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Aug 17, 2006 - Rotterdam

I arrived in Rotterdam yesterday lunchtime after an efficient and rapid ferry crossing on a Stena catamaran. These things are quick, crossing the North sea in five hours and turning a 180 in port to dock and discourage passengers and cars. A quick train ride and I am in Rotterdam. I was hoping that Rotterdam would be like Amsterdam but the truth is it is small and provincial and has little to really recommend it. A far cry from the unlikely and over-enthusiastic recommendations in Lonely Planet. I have four days here and to be honest it is...

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Andy's Wanderings

Jul 10, 2006 - Hazerswoude - Lekkerkerk

Afgelopen week heeft iedereen hard gewerkt. Daardoor heb ik op tijd voor het vertrek een nieuwe bril, een stuurpen en stuur, een nieuw spatbord, koplamp, spiegeltje en snelheidsmeter. We kunnen vertrekken. De zon schijnt. Het is 27 graden. Marcel Toebak en Karin Kinable zwaaien ons uit. Stipt om 13.12 rijden we de straat uit. Om 13.42 landt een grote laag vliegende hommel hoog op Rianne's bovenbeen. Met een rode blos op mijn wangen zuig ik de hommelbeet uit. Langs de Rotte fietsen zij naar Rotterdam. Daar gaan wij op bezoek bij Quirinus,...

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Jul 3, 2006 - Try-out met bepakking

Op zondag 3 juli is onze echte try out. Fietsten wij op 5 mei nog zonder bepakking, nu heeft Rianne alle tassen ingepakt en op de fietsen gebonden. Ik stond er met de weegschaal naast en keek toe of alles evenwichtig was verdeeld. Nadat Rianne acht fietstassen met inhoud op de fietsen geladen had, konden we beginnen aan een try-out. Bij een temperatuur van 30 graden fietsten we zo'n 27 km met bepakking. Het was goed om even te testen of de tassen / fietsen goed beladen waren. We vervoeren ieder een kleine 18 kilo. Er is zelfs in de tassen...

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Jun 20, 2006 - Den Haag and final morning in Berlin

Well here I am in Den Haag, Holland. Had an bit of a frustrating time getting here but I can only blame that on my own stupidity. I'll get into that in a bit but first I must tell you about my last last morning in Berlin which was a lttle out of the ordinary. I had asked the hostel receptionist to wake me up in the morning at 6:15am so I could catch my direct train to Den Haag from Berlin which was departing at 8:38am. "No problem" he said, "which bed are you in the dorm?"... "the top bunk on the far left" I said. "I should be easy to find,...

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May 30, 2006 - Gouda, Delft, The Hague, Edam, Volendam & Marken

After stocking up on some Belgian beer specials we hit the road and left Belgium behind. Next stop Holland - cheese country! Gouda is a nice little town, but a bit quiet until summer arrives and the cheese markets bring the tourists. Onto Delft, our base for visiting The Hague. Delft is a pretty town, almost a mini Amsterdam, without all the seedy bits! And cheap trams to The Hague...that is when you discover you can get away without paying on the return trip. You can almost feel the air of importance in The Hague, but unfortunately the...

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Apr 28, 2006 - Leiden, Holland - The Wallace Family

Today was one of the highlights of my trip..seeing a blast from the past and talking about the old college days. Seeing Kim and her family was great...Madysen, Colin, and Michaela are three well-behaved, happy children. We started our day by picking up two of the kids at their school and playgroup while Michaela came in tow in the baby seat. At first the kids were pretty shy, but they warmed up after we got back to the house and started eating sandwiches for lunch. Madysen seems to be the bulldog of the kids always telling Manny and I what...

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Apr 12, 2006 - Rotterdam

Rotterdam - I arrived in Rotterdam, only to fall in love with it. With its amazing architecture, and open feel to it I knew it was my up side to my trip. Walked the city using a tourist route map (how organised is this city!) and saw old buildings mixed amongst creative, innovated new ones. The city was completely bombed in the war, so they have had to rebuild it - and with style! There are some crazy looking sculptures, but they don't look out of place. The cubed houses are my favourite. They were designed in 1970's and are literally...

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My Adventures 2006

Mar 27, 2006 - Back Home

En toen waren weer thuis....... Bijna 30 uur vliegen. Met ogen die bijna ons hoofd uit branden, komen we aan ( met enige vertraging) op Schiphol,Amsterdam. Het is fijn op weer terug te zijn. Ons huis. Eigen douche, toilet. En toch ook weer vreemd. Het zal nog wel enige dagen duren voordat alles weer 'normaal' is. We hebben kaarten ontvangen (welkom thuis), bloemen,plantjes,zoethout thee, delfsblauw,slingers,balonnen,tekeningen. Het kan allemaal niet op. Een warm welkom thuis, dat is zeker. Het voelt goed dat jullie blij zijn dat weer thuis...

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AJUUS !!!!!!!

Feb 12, 2006 - The Hague and Deflt

And so on to The Hague where Mr Excitement (aka Dave) was super keen to visit the World Court and one of the only cities in the world which holds a countries parliament and government buildings but not be the capital (that is Amsterdam)! Amazed? The Hague was nice for a biggish city and Meg and I did a nice Royal Buildings walk - it turns out every third building there was lived in at one point by Willem I, II or III. It also turned out that Delft, a town I had always wanted to visit (for its beautiful pottery) was a mere tram ride away....

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WorldWideWarren

Feb 12, 2006 - Amsterdam/Brugge

Continuando o tópico anterior, meu trem já estava na plataforma, e fui procurar o vagão do meu assento... Começo a andar, andar, andar, sobre a plataforma, até que chego na maquina do trem e nada do meu vagão! Não sabia que existia overbooking em bilhetes de trem hehe! Procurei o condutor, e ele me orientou a pegar sentar em qualquer lugar que qualquer coisa ele resolvia. Argumentei que as pessoas iam me encomodar durante a noite, pois em cada parada descem e sobem passageiros, daí ele achou uma cabine que ia ficar com lugar vazio e me...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Here we go... Brussel to Buenos Aires

Maandag 28 november... na een weekend van koude waarin Belgie volledig is ondergesneeuwd breekt de dag van ons vertrek aan. Gepakt en gezakt trekken we vanuit Gent Sint Pieters richting de nationale luchthaven. Een snelle en goedkope hop van Brussel naar Madrid door Virgin Express geeft een kickstart aan onze trip. Eenmaal in Madrid doet ons eerste probleem zich echter voor: Iberia heeft ons op de standby lijst geplaatst. Blijkbaar hebben ze overboekt en dan speelt de volgorde van incheck een rol. Aangezien bijna alle passagiers al met...

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Argentina 2005

Oct 29, 2005 - Visit to the Netherlands

08-10-2005 / 23-10-2005 Originally planned for the end of the year as a conclusion of my trip, I decided to bring my visit to the Netherlands forward with the regard to the declining health of my mother. First it seemed to me that my time in Buenos Aires was to be up very soon. However, this timing opened up a lot of space for decision making by the end of the year, and it was good to go home after such a long time. The sunday I arrived I was picked up by my sister Sylvia, with whom I would spend the first week, and did visit my mother...

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