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See those bikes across?

It was Christmas day, our hips buckled on our seats, the 777 was airborne and cruising at 37,000 feet over at the Atlantic when I kissed and greeted my wife "Merry Christmas!". No fancy red wine, but only bottled water were in our hands. It was different, yet happy that we're together like those past Christmas seasons. As a matter of fact, this one was unusual as we normally travel before or after Christmas day if we were to get away for holiday. I guess, we simply wanted to have it a bit different for this holiday adventure, if you would. 

After landing to Schiphol for a connecting flight to Milan, my wife and I agreed to see Dam Quarter.

Beautiful Magna Plaza
At first we were reluctant, but then we realised that neither both of us want to waste six hours just waiting for a connecting flight. We headed out anyway.

Getting out from the airport I thought was going to be a headache: overwhelming direction signage, long queue at customs,  confusing instructions of ticket machine, etc.  It turned out upon meeting the custom officer that they are not as intimidating people as I thought. The Dutch officer carried a very good command of English as well! We got out from the airport and headed to "Central Station" with the guide of a friendly American traveller named Markell (she's heading to Berlin) we've met going out from the airport who happened to be heading to The Dam also for sightseeing. From there we took a walk heading to this great open plaza.

Wished I've seen the inside

Along the way we noticed that Dutch people obviously love biking; a long line of parked bikes and people crisscrossing with cyclists on the streets. I was captivated with this old structure building turned into a lovely shopping mall standing majestically in one of the major streets there. Walking along one of the canals and seeing this bunch of ferries in their distinctive blue painted bodies festooned with multiple little banners was a feast to the eye. The public trams by the rails were too close to each other. Although they ran cautiously, we always moved and crossed the street with the crowd so as to avoid being hit by it.  Gushing of people from every direction was unbelievable, but I cannot understate the way they carried themselves; you just can't help but admire Dutch women!

So we finally reached the plaza, took quick shots of building structures, alternately with my wife and occasionally with Markell.

it's just along the canal! Nice and narrow apartments at the back!
Note: do not miss Madame Tassaud Museum. After awhile, we headed back to the Central Station to catch a train going back to Schiphol airport. I had to stop at Sex Museum and took a solo picture at the entrance. Three Euro was needed to get in, but it was the flight schedule that we were chasing after; the wife was getting a bit worried...  

Overall, the atmosphere in that afternoon - though hurried, was fun. Drizzling and the ground was wet, but that's a good trade-off to see the beauty of its people and the welcoming city of Amsterdam.   

mga_galang_paa says:
Neither was I right, sorry! Madame Tussaud :) Cheers!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
Africancrab says:
Hahahaaa, you gotta forgive me, English is my fourth language I struggle each time I have to write it. French is no piece of cake either - Madame Tusaud! got ya!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
mga_galang_paa says:
That's the sad part, I've always been wanting to visit the museum, got the opportunity twice (Amsterdam and Las Vegas) and still didn't make it! Once I visit London or Hongkong, I'll make sure I visit Madame Tusaud! ha ha!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2008
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See those bikes across?
See those bikes across?
Beautiful Magna Plaza
Beautiful Magna Plaza
Wished Ive seen the inside
Wished I've seen the inside
its just along the canal! Nice an…
it's just along the canal! Nice a…
At Schiphol Airport after our arri…
At Schiphol Airport after our arr…
Unmistakably Amsterdam...
Unmistakably Amsterdam...
from across the street
from across the street
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