Posts Tagged ‘amsterdam’

Red Light

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I am proud that I am a bit naive about life.  I do know what’s out there, but I don’t have to think about it or embrace it.

Take the Red Light district…really?

And I have to inhale your second hand weed smoke?

The urinals on the street corners, now that’s a treat!

Ah Amsterdam. Let’s get to the boat and get underway!

…sorry, you can’t take pictures in the red light district

Hook, Line, And Leaning

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The houses in Amsterdam are either lining streets or canals. And according to our GPS, they are indistinguishable…turn left at Grachtengordel and you’re in the drink.  

And all the houses lining the canals lean forward.  At first I thought, in my limitless wisdom, that the houses over time settled. Nope, they were built that way to keep rain from coming into the windows.  And there is a hook at the top of each 3-5 story home for bringing in furniture to the upper floors because the stairways are impossibly narrow and steep. does it work for groceries, pianos?

Rivers Of Europe 2012 Victory Jubilee

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Greetings from Amsterdam, a beautiful country with so much history, but a sad place as all the churches (the big national treasure ones) are being used for secular reasons now.They aren’t even open to view. They have evolved not to need God. But God will show us His glory and He knows He can use us on this cruise.

We saw Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh museum and the Heineken Experience and did the all day pass on the tram (our own version of Hop-on-Hop-off bus, and cheaper). Oh yeah, and the Red Light district.

The river cruise we are about to embark on is my CELEBRATION cruise! Watch out world! It looks like we are the youngest on board, cept for the crew. And our Chinese waiter at lunch was from Escondido!

My heart and prayers are with you all (Isnt it great that God’s portable!). Miss you all, but having a really awesome time.

Morals, More Or Less

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Amsterdam claims to be one of the free-est cities in the world. Let’s see, I’ve seen closed- down churches, a gay-tourist info kiosk, hemp stores, a creative condom shop, drinking legal at 16, and living room windows with naked ladies sitting in front of them, with red lights on the porch; a legal profession that’s even unionized!

Mind you, the town is very pretty, and easy to navigate, and a very busy place. It seems like every young person in Europe wants to come here for summer vacation. But if everybody can do anything they want, what happens to a culture that doesn’t stand for anything?

Yikes, Bikes!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Well, if you have followed this blog over the years, you know I fall down a lot. It’s all of those old cobbles and tiles that get me down while I am looking up at all the scenery.

And if you ever had to pay attention to where you’re going it’s in Amsterdam! The whole country, for that matter, lives on their bicycles! So when I’m not dodging trams, or cars, or buses, I’m being run down by old ladies on bikes. One million have their own lanes and they have the right away over all other modes of transportation. This is your average “bike parking lot”.

Why Are We In A Place Called Venlo?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Venlo is the location for the once-a-decade flower show in the Netherlands. It’s a really big deal! It is very close to the German border and over two hours by train from Amsterdam. I am very glad I don’t have to understand flowers and their language to enjoy the Floriade, but for everything else, well it’s Dutch (and greek) to me.  We are enjoying the show, but finding the language hard to decipher.

When I am in a foreign country I like to visit their “grocery” store and see what is on their shelves and prices etc (Nothing can compare to our produce!).  Well I picked up a great water bottle last night. Got back to the room and quickly poured a cup of the refreshing…vinegar!! It was even  near the bottled watered. I guess getting on the right bus is more important than understanding all the labels. It looked like water, really!

Better On The Ground

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Fuel DumpSan Diego to Houston, Houston to Amsterdam. How did Newark get in there? Nothing like having the pilot come on over the intercom an hour out of Houston and tell us we have lost our navigation system and we have to land. Oh yeah, and dump fuel because we’re too heavy to land so soon!

This is our plane jettisoning a LOT of gas over Kentucky. Then we head to the coast and follow it up to Newark, New Jersey, where they think they can give us a new part or a new plane. We never flew higher then 13,000 feet or faster than 300mph. That is low and slow for a plane holding over 300 passengers. And we all got to stay in the plane while they gave us a new system.

Obviously we made it to Amsterdam and we had no further connections. We got train tickets to Venlo, ND and then a bus ride to our hotel and that’s all the stress I want for this whole trip!