not the hague.

Saturday 11th September

Our plans to go Den Haag were shattered when we realised that it wasn’t open on the weekend. So we shall have to go back at some other point. :) Instead, we headed out kind of late, in search of the Miffy store!

Of course, as usual, I got distracted taking pictures of random things, and was particularly excited that the sky had managed a bit of blue for us. We also ventured through the markets a bit, where I bought some apricots and some delicious fudge for cheaps! Yay!

blue sky; blue water. :)

markets, with... interesting produce.

In the end though, we did make it to the Miffy store and it was super cool. And I may or may not have bought a small one for myself. :)

miffy store!

Then it was time to catch the tram to have brunch and visit Anne Frank’s house, since we got a transport card with the I Amsterdam card, although of course not before holding my ticket up to the light to examine the chip inside it… and consequently walking into a knee high pole… and then having a passing cyclist laugh at me. :(

on the tram.

Catching the tram was not very exciting. It’s a tram. It was only funny when this couple were about to get off the tram. To get out, you’re supposed to scan your card, so that the money is deducted for however long you’re on the tram for. The guy got off perfectly fine, and was waiting for the lady to get off. She was fumbling around, managed to scan her card then dropped something on the floor. She bent to pick it up… but by the time she had straightened herself up again to get off, the doors closed shut, pretty much in her face. She had no choice but to wait for the next stop and get off there. The funniest thing was how long the next stop seemed to be!! Toby, Tim and I were trying not to laugh, because she was only standing a few metres away from us… but once she got off, we all had a good laugh.

Toby led us to Pancakes! Amsterdam where we arrived just in the nick of time to order the breakfast set, with the special discount thanks to our I Amsterdam voucher. We all ordered the ‘American’  breakfast, which was actually more akin to a Canadian breakfast, with bacon, pancakes and glorious amounts of maple syrup. :) It also came with fresh orange juice and a tea (or coffee, if that’s more your style).

walking for pancakes.

pancakes! amsterdam and nom-able pancakes with accompanying beverages.

After rejuvenating on a delicious meal, we head off in search of Anne Frank’s house, but when we got there, we were confronted with a seemingly long line. Since it was open until 9pm, we decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and head out ‘an hour’ out of Amsterdam to see a windmill. But first, we got distracted by the fabulous Amsterdam Tulip Museum… Thankfully we had a free admission voucher for that!

i did say that i was excited by blue sky didn't i?

a queue for anne frank.

the ever fascinating amsterdam tulip museum.

After that, we took the tram out to Nieuw Sloten, to visit Molen van Sloten, an old windmill, because if you go to the Netherlands and don’t see a windmill, what did you go for! And actually, that lady failing to get off the tram might have been on this journey. I can’t remember now. Anyway, we took it all the way out there, and it was hardly an hour like the book said, but more like half an hour. And we may have gotten stuck on the tram for a little while, failing to realise that we had reached the end of the line, since our stop was the last stop. But it was all good, we got off and then we had to walk a little bit through the old town of Sloten, which has kind of gotten eaten up by Amsterdam. It was nice and small town-y.

where we realised we might be stuck on the tram.

walking to the windmill.

sloten.

And then finally we reached the windmill! YAY! We got to meet the miller, who was changing up the sails of the windmill so that it didn’t turn into a psycho helicopter thing… And we were taken on this really great tour. She explained to us how the windmills work and what not, and then got to go up and see the inner mechanisms. It was definitely 5 euro well spent.

i spy a windmill! (not to mention blue skies!!)

hello mr miller man. thank you for being so lovely and entertainingand for letting us venture beyond the safety point!

pretty views. :)

We stopped for ice cream and then it was back to the city and Anne Frank’s house. No photos, and naturally it was quite emotional. It’s really quite hard to explain…

anne frank's house; church next door.

After that, we tried for Indonesian for dinner, but that was not to be, to our fortune I guess (as you will find out when I write about Sunday). Instead, we stopped fr some cheap-ish pub food for dinner at what seemed to be a sports bar.

it's a burger!

And that was the Saturday. :)

I’m already missing that bickering couple. Lol.

misselty.

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    • shanaya
    • September 27th, 2010

    miffy…

    (so jealous of weekend catch ups in OTHER COUNTRIES)

    LOL! at you walking into a pole

    pancakes!

    meh tulips.

    windmills! also how do you not realise it was the last stop…did you not notice the lack of movement…?

    i see no sunday post and follow up of indonesian food..

      • misselty
      • September 29th, 2010

      miffy is cool! lol. but yeah, catching up in other countries is kind of cool. though not exactly as friendly on the wallet as walking, say, to your place. xD
      i did not walk into a pole! well, i did. but when you say it like it sounds like my face got smashed. but it was just my kneeeee. stupid pole. >=|
      pancakes were suuuuper yummy. :)
      windmills were cool! well like it just loops around, but then before it goes around it kind of stops for a while. and yeah, we didn’t really notice. lol. but then when it stopped, you couldn’t actually get off. so we had to wait a while. but it was ok.
      and yeaaaah. i am behind on posting. there are lot of things that i need to post still. like all the trips i went on while my parents were here… tivoli… copenhagen pride parade thingy… lol. lots of things. not to mention my entire week that i was in munich… lol. it’s doing the photos that gets to me. T_T it takes so loooong because there are so many to sort through!! but i will get on to the sunday soon.

    • shanaya
    • October 2nd, 2010

    “i did not walk into a pole! well, i did. ”

    so just post words? add pics later?/never?

      • misselty
      • October 2nd, 2010

      but not like a stop sign kind of pole. it was below eye level! but writing so much more boring. xD

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