Booyaka Johnson

Silly title for a blog post, I know, but then again some people in Amsterdam themselves are quite silly, in particular one chap we were approached by last night.

I’ve made it back from Amsterdam, still alive and in one piece and with the batteries mildly recharged. Such a fantastic city, everything “just works” (so my brother says after the few days away), tons of photos, way too much food and drink (all good of course), and so much to see.

Days were spent strolling the streets (did manage to hit a museum or two along with Madame Tussauds), drinking too many cappuccinos (those Dutch know how to brew a good coffee), and ducking in and out of places for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a croissant here, a donut there. Found loads of amazing little shops, am amazed at the amount of English in the city (by language and nature) and would certainly go back again.

The hotel we booked wasn’t exactly as advertised but for the amount of time we actually spent there it was totally reasonable, and given it’s proximity to everything I wouldn’t have a problem booking there again for a short stay – comfy beds, well lit rooms, friendly staff. Didn’t see that breakfast room they’re supposed to have (and a big sign in the lobby suggested that you have to go up the street for breakfast) but with a wealth of options within a minutes walk you’re not going to have any trouble eating.

Did take a river cruise and managed to squeeze in a few photos but it was great to just shut off for the few days (bar a quick check to the office on Monday morning) and just take everything nice and easy.

While the Red Light District is something I’d suggest to absolutely anyone for the sheer experience of walking around, you’ve got to be weary of the drug dealers. Jesus Christ – they’re everywhere. You can’t walk five minutes up the road without someone whispering “smack, charlie, cocaine” in your ear but if you keep on walking you’re grand rather than even dignify them with a response – not that it matters to them or anything.

Go back again? Most certainly, might even play the tourist next time and actually get to see some of the better known sights and sounds….

For now it is high time to get to bed, get set for the morning, get back to some regular blogging….


  1. Sean April 4, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Well its good to see your back in one piece! I was wondering why there was no posts! Had abit of withdrawl syndrom! 😛

  2. Ken McGuire April 4, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    bit of a withdrawal myself but i’m back and armed once again with more ideas for things. great to get away and think a little!

  3. Pavlos April 9, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    hahaha, a hotel is never as advertised! Glad you had an otherwise fun time there.

  4. Ken McGuire April 10, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Certainly did! Good to see your internet access coming around again. Any quicker with arms assemblies yet? 🙂

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