29.07.2009 - 31.07.2009 22 °C
Dale and I made it up for our early morning rise and by 3:30am were well on our way to Amsterdam! We followed a camper van most of the way there josiling for postitions along the route and were amused to see them in Rotterdam at the other end! The Journey was really quick to Harwich and after discovering it is the only port in the world with no fast food AKA McDonalds we pitched up in a carpark and made ourselves a nice cup of tea and some breakfast.
We were loaded onto the ferry quickly and were able to get a table near the front which I am sure helped with my seasickness as I didn’t get any! The Journey was so long and boring! I did try to sleep twice but was not able to due to the noise and the not so comfortable seating which was on offer alas the Journey was soon over and we were on our Way to Amsterdam via Rotterdam. Rotterdam was full of greenhouses I have never seen things so big in all my life! But it did make for a nice passing visit enroute!
First off we decided to see if Dale’s apartment was still open and his apartment. When the key opened the door and we were met by an unfurbished dimly lit staircase it all looked promising. However the woman in the kitchen who was there when Dale opened the front door upstairs probably wouldn’t have been too pleased had she of seen us!
So time for plan B and we had seen a campsite on the internet so headed in its direction and were lucky enough to find that they had availability for our tent (not car though). Poor Chitty had to be left by the Dyke which we were told by the campsite was banned but we found out the next day there isn’t much they can do about it (after we paid on day two for a parking space at the camp site GRRRR). Before we knew it our tent was up…in the wrong zone (my bad) and we were sipping on some of the finest tea we had on offer :D
So when in Amsterdam one must experience the Red light district at night and that is exactly what we did heading into the centre of town and to Dam square to look at the palace and some friendly protestors! From here we went window shopping for a Lady…and that is literally how blatant it is I was amazed! I had heard about it but didn’t realise it would be quite like it was. Scantily clad women in shop windows with a bed and clinical sink in the room with them selling various ‘services’ and various prices. I was surprised how nice all the young ladies looked though there was none of this corner girl junkie look going on and they all appeared to be in good shape. We then found ourselves on the other side of the red light District and by the Sex Erotic Museum! This was really good and well worth the €5 entry even just to sit on the giant penis!
Dale wanted to get some Amnesia Haze weed so we went to his favourite store from his time in Amsterdam and he brought a gram. We then went back to ZeeBurg Campsite and had a beer…and Dale had a smoke. I thought how nice it smelt and definitely not the same as the stuff I have seen in the UK.
We were hoping for an early night but a campsite which looked more like a gypsy encampment than a family park (as it was adversised) kept the party going long into the night. At 2:30am people started to shout at those still going to ‘Shut the f**k up!’. It seemed to work and we woke up at about 7am.
Next was Museum day I am currently writhing this from a Coffeeshop (not that kind) right next to the Anne Frank Museum. The coffee was really nice as was the Bagel but they clearly lied about internet access as the WiFi will connect but doesn’t work so I am hence sticking this in word for uploading later. The Anne Frank house was well worth a look and a terrifying reminder of the terrors one human being can bestow upon another. I truly hope that this is never something that has to happen again! We felt the museum would be a good stop before Auschwitz, in Poland. Next we are off to the Heiniken museum! Hopefully there will be lots of beer tasting!