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Old 29th April 2009, 23:26   #106
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Ahhh... Jenny... Yes, it is beautiful!

I've never been to Amsterdam, but seen the same sort of architecture in the South-Western area that I visited. And the canals, of course... and so many boats. And boats are so much more interesting than cars .

Did you see the red- and green-tinted glass that I remember as being a feature? Quite wonderful!

And the residential streets; clear windows to perfectly neat rooms, without the blinds and curtains that we Brits put in the way, but I couldn't work out if one was supposed not to look!

Looking forward to more from you Both
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And the residential streets; clear windows to perfectly neat rooms, without the blinds and curtains that we Brits put in the way, but I couldn't work out if one was supposed not to look!
Funny you should mention that Nick. We were just discussing the same thing:

The residential windows in Amsterdam hardly had any curtains or blinds. Mostly you could see right in! It looked a bit strange to me, after Jenny brought it up, of course, lol.
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Funny you should mention that Nick. We were just discussing the same thing:

The residential windows in Amsterdam hardly had any curtains or blinds. Mostly you could see right in! It looked a bit strange to me, after Jenny brought it up, of course, lol.
I believe one of the politicians out there mentioned when defending the red light district that perhaps a normal household window could provide more "goodies" .
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Default A day in Amsterdam - part II

I continue walking. Oh hello – you look familiar
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Of course, you cannot miss the many places this city is famous for. A cannabis museum:
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I wanted to go inside and take a look but seeing the price for the entrance ticket I then decided against it though it would have been interesting to learn about the history and healing effects - most people connect it with something else.


Due to that one could find a Cannabis Bank right next to it:
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And everywhere around the city you can buy small little healthy items like:
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Oh, and look what I also found hehe:
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Back to the rest of the city. I come across other great places like the following:

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As in London the guards are trained not to react to you.

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The Diamond House - no woman can pass this without at least pressing her nose to each and every window haha.

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I fell in love with this cute little balcony at the corner on the first floor. Really lovely!

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Just look at these old entrances to the houses. I am not sure if these were actually for the servants in former times or if the upper entrances simply came later but it was superb. The little doors right on the floor were TINY - you couldn't walk through straight - and when you peeked inside the windows next to them you saw that there were cute little apartments down there. I was quite intrigued, this was unusual for me to see.

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This old street lamp and the white houses made me feel like being in another time.

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And of course, I won’t deny you the many small little cafés that you find everywhere. Here are just a few of them:
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The one only place I really wanted to see was Amsterdam’s flower market. As I reach my heart goes boom boom boom...
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I love plants and flowers and greenery. The flower market is actually a long street full of stands and booths selling you everything your heart desires. Full grown plants and flowers, pots and accessories, or... seeds, roots and tubers.

Seeds, roots and tubers?
Hmmmmmmmmm, my mind starts racing.
YES!!! Soooo cool.
Hmmmmmmmm, he will think I am nuts.
So what? LOL.


Shopping time!!!

Excuse me, I would like to have some seeds and tubers but I live abroad. Would I be able to take them on a plane?
Where do you live?
India.
India?
Yes, India.
Smiling!
Yes, you can take them.
Are you sure?
Absolutely. Only the US and Canada are prohibiting this.
Fantastic!


I start looking around, now fully absorbed with the idea of growing my own little plants and flowers back home lol. Though we don’t have a garden I will get some large pots and have them outside the windows. Nobody will be able to prevent me now anymore, haha. Decision taken!

Eh, if I buy them now when will I need to plant them latest? I won’t be home before mid of May.
No problem, you have 4-6 weeks.
Great. Now, we live at a truly SUNNY and HUMID place – smile – would these do?
(showing him my selection)

Except for one type of flower I seem to have made a good choice. I exchange the one in question for something else and leave the place with a happy smile on my face and four different kinds of seeds and tubers in my bag that will grow into beautiful and colourful plants of all different sizes. Lalalala, this is going to be great!

I slowly walk back and am looking for the main shopping area. Wow!!! I am really “flashed” by the many boutiques and shops. There are so many great things that I am not sure where to turn first.

Saved by an sms, :

Where are you?
Downtown.
I want to go to Keukenhof. Seminars are almost over.
What is that?
Tulip Garden.
Okay cool. So come here then.

As I look on my map for this place I am getting all confused.
I cannot find it, Sam. Where is that place?
It is not in the city center, but outside. You will have to come here first.


OOOOH... No shopping? Hmmmm. Well, in any case it is too much to absorb in one day anyways. I’ll be happy just to do some window shopping – one day I will come back, for sure!!!

Fine, I am on my way to the train station. See you soon.

45 minutes later I reach the hotel. Sam and a few colleagues are standing outside, taking a break.

My former boss looks at me and my bags, turns to Sam and says:

Looks like she had a successful time in Amsterdam.

Sigh!
I hear. Obviously.

No no no honey, it is NOT what you think! Starting to grin.
Oh?
I mean, yes I bought a few things but LOOK:
opening my bags.
What the heck is that? Is that really what I think it is?
I get the most confused look ever while my former boss bursts out laughing after taking a peek into my bag too.

JAAAAAA! We will have our own flowers - European flowers, flowers from home.
But, but, how do you intend to do that??? It won't work. They'll die, never mind the question where to put them.
Don't worry, I have it all worked out.
Laughing loudly!

Time for the afternoon program. LETS GO!

To be continued by Sam Kapasi.

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The residential windows in Amsterdam hardly had any curtains or blinds. Mostly you could see right in! It looked a bit strange to me, after Jenny brought it up, of course, lol.
One of my former colleagues once explained to me that most of the people just don't close the curtains, if they have any. It is part of their culture.
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Oh, Jenny... I think you are not supposed to bring plants into India: I think there is a special customs window that you have to declare them, and the take them off you :-(

But, I guess you can try!

What did you conclude about the open city windows?

--- That they were open because residents didn't mind people looking?

or

--- That they were open because the Dutch have the discipline not to look.


--- I should ask a Dutchman!! I'll report back when I have!
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Fokkers Friendship Aircrafts were being used by IC under their Alliance Air brand till about 3 years back on the NE sector. They slightly smaller than the ATR - 48/72 and bit more noiser and also prone to engine stopping in Mid Air (experienced one myself)
The Fokker F27s or 'Friendships' were turbo-props and carried about 45 passengers. IC started using them in the early 1960s and were de-commissioned / sold off in the 1980's.

Vayudoot was created in the early 1980s and used the Hawker Siddley 748 (HS748) commonly known as 'Avros' and a few F27s perviously owned by IC. They bought some new Dorniers 228s. Vayudoot was merged into IC in the 90s and was initially known as the Short Haul Department or 'SHOD'.

Alliance Air with code 'CD' and referred to as IC-CD, is a later development and was created in 1996 by transferring the old Boeing 737s still left with IC. Alliance operates ATRs & CRJs on regional routes. Alliance Air never flew Fokker Friendships.

The Fokkers (50, 70 & 100) being used by KLM cityhopper are a newer generation of jet aircraft. No comparison is possible with the much older F27 Friendships.

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Oh, Jenny... I think you are not supposed to bring plants into India: I think there is a special customs window that you have to declare them, and the take them off you :-(

But, I guess you can try!
She doesn't have to try. *Rolling eyes* - I already brought them home. We will have European flowers. Yay.
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Tut Tut, but well done!

I e-mailed a Dutch friend about the windows
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As I reach my heart goes boom boom boom...
So did mine, thinking that perhaps you'd bought me a "starter kit" - lol.
I just read your post again Jennifer and it is very nicely written, very involving.
Nice pics too. But I know you have more of our time in Amsterdam and in Germany. I look forward to them.
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Great pics. Been twice, once with classmates and once with my wife, we just love walking around!

The museums are worth a look!

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You finally got some Cannabis plants into India . Next destination Mumbai *rushes to book ticket*
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Wow lovely experiences Sam & Jenny.

As for getting Seeds yes you can, I had got from New Zealand for My Dad & on of our family friend's Son too had bought some for him.
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We've parked at the first tulip field and I have the opportunity to take some good pictures.
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Oh we're truly so very happy to be here.

The sun is warm and beautiful and the air is thick with the sweet smell of freshly watered earth and beautiful flowers. All around me is a myriad of colours, nature resplendent in form, action, taste, smell, colour - each one of my senses enjoying the clean air, the imperfect blue sly, splattered with a few clean white clouds and the reflections of this sky along the lazy canals of Holland.

Time to get into our little companion and visit some more tulip fields.

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Truly there is something about a tulip field that can send shivers up your spine.

I hope you can see what I mean.

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We have driven for a few hundred metres and it is time to stop again. While I walk around with my mouth slightly open in awe, Madame decides to do a little OTR, lol.

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