S: EUROPE 2012 - ENGLAND & THE NETHERLANDS
FC: EUROPE | AUGUST 2012 ALDERSHOT DEN HAAG AMSTERDAM
1: At home in Holland
2: When we arrived in Aldershot, we got to tag along to Linda and Jay's appointment and hear the baby's heartbeat! | Linda and Jay opening their birthday gifts | Andy does his annual wardrobe replacement at Sports Direct, and I get a onesie from Primark
3: Linda and Jay treated us to lots of amazing food, including high tea and Indian food
4: Our hostel on Scheveningen beach, Jorplace We stayed in the "pink" room, met people from all over Europe, and even got to jam and play a game or two of chess
5: Our main mode of transportation in Den Haag: Biking!
6: Scheveningen beach
7: Fairytale sculptures by the sea - 23 bronze sculptures by Tom Otterness
9: Weather changes rapidly in the Netherlands because it is so flat. Here we waited out a rainstorm by a tower over-looking Scheveningen
10: Delicious food in Den Haag | Fresh broodje haring from the harbour | 1 Euro gelato
11: Some of our favorite memories in Den Haag: biking through the dunes, exploring the sculptures by the seaside, the city parks, and most of all the beach
12: With our museumkaarts, we had free access to most museums in the Netherlands, including Beelden aan Zee museum which was currently presenting the South African "Rainbow Nation" exhibit
13: Taking the train to Amsterdam
15: We stayed at 2 different hostels in Amsterdam. The first was The uptown Flying Pig next to Vondelpark, where Christina jammed with strangers at 4 am to avoid the snoring wars in the 14-bed dorm. The second hostel was Cocomama, where we stayed in the "tree" room, which included a modern ensuite bathroom-- a first in our travels through Holland
16: But when it was sunny, we enjoyed the parks such as Museumplein, where we picnicked and played chess | As in Den Haag, we had to be prepared for frequent & sudden weather changes in Amsterdam.
18: Amsterdam had beautiful architecture, however it was often obscured by commercial signs. Most buildings had been converted into department stores or malls (such as the one on the right). Rembrandtplein was an area packed with bars & nightclubs.
19: Albert Cuyp market where we found everything we needed (or really wanted)
20: Museums | Sex museum | FOAM | Rijksmuseum | Anne Frank house
21: Van Gogh
23: We only ate out once while we were in Holland, because we were able to find amazing cheap food at Albert Heijn, the most common grocery store there
24: Picnicking at Museumplein | We ate most of our meals in public parks as picnics | Broodje haring (raw herring sandwich) from Albert Cuyp market
25: We biked everywhere in Amsterdam, although traffic was busier and tourists are notorious for ignoring bike traffic both as pedestrians and cyclists | saw a local biking with a cello...
27: Our last night in Amsterdam
28: Traveling | by | a | preparing for a long bus ride home from stinky Toronto | tram, bus bicycle, plane, bus & metro