May17

Written by:Driper
Monday, May 17, 2010 

Amsterdam has been interesting so far. We went on a walking tour which we ditched halfway through because it felt slow and dragged out. Obviously a walking tour isn't going to be super quick but when you stop every few meters to explain the significance of just about everything it gets a bit boring. We went to Teddy's cafe which just felt wrong, walking into a cafe, seeing people who have probably been there for hours attempting to play chess whilst sampling the goods a coffee shop in Amsterdam has to offer was both not normal and rather amusing.

Amsterdam has been interesting so far. We went on a walking tour which we ditched halfway through because it felt slow and dragged out. Obviously a walking tour isn't going to be super quick but when you stop every few meters to explain the significance of just about everything it gets a bit boring. We went to Teddy's cafe which just felt wrong, walking into a cafe, seeing people who have probably been there for hours attempting to play chess whilst sampling the goods a coffee shop in Amsterdam has to offer was both not normal and rather amusing. We went to one of the eats which was listed in the travel book provided by Bus About which was listed as being a good dinner on the cheap and we thought that sounded like a great idea given our budget. We were disappointed to find it was more of a snack bar than somewhere you can order dinner. We wandered around the next day and probably a little worse for wear which is probably due to sampling the local goods. Freda seemed to handle it much better than I did. We seemed to both miss some obvious things and were just a little bit off, to be expected. We went and hired black bikes from the closest rental place for 15 euro each including theft insurance. This meant we could get around a lot quicker than on foot but really had to put in more work. By the end of the day our behinds were a little sore having not been on bikes for years. We take the opportunity to go to the Windmill of Sloten and back to Vondel Park, just across from our hostel. An awesome ride in the park and we see a heap of ducks as well as a few people just relaxing with a few coffee shop purchases. Freda who recently peaked her interest in photography takes some amazing pictures in the park.

Photo of Vondel Park in Amsterdam Photo of Freda on a bike in Vondel Park in Amsterdam Photo of Freda on a bike in Vondel Park in Amsterdam

We wander back to the red light district on Sunday afternoon which we expected to be a little quiet, it wasn't. There were plenty of girls on the Windows. Its better this time than the short trip with our tour as there were girls in most Windows. What struck both Freda and I was that they were generally attractive girls. If you were to compare them to the girls you can see in Kings Cross in Australia they were nothing less than stunning. As the hostels here are one of the more expensive places to stay we decide to go cheap on dinner and lunch as much as we can and follow the guide to have dinner. We end up having two pizza's and a garlic bread with a beer each for 17 Euro. Not bad really, especially when the food was good, not brilliant but for 17 Euro it was fine.

Photo of Vondel Park in Amsterdam House in Amsterdam Hot Food Vending Machine in Amsterdam


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