A Travellerspoint blog

August 2012

Day 15

And then it was done...l.


Well today is the last day of our Europe adventure! I had such an amazing time!!! I absolutely LOVE Europe and can't wait to come back again, hopefully in Dec :). For those of you who haven't heard (which is possible since my sister hasn't been very outgoing in sharing her awesome news!), my sister Laurie is moving to Wales, UK for a yr to do her Masters!!! So, My other sister Lesley and I are hoping to go visit her and do a bit of traveling during Christmas break! Laur, get your floor ready ;)

Back to the present, it's our last day which is bitter sweet. Traveling is always fun, but it's also nice to come home. Eating out for every meal gets tiresome after a while. Sleeping in hotels is fun at first but it's not like your awesome comfy bed at home. Packing your bag to travel to a new country every 3 days can be exhausting. Trying to create new outfits with the same clothes your sick of wearing is a challenge. The last 2 1/2 wks have been a blast but now I can't wait for the home cooked spaghetti dinner my mama's preparing me tomorrow night (it's my traveling tradition! Thanks mom...no pressure!)

Today was an awesome day! We went on the Volendam, Marken and Windmills trip in Holland. We walked through 2 small communities, saw a demonstration of cheese and clog making, went to a big park with sheep, and lots of windmills and took a boat cruise on the sea. We really got to see a lot of Dutch countryside which brings me to my next comment. I am now in search of either a Scotch or Dutch man, can currently live in Canada but must have dual citizenship. So when we marry, I can also obtain citizenship and then we can move and retire to either country! So please, keep your eyes open for me!;)

We had the best cheapest dinner tonight, 2 nights in a row actually...pizza! Mmmmm and for desert we went to a bakery and got bad treates. I had the most amazing strawberry tart! Pictures to come!

Amsterdam and Holland were awesome, just awesome!! Things that I will miss are: wooden shoes, bikes (watch out for the bikes!!!), fries in a cone with mayo, a 'different' smell in the air, windmills and the country side, Anne Frank's huis and canals and water everywhere.

I'm posting early because it's time to start packing up 21/2 wks of our life into our backpacks and try to catch some zzzzzz's. We have a taxi coming to pick us up for the airport at 5:30am for a 9am flight :(. We will fly into Toronto just after 11am. We are loosing 6 hours sleep so I figure I'm either going to be very very wired or very very tired. So tomorrow should be an interesting day!

Til tomorrow!
Love Lins

Posted by lins_euro 11:21 Archived in Netherlands Comments (2)

Day 14


Well we had a great day in Amsterdam. I really like it here, it's in my top places list. There's lots to see and do, the atmosphere is great and it's very unique. We started the day by taking the tram to the dam centre (we aren't in the city centre here, we are about a 15 min tram ride to it). We had breakfast at McDonalds. At home it would be coffee and a muffin, not here! Try coffee and a slice of apple pie! I know, but that's was the only option!
We walked along the 'tourist street' from the dam square to central station. We went to the sex museum and got fries with mayo in cones (soooo wrong but Salika and Moneet were right! Soooo awesome!). Then we headed to Anne Frank's haus. The line up was long, but surprisingly moved pretty well. We waited just under an hour, which was totally worth it. Anne Frank's house is an amazing museum. If you ever come to Amsterdam, you MUST go to it! Everything was kept so authentic, I've never been on tall, small narrow stairs like that, and the tour was very well laid out.

We took the tram back to the hotel and dropped off a bunch of stuff that we had bought. We made our way back to the dam centre, walking around for a while, stopping in little stores, grabbing a slice of pizza and then made our way to the Red Light District. To keep this blog PG, it was an experience. Very interesting to see but also felt very strange. That's all I'm saying about that!

We were able to book the tour we were interested in tomorrow. I'm pretty excited to go North to Holland and see some countryside. Hopefully it's a good tour. It's 6 hours long. Tomorrows our last day in Europe, can't believe it's almost done. I am looking forward to my own bed and not eating out though!

Had a nice FaceTime chat with Darina, Laurie and Colin and my mom over speaker phone..lol Thanks Darina!

Off to bed! Until tomorrow.
Love Lins

Posted by lins_euro 13:52 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Day 13

Hello Amsterdam!!!


Well this has been a long long day of traveling which is funny since we only flew from German to the Netherlands, right next door to each other. I prefer later flights, being a non-morning person it allows for a sleep in, time to shower, pack and do it slowly without being rushed. Love it!! Hate the part that involves waiting around for countless hours with nothing to do! It's ok when you are going on a trip to one destination, but when you are literally flying to a new country every 3 days, man it gets tiring!!

After checking out of the hotel for 11am we walked to a cafe and grabbed carbs and a coffee. We sat there for what felt like forever wasting time, since we had all the time in the world. We walked to the train station and figured out the train that goes to the airport and then we were off. By the time we made it to the airport it was literally 1pm, with our flight not until 5! So we sat around some more. Thank god for this iPad! I pretty much bought it to take on this trip and I'm so thankful that I did. It allows me to go on fb, take pics, Internet, read multiple books and watch movies/TV. I'm currently watching season 1 of Felicity...the greatest girly show!! I think I've seen the complete series 5 times now, it never gets old!

So after an hour flight we arrived in Amsterdam. The airport here is amazing! Absoulely amazing! It's huge, has a thousand stores, is very modern and just awesome!! (I've been reading the book of awesome during this trip, and awesome has become my new favourite word! And really if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend you do!). It was problematic finding our hotel as its not on the city center map, so we had no idea where to go. I must have asked 3 people in info booths and no one knew where we had to go. Finally, we found someone who did (though he literally googled it!). We were directed to take the bus 69. Funny thing is, 69 is the only route not posted in a bus terminal sign. And the only bus that doesn't seem to come as often as the others. When we did see the 69 the first time, we actually missed the bus! Noticed it a bit too late, then had to wait 30 more min to catch the next. In the end, we made it. This is the biggest hotel room we've been in yet. It huge and has nice furniture and a big tub and complementary slippers on our bed!!

At this point it was 10pm and we were hungry. We ate at the restaurant outside our hotel window on the water (see fb pic). It ended up being a Turkish restaurant. I ate my first Turkish meal and it was awesome!!!!

We have 2 days here to see as much as we can. We are planning on hitting up a few touristy things like Anne Franks house tomorrow and walk around Amsterdam. We are hoping to do a day trip on Friday. We are going to check at the hotel reception tomorrow about one we saw. It's a Dutch countryside tour, where you get to see cheese making, clog making, windmills and take a boat cruise. I'm all over this!! I love day trips, that means I don't have to think, and I literally came to Amsterdam for a windmill picture!!! So hopefully it works out.

We are almost out of cash, which is stessing us out. Everywhere we try to pay with a credit card they tell us they don't take credit cards. I have 35€ to last me 2 days! Yikes!!!

Ok, it's getting late. Until tomorrow
Love Lins

Posted by lins_euro 15:25 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Day 12

Bye bye Berlin!

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Well today was a busy day. It started by grabbing coffees and an apple strudel (it was soooo good!). We ate as we walked on a mission to find the post office. It's funny when your traveling in a country and you don't speak the language. You can ask someone for directions, then you get to the stop they sent you to, and then you have to ask someone else where it is and then the same thing happens again. This seems to occur numerous times, making a simple task like finding the post office to buy stamps take up half our morning. So after asking 4 people, we found the post office and I was able to buy stamps! Mission accomplished!

Then we grabbed the sight seeing bus. We took it until the Brandenberg Gate, got off and walked down a long long street through the big garden to the end. It looked fairly short on the map, but in reality it wasn't. We got back on the bus and took it to the Berlin wall. We took pictures at the wall and also walked through the Topograph Museum of Terror exhibit. It goes through details of the Nazi regime in Berlin. We also stopped off at Checkpoint Charlie again, since I lost all of my pictures from the day before. :(

So we are pretty much done with Berlin now. It's a big city, with lots of history and things to do and see. The things I will miss: good beer, the Berlin bear, Brandenberg Gate, random people trying to sell me something in German on the street and when I say I only speak English they respond with ok sorry and walk away!, amazing food everywhere and of course BIKENSTOCKS!!!

Last stop tomorrow....we are flying to Amsterdam!! Only 3 days left in Europe before we leave for home. Time sure flies when your having fun!!

Love Lins

Posted by lins_euro 13:56 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Day 11

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Well I woke up today feeling much better, thank goodness.

We took an open bus tour around Berlin today. It was a great way to really see most of the city and kind of get our bearings. It's much larger then Krakow, it's like being back in Paris! We stopped off at Checkpoint Charlie, had sandwiches at a cafe for lunch and toured around somemore. We are a close walk to the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. We walked down there tonight to take pictures.

Tomorrow we are planning on taking the bus tour to some other places we didn't have time to hit today and we are hoping to go into the Checkpoint Charlie museum. When we went there today the credit card machine wasn't working and they only were accepting cash. Of course we are almost out of cash being on the last rope of our trip and couldn't afford to go in by cash! Lol. Hopefully it's working tomorrow, fingers crossed!

The weather here is very weird. Scotland was really cold and wet, Paris was warm during the day but very cool at night, Poland was just HOT and Germany is just weird. Most people wore tshirts with scarfs and pants today. It's pretty cool and overcast. But then the sun comes out and watch out its so warm, but then the sun disappears and it's cold again. It's hard to know how to dress. I brought so many summer clothes that I haven't even worn yet. From what Salika and Moneet said about Amsterdam, I think it's going to be even cooler when we get there. Makes you appreciate our seasons at home. Sure I'm not a fan of winter, but at least our summers are hot.

I did have a little bit of technical difficulty today which is quite upsetting. I was trying to upload the last day and a halfs worth of photos on my iPad. I was trying for a good hour but for some reason it wasn't working. Somehow the connector deleted my WHOLE entire memory card. I know, should I cry now or later? Thank god I had already uploaded most pictures up to know on my iPad, but I lost everything. Very disappointing since when you go on a trip, all you have left when you get back are your pictures. Needless to say, I'm not trying the adapter again because I don't want to loose anything else. So there will be no more pictures until we get home.

I bought a new pair of birks today. Not that I needed them, I already have 12 pairs of sandals and 3 pairs of clogs. But birks are made in Germany! And because of that they have some awesome awesome colours here! And I only have one pair of the thong ones at home. My moms going to be sooo mad! I clog up the doorway with my shoes and she makes multiple comments of how she doesn't understand why I need so many of the same shoe. My response is they are the most comfortable shoe in the world! ;)

On a side note I'm swearing off all weird, cultural or fried food for the rest of the trip. I don't care if it's an authentic meal in that country. I don't think I'm ever going to eat sausage again! Sausage is evil!! It makes you fat, feel gross and makes me sick to my stomach. I am going on a cleanse the minute I get home, salad and tuna, everyday for lunch and dinner! My body hates me right now and I don't blame it...I feel like a slug.

Off to bed! Til tomorrow!
Love Lins

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