Kate's Travel Blog

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Hello All, Hope you are well.
The first few days have been very busy. The ferry was pretty uneventful as we went to bed early as we knew we'd have to be up early. We did go out onto the 'sun deck' to go wave goodbye to hull as we left and we had a wander around the shops but anyone who knows me and Wendy know we can entertain each other talking (Wendy is even more chatty than I am).
Kate in Amsterdam
We got a wake up call at 6am local time (that's 5am to u & me)!!! We disembarked at 8am and got a transfer to Amsterdam. We were at our hostel to drop our bags off by 11am!!! So we headed to Anne Frank's house before lunch. It was amazing - I can't get over how big it was! We ate some lunch at a little cafe & I was shocked to realise the reason why people kept on coming in and going to the back was to pick up weed! (Wendy thought they were using the Loo!) Afterwards we went for a look round the red light district in search of a 'penis statue' which Wendy was very disappointed to find was no longer there!! Saw lots of ladies in windows though :)
We wandered round the Dam square, the central square in Amsterdam and where the Royal Palace, for the rest of the afternoon.
Yesterday we went to Bejinhof 'a secluded oasis' of houses and a church - doesn't sound much but it's breath taking. Amsterdam's oldest house was also there - wooden. (delete is in the wrong place on this keyboard!)
Afterwards we went to Amsterdam's Historisch Museum which was huge and combined all sorts of history - starting with geography then archaeology and continued with social history up to the present.
Last night we went for a meal at a Thai restaurant. We have met loads of people at the hostel and made friends with a Korean and American girls, but they both left this morning :(
Today we have been to the Medieval Torture Museum - has to be our highlight so far. Bit like the Dungeons but with loads more information (sometimes a little graphic!)
We also went to the flower market and had a walk down one of the canals.
The hostel is really nice, it has a kitchen so we have cooked a couple of nights and breakfast is included (we stole more for lunch too).
Keep running out of time - 1 euro is 12 mins!
Moving on to Zurich tomorrow - early start, train leaves at 7.05am. But we are spending the middle of the day in Frankfurt. Urgh! Swiss francs & just as I was getting used to euros.
Amsterdam has been surprisingly easy to find our way around as most of the street are perpendicular. Beautiful and clean place. Cyclists stop for nothing though and there are still plenty of pigeons here to scare me - only problem is I might duck into a canal! (Seb you will be pleased to know Wendy is tutting at me every time and constantly making me walk at them.)
Afraid I can't upload piccy here, hopefully will be able to in Zurich.
Will be in touch in a couple of days. Hope to hear from you.
love to all, don't forget me.
Take care
Kate xxxxx