Travel Blog – Amsterdam

29 09 2009

Waking up late again (spot the pattern?) we lazed around for a while and stole the internet from the people next door to check our emails etc. We then all bought return tickets to Amsterdam and headed that way on the train.

Walking around the tourist laden streets and through the main square we were getting kind of hungry and while there were enough places to eat we waited till we hit a canal. Stopping for savory pancakes of ham and cheese along with the obligatory beer we then waited for Tony’s boss to join us for a drink.

Lazing in the sun (f6.3 1/200 19mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

Lazing in the sun (f6.3 1/200 19mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

The sun was glorious and the atmosphere exactly what you might expect from Amsterdam. One cool thing that the locals obviously enjoyed was barbeques on boats. Supposedly they only come out of storage when it is sunny and so the canal was constantly buzzing with people going up and down in small boats with grills and sizzling sausages in the back.

Canals 1 (6.3 1/80 17mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

Canals 1 (6.3 1/80 17mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

Canals 2 (f7.1 1/100 40mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

Canals 2 (f7.1 1/100 40mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

After sitting and having a relaxing time in the sun with Ha (Tony’s aforementioned boss) we decided it was time to look around the city a little bit. Getting suggestions from Ha and another of Tony’s colleagues we headed off to walk around but unfortunately it seemed that many of the places were under renovation or being ripped up so there wasn’t too much to see, and while we walked past what were touted to be some of the best night clubs in Amsterdam it was the middle of the day so there wasn’t really all that much to see.

I’m not really sure where Martin took this shot but I liked it and felt justified adding it to this entry as the time stamp says it was taken during our wander around town:

Traveling van for a traveling man (f10 1/100 17mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

Traveling van for a traveling man (f10 1/100 17mm - Photo courtesy of Martin)

We stopped for coffee (and just coffee) in front of a weirdly placed American comedy club while deciding what to do next, and this being Amsterdam we were interested in sampling the local fare but being complete noobs didn’t really know where to begin.

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And then nothing happened. Nothing at all and we were all in bed at a reasonable time…

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5 10 2009
The old man

I had no idea that ‘nothing’ had that sort of affect on your memory!

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