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April 30th, 2007 – by: genetravelling
So I got into Amsterdam on Friday night and was already overbubbling with joy. Flying into Schipol is one of the more pleasant things to do in a plane. It's such a beautiful, flat, colourful, organised country. And the canals are truly a marvel.
The Netherlands is really just one of those quiet little achievers that sits in the corner doing everything right, getting top marks on all her assignments, finishing them years before anyone else has even thought about it, and then making money on it from everyone else.
So often patriotism is misguided, but not in this case - the Dutch are fiercely patriotic and rightly so.
I always like to visit a place that I can respect.
I had a delightful dinner in Amsterdam and its always good to get out of Vienna if not just to get fresh seafood and vegetables other than potato and corn.
I then got out and about the city visiting Rembrandt's plein and Dam square before a quick walk through the ever interesting Red Light district to my hostel.
It was then that I realised I'd totally forgotten why most people travel to Am'dam - and that's to smoke 'em. The whole place stunk and there was plenty of weird creatures crashed around the joint.
Saturday saw me up early thanks to some vomitting Scottish guy on mushrooms. I visited Rijks museum, Van Gogh museum and then had a nap on the Museum's plein lawn.
The Heinekin brewery was also very well presented. I was a little hesitant to go but glad I made the choice.
I'm not exactly into beer culture but it was a very entertaining tour.
Saturday night I watched the cricket World Cup in an aussie pub and immediately met a heap of friendly aussies. Plus we bloody won the thing!!
Sunday was a pleasant day at the beach and then off to The Hague for 'Koenniginnenacht': Queens Night.
It was definitely going off. It was probably a bit too crowded for my liking and very hard to get around. But the Dutch sure know how to party.
Then there was Queen's Day....
Don't really know where to start. I awoke to a fresh, crisp, bright new day and I started immediately in Dam square. There was a whole heap of carnival rides going off and then i walked south to Rembrandts plein. On the way I discovered that the entire city had turned orange. Everyone was dressed in some sort of orange appendage and there was some extremely interesting, novel and funny outfits. Every single street, road and alley was totally packed with people and everyone was in party mode. It was very cool.
Apparently there was about 2million people on the streets (1million of them being tourists).
At Rembrandt's plein there was a huge concert stage with a DJ and also a rock band on the roof of another pub. I kept walking to Jordaan (an very nice area of the city along some wide canals).
The night ended up well, with me scamming front stage entrance to a huge DJ Tiesto (widely regarded as the world's best DJ) concert in Museum's plein. It was aweome and the music was totally pumping. Apparently there was over 200,000 people were there.
All in all I cannot recommend this day highly enough to people. The Dutch are an incredibly friendly, happy, easy going people and they really know how to have fun. The city is beautiful and I didnt see any sign of violence the whole day.
Full marks to The Dutch!
PS Did you know Australia was originally called 'New Holland'? Aparently most Dutch didnt even know this.....
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