Wanderlust and Appetites

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This is a thing that sits behind Centraal station across the water. I’ve always been meaning to take a decent photo of it, and got my chance on the canal trip when we sailed quite close to it :)

This is a thing that sits behind Centraal station across the water. I’ve always been meaning to take a decent photo of it, and got my chance on the canal trip when we sailed quite close to it :)

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Uitsmijter and spek pannenkoek, the best of hangover breakfasts :P

So after a crazy night out which started with beer and dinner, and ended in tequila shots and a long stumble home at 4am, a good breakfast was in order. 

Uitsmijter is, according to my Dutch companion, a very Dutch dish. However, it is one which she had never tried before, on account of its proper presentation being THREE eggs on three toast with cheese, which she said always seemed a little too much. But after such a heavy night of drinking, it seemed appropriate for her to give it a try now. I myself opted for the bacon pancake, pancakes being another conventional Dutch enjoyment. 

Both were delicious, although I did have to help in the eating of the uitsmijter (three is too much even for curing a hangover it seems), and when accompanied with copious amounts of tea and juice, it was the perfect start to a chilled day of recovery.  

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Yesterday I FINALLY achieved my goal of taking a boat trip on the Amsterdam canals. It may have taken me the whole year… but the important thing is that I did it. 

My friend Tee had achieved what the rest of us had failed, to find and befriend an attractive Dutch man with his own boat. I met them at NEMO science centre, which sits on the water, and was welcomed aboard. 

We took a jaunt around the city canals, picking up another friend, Victor, en route, before heading on the Amstel river and making our way out of the city. We continued until we reached Ouderkerk, a little village just outside Amsterdam, where the captain of our little vessel had been born and spent his childhood. A couple of times we would moor up against the grassy banks and just chill out in the boat, enjoying the sun and the picnic we had brought along. 

It was an absolutely beautiful day, and it was well after 7pm before we even entertained the notion of returning to the city. 

When we finally did return, we made straight for Hannekes Boom, a bar which lies on the water behind the NEMO building. It is a popular spot for those on the water, since it has its own mooring deck next to its large and equally popular beer garden. We moored up and enjoyed the reminder of the evening with a few drinks and the extra company of some friends who were already at the bar. 

It was half past 10pm when I finally, and reluctantly, disembarked. It was starting to get dark, and the boats resting place lay far to the east, while my lodgings that night were with Eva, a friend who lived in the west. I bid everyone goodbye, shouldered my backpack carefully (despite the constant reapplication of factor 30 sun lotion, my pasty pale english skin had still managed to burn) and happily made my way back home.

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nemsabout:

It’s a good time to be in the Netherlands :D

La Chouffe is sold in The Netherlands?

Well it’s only over the road from Belgium so it doesn’t really have to come far.

I was surprised because La Chouffe is sold only in the southern part of Belgium. But I guess you are in Maastricht or not far from there, am I right?

Nope. Amsterdam :) it’s sold in nearly all the bars here, and I can get in in the supermarkets. Also my friend from Friesland, which is in the super north, gets it there too.

thehousewizzard:

nemsabout:

thehousewizzard:

nemsabout:

It’s a good time to be in the Netherlands :D

La Chouffe is sold in The Netherlands?

Well it’s only over the road from Belgium so it doesn’t really have to come far.

I was surprised because La Chouffe is sold only in the southern part of Belgium. But I guess you are in Maastricht or not far from there, am I right?

Nope. Amsterdam :) it’s sold in nearly all the bars here, and I can get in in the supermarkets. Also my friend from Friesland, which is in the super north, gets it there too.

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