Amsterdam - Our first steps on Europe
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March 9th, 2007 – by: robinpp
After being on a plane for like 13 hours, we get off at Schiphol airport â€“ lots of people going around yet very clean â€“ we then set to catch the train to Amsterdam in a hurry, we got only 4 hours until our connection flight to Madrid. After trying to figure out how the ticket vending machines work â€“ Dutch language looks like nothing we know â€“ we purchased our tickets at the booth. We took the bright yellow train to Amsterdam Centraal Station, walked out of the crowded station, and there it was! Beautiful city, nasty humid weather, but, oh boy, did we got excited! Our very first visit in Europe!! Here we are, very unsure which way to take... this or that way?? OK, let's go with the "flow". We tried to buy some postcards but were shocked how expensive they were, then we noticed all the pornography and marihuana stuff in the shop, we quickly remember we're in The Netherlands! haha... never stopping of taking pictures and recording on video everything we see, we continue walking, we spot a plaza/square, don't recall the name, my wife Ana starts chasing all the pigeons (no luck catching any one), there's the Madame Thusaud wax museum, there are several very old buildings and a chopped car... or so I think, a red tiny micro nano car! that's funny! (remember, we come from U.S.A.) After that Ana finds a pub (Louis Bar CafĂ© de Dam), she asks for warm wine, I set for a draft beer... and we get a Brit to take us a picture. We continue to walk through those narrow streets, seeing people of many places, dozens of very old buildings, the canals... the ambience. I was photographed with a beautiful blonde - actually, a sign for a tatto shop! We saw an interesting church, and when we walked around it, we found next to prostitutesâ€™ "showrooms" !! You don't see such a thing stateside! One more thing unseen before: a public "pee-device" so funny we couldn't resist to take a snapshot!! We went on seeing more canals, and more Heineken neon signs, advertising boards and even horse-pulled carriages! Almost four hours went by fast, we rushed back to the airport... almost missing our flight; thanks to two gals working for Iberia that helped us get onboard... Next, the Madrid Chapter.
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