Netherlands
University of Amsterdam

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    • Day 2

      Second day in Amsterdam

      July 3, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      Quite a long day today. We were going to the van Gogh museum, unfortunately, tickets sold out. Hopefully next week we have another chance to go there. Instead we went to the rules museum which contained a variety of art from all centuries from 15 to 20.
      Quite inspiring. We then had lunch at a ramen restaurant thank to my very random urge to eat Japanese food. It was exquisite! Also the first time I tried pineapple ramune XD.

      As our last activity we went on a 1 hour Cruise in the channels of Amsterdam. It gave us a better view of the old buildings( a lot of them crooked due to how old they are) and it was overall a nice relaxing tour. Fun fact apparently every year they find a bunch of bicycles in the channels.

      Before ending the day we stopped by a coffee shop and had a chill conversation with cake and coffee. Overall a pretty long day but very worth it !
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    • Day 38

      Day 1 Amsterdam

      November 16, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Carlos and I are honestly both tired. Carlos came in from a 10 day Vietnam Trip, and I’ve been on the road for a while now.

      We are staying at Sir Albert’s which is a Marriott design hotel. It’s not a typical Marriott, but it’s been amazing! I surprised Carlos by having a bottle of champagne sent to the room to celebrate our first international trip just the two of us.

      We decided to wander around the city today, we walked a lot, and stopped for a beer by the Anne Frank house and wandered back.

      Our room was ready when we got back and we slept for a few hours which was good for both of us. Collectively the two of us have been through 4 time zones in 3 days, so we really aren’t sure what time it even is at this point.

      We have a big day tomorrow planned and excited to see the city! So far it’s beautiful!
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    • Day 67

      Our Nerves are Shot

      October 30, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Day 67 In Which we Escape with our Lives (but our nerves are shot)

      Anyone planning to walk around Amsterdam would be well advised to first practise a few exclamations. Goodness knows that, in the course of any 30 minute walk, you will be likely to use almost all of them. I have listed some of the most common ones below:

      Look Out on your right
      Look Out on your left
      Look Out, they’re coming at us from both sides
      That swine almost skittled me
      That swine skittled me
      Where did he (she) come from ?
      I didn’t see that one at all
      I’m going to die
      This is absurd
      They’re everywhere, I can’t take it anymore
      They just ran over my foot
      He only missed me by a millimetre
      He must have been riding at 40 kph
      He was an old guy and he was still a maniac
      What the ?
      My nerves are shot
      Now can we get back to our hotel ?

      Since this was to be our last full day in Amsterdam we wanted to spend the time doing something away from the masses. For that reason we headed away from the centre of the city to a large public park called the Vondelpark. This is a sprawling 45 hectare parkland situated about 2 km from our hotel. It sounded like a good place to escape the bicycle menace for a couple of hours.

      The weather had also excelled itself by providing yet another beautiful clear and mild day. We had expected that, at this late stage of the season, it would have been rather bitter. Although the thick carpet of fallen leaves spoke of the nearness of winter, the warm sunshine almost made it feel like springtime.

      On the way to the park we had several more near death experiences and also witnessed a crash between two cyclists at an intersection. Both seemed adamant that they had right of way (whatever that means here) and spent some time exchanging heated words after they had dragged themselves and their bikes back up off the bitumen. They were both able to continue on their ways, but the outcome could easily have been worse. It was just as well that neither of them hit their unprotected heads on the road. I suspect that these sort of collisions must be a common occurrence in such a hectic cycling scene.

      The park itself was delightful with lots of open spaces, lakes and huge trees. We found a quiet coffee shop and sat down to enjoy a cup of coffee and some good Dutch apple cake. After the park we headed back towards the centre of the city for the final time. We had heard that the Rijksmuseum was a pretty special place to visit, so we thought we might be prepared to give it a go. As we approached the museum the huge crowds of noisy tourists, shouting tour guides and proliferation of selfie sticks was enough to make us have second thoughts. I don’t care how good the museum might be, but we were just not prepared to endure the crowds. I longed for the quiet back roads that we loved so much on our France ride. I guess I am just not a city person. That probably explains why I only go to central Melbourne about 2 or 3 times a year, and as soon as I am there, I can’t wait to escape back to my own personal sanctuary again.

      We turned our backs on the Museum and also on the nearby Van Gogh Museum as well. I wondered if there was somewhere nearby where it wouldn’t be so crowded. As it turned out there was, and what’s more, it was FREE. We found ourselves in the impressive headquarters of Coster Diamonds and spent the next hour fascinated by the work of the diamond cutters and jewelry makers. I had heard that Amsterdam is renowned for the skill of the diamond cutters and now we could see why. I wondered how you ever acquired this sort of skill, after all you could not entrust a million dollar diamond to a first year apprentice.

      The workers were handling diamonds so small we could barely see them and it was mesmerising to see how a complex diamond earring slowly took shape before our eyes. Each small movement could potentially destroy a valuable gem. I wondered what they told their wives when they came home after a bad day. “Today I shattered a $10,000,000 diamond, the company wants to take it out of my wages”. It would also have been so easy for a tiny diamond to fall onto the floor and bounce into some unseen hiding hole.

      Connected to the cutting rooms were a series of showrooms where the rich and famous could indulge themselves on priceless diamonds, unbelievably expensive watches and other equally pointless rubbish. It was interesting, but we left shaking our heads and wondering what was the real point behind all the show and pretense.

      We both felt like something easy for lunch and ended up at the KFC store in the Centrum. It was the first KFC we had seen since leaving Melbourne and I had to admit that it did taste finger licking good. A final long and meandering walk back to our hotel completed our final day.

      As we walked we again dodged bikes and marveled at some of the crooked buildings we were passing along the way. In some case the entire building had slumped forward towards the canal, and in other cases the two sides of the building had moved in opposite directions. The result was an amazing collection of higgledy piggledy buildings unlike any I had seen anywhere else in the world. I am not sure what it would have been like to live in some of these crooked homes and I am sure that they would have been condemned in Melbourne. In Amsterdam they are apparently embraced as part of their history.

      Tonight we pack our bags for the last time as we prepare for that long, long journey back home.

      The next time you hear from us we will be back in Melbourne.
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    • Day 4

      Spui - Ámsterdam.

      October 30, 2021 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Antes de convertirse en la Plaza Spui que conocemos hoy en día, esta zona era un cuerpo de agua que marcaba el límite donde terminaba la ciudad de Ámsterdam, hasta que en 1882 la zona fue "rellenada" para convertirse en la pequeña y agradable Plaza Spui.Read more

    • Day 3

      Keizersgracht - Ámsterdam.

      October 29, 2021 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      El Keizersgracht ("Canal del Emperador") es un canal en Ámsterdam, Países Bajos. Es el segundo de los tres canales principales de Ámsterdam que juntos forman el Grachtengordel, o cinturón de canales, y se encuentra entre el Herengracht interior y el Prinsengracht exterior.Read more

    • Day 3

      Herengracht - Ámsterdam.

      October 29, 2021 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      El Herengracht es el segundo de los cuatro canales de Ámsterdam que pertenecen al cinturón de canales y se encuentra entre Singel y Keizersgracht. El Gouden Bocht (Golden Bend) en particular es conocido por sus grandes y hermosas casas junto a los canales.Read more

    • Day 2

      Churros!! Nadine ist glücklich! Freude!

      April 11, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Nach einem kurzen Verdauungsspaziergang sind wir endlich am geplanten Laden, Dolce & Gelato, angekommen und haben hier Nadines Churros gekauft. Nadine hat sich 8 Stück mit Nutella gegönnt und war spätestens nach dem ersten Bissen nochmal einiges glücklicher. Mit einem Grinsen im Gesicht sind wir Churro essend Richtung Wohnung aufgebrochen.Read more

    • Day 2

      Die neun Straßen

      April 11, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Um auch weiterhin die Zeit sinnvoll zu nutzen, sind wir ein paar Straßen weiter durch ‘‘de 9 Straatjes‘‘ (Deutsch, Neun Straßen) geschlendert. Bei diesen handelt es sich um ein ruhiges, malerisches Grachtenviertel mit Vintage- und Designerboutiquen sowie gemütlichen Cafés. Gegen 13:00 Uhr sind wir dann wieder zurück zur Kirche, um eine kleine Pause vor dem Aufstieg einzulegen.Read more

    • Day 13

      Walking Through Amsterdam

      May 7, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

      A few photos in the plaza in front of the building preceded our attempt to find lunch. We found a hot dog stand. Glenda made a pylsa dog. We sat on a street side bench beside a guy from New Jersey named Artie Rizzo, who sets up huge pieces of art in museums throughout the world. Then a leisurely walk back to Central Station took us by lovely canals and streets, as well as the floating flower market. Bicycles were aggressively present everywhere. Glenda snatched a photo shot of a "coffee house," the Dutch euphemism for a marijuana store.Read more

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    Universität von Amsterdam, Universitaet von Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Maagdenhuis

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