Prelude to an Interlude: Wandering Around Amsterdam
Welcome to the semi-cultural portion of my Theme Park Review Europe Trip 2019 report! Yes, this “prelude” (or “foreword” or “introduction” or “preface” or whatever you want to call it) will be followed by an “interlude.” Get excited, ladies and gents!
The last time I was in Amsterdam with TPR, I did take in a fair amount of culture (such as the paintings of Van Gogh and Rembrandt), not to mention beer. This time, I wandered around the city with my pre-trip roommate, Brad; took a canal-boat ride; did some hard time in the Amsterdam Dungeon; and, of course, ate some poffertjes (oh, I miss these). So, why don’t you join Brad and I was we see the sights of this beautiful Dutch city. Will you learn something? Well, probably not, but it’s a nice walk.
But first we have to get there--via Iceland.
At Dulles, it was about 102 degrees F and outrageously humid. Iceland was 55 degrees F and damp. I thought it was a good trade.
A few hours later, hanging out in Amsterdam. How many of you have I lost to the Red Light District? Well, there's more than weed and naked women around here, you know.
For example, there are nice, wholesome ice-cream cones . . . and weed.
Poffertjes are nice, too. This joint was great. They made wonderfully unhealthy desserts using poffertjes, churros, or crepes as a base. Who wants little pancakes covered in Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream? They also had some concoction named the “Red Light District,” which they brought to someone’s table with suitable hoopla. Yes, you could get chocolate bits laced with cannabis.
I’ll have the Super Fly Sirloin with extra Dolemite, please.
I like it. Simple, direct, and it gets to the point.
Officer, they’re just seeds. What do you have against flowers?
Brad had never been to Amsterdam, and I’d never been on an Amsterdam canal-boat tour. The big brick building is the central train station, which provided easy access to the city from out hotel.
The ducks were all, “Why not? Take a nice boat ride. Learn a little something. Just quit annoying us."
Ahoy, avast, and other such nautical claptrap!
We were the last passengers to board, so we got stuck behind two panes of not-so-clear plexiglass.
The canals are very narrow in spots, and tight turns were tricky. It was interesting watching the skipper navigate.
A beautiful city in a not-so-beautiful photo.
It’s tough to find perfectly level buildings in Amsterdam. The old houses tend to lean a bit thanks to the soft ground.
All ashore. Don’t drink the canal water.
For five euros, see what you're getting yourself into.
Looking for a shopping center and a burger joint called “The Butcher,” where we met the Alveys for lunch after our canal tour.
After futzing around a bit with Google Maps, we found Magna Plaza, which was within striking distance of lunch.
We also found Amsterdam Disney! Mickey and Minnie will steam your glasses and scar you for life for a mere 25 euros.
The palace was far more regal than the hot-dog stand. More to come.
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