’s part of the trip! After the canal tour we got Greek food that was good but upset Dad and Is stomachs that night. After saying good night to Mom and Dad, Michael, Anna, and I walked around the city including the red light district at night. The city was crazy at night especially since it was a Saturday with people out partying until the wee hours. The next day we all got brunch after Michael and Anna went to mass and then said bye to Michael and Anna. I’m sure if you were to ask them if they had fun on their trip they would respond with the song from our commonly referenced YouTube video called “yee” and sing “do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do YEE!” Mom, Dad and I then had a casual afternoon walking around the flower market and the city. I then met up with Drew and checked into our hostel. The hostel was nice but a bit weird sine it felt more like a dorm room in a hotel. We then met up with mom and dad for an Italian dinner! I then showed Drew around the red light district at night before going to bed. It’s funny because the red light district, especially at night, was such a unique thing that I never had seen before that it became my go to activity to just walk around and people watch. He also found it to be very surprising and interesting and we both had very mixed feelings about it. We didn’t stay long in the area because we wanted to hit slumber town soon because our train was leaving sleepy time junction very early the next morning for another jam packed day!Read more

  • 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...).

  • 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.

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