Sydney to Amsterdam
19.01.2013 - 20.01.2013 -4 °C
Got to the airport on Saturday afternoon and took my flight to Amsterdam, via Kuala Lumpur. First flight was good, with a spare seat beside me. Second flight from Kuala Lumpur was also fairly good, even though it was 13 hours. Finally I arrived in Amsterdam and made it through customs and immigration fairly easily. My friend Chris met me at the airport and gave me a lift back to his parents house. Was good to finally have a shower and feel fresh!
I decided I would push through the whole day to try and reset my body clock, and I did manage to make it through until 8:30 pm local time. Managed to knock a few classic Dutch things off the bucket list in the first few hours of being there. First up I ice skated on a canal, in a more rural area just outside of Amsterdam. It was a brief experience but I managed not to fall over or break my wrist. After ice skating we headed back into Amsterdam. In the afternoon ticked off riding bikes around Amsterdam which was really awesome. We took a brief tour around the lane-ways, canals and old buildings in the city centre.
Come 2:30 we ducked into this tiny little bar to watch the Amsterdam (Ajax) v Rotterdam football game. At times it was pretty intense inside this local bar that was tiny and packed to the rafters; and fortunately Amsterdam won. Whilst we were cosily tucked in the little bar/cafe called 'Café de Blaffende Vis' (The Barking Fish Cafe) snow had begun falling outside, so by the time we decided to move on to somewhere else we had to ride the bikes all the way home, sliding around and snow in our eyes. ,
We took a short but uncomfortable ride to a nearby pizza pasta place and had a really nice meal. Upon leaving we had a quick walk through a semi deserted red light district; probably because it was -3, snowing and a sunday night. Finally we braved the long ride home through the snow which was intense but fun, trekking along in the night with the snow still falling!