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Disteldorp

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  • Day56

    Days Fly By

    July 1 in the Netherlands

    We've been having a great time with Sophie, Jacob and Augie during their visit. The night before last we went out to dinner at Buurtboerderij. A farm to table restaurant that doubles as a social service support for people who may be struggling with one thing or another in their lives. I struck up a conversation with Peter, a guy about my age, who serves as a counselor and all around supporter for the place. He explained that there are about 75 volunteers who keep the place going. Not sure about the funding, but I'm pretty sure the city supports the project in one way or another. I'll ask next time.

    The setting is on a working farm within city limits. It is green and lovely. Garden seating is scattered around the place. The food was really good. Nancy and I have both been struck by the relatively small numbers of 'homeless' people struggling on the streets. This despite a demographic of leniency similar to Santa Cruz. These programs must be working. Social fabric is quite different as well. Seems much less 'dog eat dog' than in the States.

    Last night we arrived home to a lovely dinner provided by Sophie and Jacob. Basically personal sized bruschetta with some delicious toppings.

    Today Sophie and Nancy headed over to Quaker Meeting. They met a couple from Rotterdam who've offered to show us around later this summer. This afternoon we took the ferry north to the Ij-hallen flea market. It touts itself as the biggest such market in Europe. What a scene! We all wandered for hours and hours before hoofing it back to Tuinstraat and our summer home. The photo shows Nancy and Sophie at the end of the day.

    The final photo is of my find at the market. I'd been looking for a small garden gnome with just the right personality to put out with our bienvenido welcome mat when we stop at campgrounds in the camper. I found it!
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  • Day6

    Noord Amsterdam Street Art

    August 4, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Yesterday was all about the great Dutch masterpieces. Today it's all about the great masterpieces of Dutch street art.

    First, we stopped off at Buiksloterweg before heading to NDSM-werf, a derelict shipyard turned avant-garde arts community. NDSM is only 15 minutes upriver from Centraal station. Creativity oozes from every corner with its über cool, post-modern warehouse full of crazy installation art. Nearby an estate of houses built out of recycled shipping containers dot the landscape.

    One of the exhibitions included the Barbie peepshow. Pay one or two euros and you get to "watch crazy stuf [sic] between her legs". Ricky was curious but too scared to take the plunge into the seedy world of Barbie (art)porn. Jason on the other hand felt right at home with a beer 🍻 in his hand, sitting on the beach, as he immersed himself into the bohemian lifestyle of an avant-garde model.
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  • Day33

    Amsterdam

    August 19, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Looking around the city. Bikes everywhere. They rule the roads in the city. Went to have a look in the Red district. Very interesting but sad that this still exists. But we were still nosey and went to see the ladies in the windows. Smelt the air....full of dope. They have special coffee shops for smoking the stuff and eating special cookies. Gave this a miss.

  • Day2

    Amsterdam

    June 16, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Heute fast 4 Stunden durch die quirlige Stadt gebummelt und haben schon sehr viel gesehen. Es gefällt uns sehr gut. Aber jetzt tun uns etwas die Füße weh und es ziehen Wolken auf, deshalb sind wir mit der Fähre zurück gefahren. Für Morgen haben wir uns schon Tagestikets für Hop On Hop Off Cruises durch die Grachten gekauft. Dann brauchen wir nicht so viel zu laufen.

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  • Day80

    Amsterdam

    June 22, 2017 in the Netherlands

    We got woken up to the roaring building alarm telling everyone to evacuate the building.
    *grumble grumble*
    After the fire in London recently I was anxious to get out straight away but classic William DORDLED out of bed and into the toilet while the whole building is screaming NEE NOR NEE NOR.
    I stood by the door stuck between 2 impulses. One to run and one to wait for my idiot.
    Our room mates had long gone by now.
    He finally finished his 30 second wee and I went into the corridor which was packed.
    Story goes it was a false alarm but still, could not believe his lack of urgency. Especially after last week. I have no desire to die in a building fire.

    I snoozed for another 20 before starting to pack.
    I think I need a new toothbrush. My teeth still feel furry after brushing.
    Will has a very sad tummy :( has done for days. it's really awkward listening in to such private business but the toilet echoes 🤣
    We checked out with 3 keys - either our room mates left one of theres behind or my theory about be cleaner from last night is spot on.
    We went to central, Wills tummy needed food so we stopped in at the first thing we saw - Burger King because Will was getting pretty desperate for pain relief.
    He slowly nibbled on a cheese burger and I tried their big mac version, King Mac lol.
    Doesn't even come close.
    We then walked the terribly long 1.7km journey to our house boat.
    Ok so it's not that far but with my big bags, 100m is too far lol.
    We found the boat relatively easily.
    Our front door is so tiny!!! Because it leads to the bottom of the boat. Watching Will get in was quite funny.
    I went first, then the bags then him.
    It only came up to my hips so he had to practically fold in half hahah
    The inside is awesome though!!! Love it! We have aircon and a tv so we are set for our planned lazy day.👍🏼
    Nap time ✌🏼

    Woke up to the sound of rain 😍
    A massive storm soon came though. I loved it! I sat on a fluffy mat and looked out the little circle window. If Amsterdam floods the best place to be is on a boat 💪🏻
    It went for ages and the lightning from outside lit up our little space.
    So cozy :)

    In our welcome booklet thing it says there is a mini fridge and all drinks are free... we can't seem to find it though 🤔🤔

    We have no intentions of going out into the storm so we have decided to try using deliveroo.

    We have order pasta and pizza. I've put in the instructions to not enter the boat and I'll go upstairs when the app tells me they are on their way. 👍🏼
    We are watching the soccer at the moment.
    Cameroon Vs Australia. It took me a good solid 15 minutes to realize it wasn't in English.

    Our food was eh really hahah we are having such bad luck.
    At least it didn't break the bank.

    We went out to the supermarket. On the way I pet a cat 😍😍😍😍😍 beautiful baby rubbed up against my leg.
    I liked the walk to the supermarket. It was more suburban and you got to see where people who live in Amsterdam actually live.
    They have this big beautiful weed growing everywhere up their houses. It's actually quite a large flower.
    We bought bread and filling to make sandwiches to have for lunch tomorrow. We might go see some windmills. You shouldn't go to Holland and not see a windmill.

    Walked back. I've had a bowl of coco oops and we are watching the Telly.
    The room temperature is just right 👌🏻
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  • Day81

    Amsterdam

    June 23, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Thus far this has been a wasteful and yet wonderful day. It's 6pm and we haven't left the boat yet.

    Woke up around noon. Went to organised a bowl of cereal for some coco pops for us both but when I took the bowl off the rack it's unbalanced the cutlery which then fell off, slid down the curvature of the boat and I got stabbed in the foot. Lucky it was butter knife or it would have pierced me for sure. This version of events just hurt a lot!
    No cut so happy with that.
    The coco pops were so good. Didn't realize how much i like coco pops until be had then at the hostel in Bruges.
    I had a mid afternoon nap which took me all the way through until 5pm hahaha.
    I think Will was on his phone the whole time.
    Before my nap we tried to make sandwiches but the bread was some multigrain vegan free rubbish. Will finished his first sandwich but couldn't finish mine for me. He touched the meat and was horrified by its texture because it was raw. We had a heated discussion over how I had just poisoned him 😂😂😂😂 then I googled the name on the wrapper - it's meant to be raw- which was my assumption - and apparently it's traditionally ox meat. Not sure if our batch was though.
    The second sandwich was put in the bin.

    Now after my nap, I'm writing this while sitting on the deck of the boat waiting for our Indian deliveroo person.
    Yesterday just went so well we thought we would do it again.

    The Indian was good. We got some share deal which ended up working out well.
    I'm trying to organize Denmark and Norway it's so stressful because I'm waiting for people to reply. We have finalized meeting dates with both danish groups and Randi has offer accommodation in Norway woohoo!
    Julie is also trying to get us free ferry tickets to get from the top of Denmark to Norway but and while that is great I still don't yet know what ports I also need to get to and from.

    Found out Laura is in Amsterdam lol so we are going to meet her tomorrow before getting on the train.
    It's going to be a massive Ukutula reunion week lol.
    I feel like we haven't properly done Holland having not seen a windmill lol. Except the boring white ones we saw which we also have so it's not as exciting.
    On our final night we celebrated with a final joint hehe sorry mum.
    I don't want to pack. Our stuff is everywhere lol
    Should shower... won't have opportunity for 2 days but i really cbf right now lol
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