03.09.2016 - 03.09.2016
Five of us for five days in Amsterdam!
Michael & Morgan have traded in Australia for ten months in Amsterdam. They arrived last week, so we hope there are many more European adventures together!
I was met at Schipol Airport by Morgan late on Thursday night, and after a late night chatting, Michael and I did the same for Peter on Friday morning. We moved all of M&M's possessions to our homely AirBnB for the long weekend. Peter and I rented bicycles, and went for a leisurely bike around the canals of the central city. Biking is the main way to get around: the bike lanes and the awareness of other road users are incredible!
We met the others at a market where we sampled bitterballen - the first of several tasty local foods which Morgan mandated that we try.
That night we stayed in for Bolognese, board games and banter, a combination which appeared more than once. We are such party animals!
At midnight I met Laura after her 4 hour Eurostar train. We managed to sleep in past the All Blacks kick-off, but fortunately they had managed to create a decent lead even without our support and they maintained this with ease. Morgan was so upset at the Wallabies' inept display that she tipped a whole salt-shaker into our eggs!! Bah.
We had a great morning biking along the canals of Amsterdam, and our next Dutch food adventure courtesy of Morgan was Stroopwaffles, a delicious dish of two thin ginger/cinnamon flavoured biscuits stuck together with caramel. We found these in a nice market which had some cool items but unfortunately no frisbee for the park.
We visited the park sans-frisbee which was lovely, albeit a bit crowded. We are spoilt back home with nearby beaches and found it strange that a lot of people were in bikinis and togs in the park even when they're is nowhere swim (thus making this technically 'undies' [Reference: Trumpet ad (2006)]).
Our next stop was an interesting Banksy / Andy Warhol exhibition. We spent quite a long time watching a movie about street art and Banksy's art.
We then took the obligatory photos featuring an "IAMsterdam" sign and some other tourists too.
Morgan again had a good food choices day - recommending an Indonesian banquet for dinner. It was absolutely delicious, apparently there has been a lot of immigration to the Netherlands from Indonesia.
The next morning we experienced a 2.5 hour brunch in complete darkness - the waiters at cTaste are blind. It didn't seem worth taking photos... but the experience was interesting and we had to rely on touch and texture! Hot chocolate served with cream on a separate plate? Challenge accepted! Plus trying to guess what we had been served, some with much more success than others!!!! Sunday afternoon was an admin day for M&M, but the rest of us visited a windmill from the 1600s.
Monday was our last full day and Michael's first at his masters course. After a morning of more card games, Michael joined us for a sunny farewell afternoon in the park.
On the Tuesday we again "moved house" and headed for the airport, where Laura and I flew in to Croatia for a further 6 day adventure!