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Our first stop...

Here we are, Netherlands!

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...was in beautiful Haarlem. Due to a lack of cell phone we had to figure out how to use the payphone with some guidance from an elderly woman and her two wolves, and then a nice older man. Once with communication, we shared a space on the second floor of a house with a student named Anita who was very helpful and informative. Michelle slept on her small couch with her feet dangling over the end, while I rode the waves on an inflatable mattress. We wonder, why must the sink, toilet and shower all be in separate rooms? It's unique. The cuisine so far has been very healthy consisting of breads, cheeses and fresh fruits and vegetables. The Public Library in Amsterdam is very chic and modern with a full kitchen serving pastas, salads, soups, wines, and beers. The kitchen is on the top floor which also features a terrace overlooking one of the many canals. The coffee shops sell more than just coffee as we could tell by inhaling the air once we stepped inside. Looking forward to re-visiting. Anita showed us a lot of maps and took us around to thrift shops and funky stores. We got a cell phone that works in Europe, and we also purchased very potent cheese! In addition we sampled many breads with pesto spreads and such. We also saw teenage trumpeters and small amusement park rides set up on a side street. It has so far been breath-taking!

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sleeping quarters

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Library cafe
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Anita & Michelle
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Posted by Eighteyes 16:46 Archived in Netherlands Tagged tourist_sites

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