Goedemorgen Amsterdam - Euro Trip 4


Morning came and I found myself looking over this wonderful sight from the window. R was very generous to accommodate me in his flat which he shares with his colleagues. My official guide was very busy plus I was yet to get my luggage so I couldn't go anywhere. I stood in the balcony with no jacket for a long time soaking in the surroundings. I enjoyed letting out smoke from my mouth. Amsterdam’s autumn winds cooled me to the bones.

This canal passes right under his flat
After 11 am, it became really boring in the huge flat. By compulsive behaviour I cooked sambar and rice for my lunch. I made enough sambar to last for all the flat mates for dinner. Then I took a long warm bath and slept all through the day.

Late morning view
By evening I strolled along the neighbourhood and went to the business area called Bijlmer arena where R worked (its half an hour – two bus ride from the house). Thankfully he had received a message from Air-France that my luggage would be delivered the next day.

Bijlmer arena station and theater
He showed me around and after couple of drinks we decided to hit the theatre for a movie called “Funny people” It turned out to be lousy movie I ever watched, actually it is exactly opposite to what funny meant in any language. We walked out within half an hour.

Shopping malls and resturants
Next day I woke up late and found myself alone in the flat. After a coffee I was browsing for a while and heard a strange noise. At first I thought its calling bell, but it turns out to be “front door security intercom” which had a video of man waiting at the door. I had no idea how to operate the device. After a great deal  (I buzzed security several times! Which I guess should be done only during emergencies) I managed to let him in. I got my luggage! And an apology note with 25 euro discount on next booking!

The canal right under, can you spot those ducks ?
No amount of diamonds or gold would have made me happier at that moment. Everything was intact except a smudgy smelly brown thing in a cover, which later identified as a muffin stuffed in at the last min. I took shower in MY Shampoo, used MY perfume and put on MY clothes! I felt so ME! Later I met R near Bijlmer arena and we took the train to the city.

Trees by the station, it looked more beautiful in real
We reached the central station in half an hour. Amsterdam is well connected by bus, tram, trains and ferries. This largest city & capital of Netherlands is situated at North Holland province. You may know already that Netherland is famous for its liberal policies towards controversial things like drugs, prostitution, homosexuality and euthanasia! Prostitution is long held business here and it’s an official gay capital.

Behind me is resturant by canal bank, behind that is Central station
No matter what your interest in the night life is, Amsterdam has something to offer. I happen to do something that night I never done before! It’s not something to be proud of, yet I felt no regret or shame doing that, in fact it turned out to be so much fun....

Comments

athivas said…
The canal picture is so serene and so lovely! Thanks for sharing,Sri!!What a lovely place to live in?
PS: Appada, finallly, your luggages came back?
Swaram said…
Savi is on a roll kya :P First again ;)
Srivats said…
@Savitha

haha u got the muffin :P yes its a lovely place to live in, i envy him so much.

@Swaram.
Yes she is on roll. ask her to share the muffin
Swaram said…
Finally, the baggage is bk with the owner :P Nice :)

Lovely pics again :) and hw lucky ur friend is to be living in such a beautiful place!
Srivats said…
@Swaram

Tell me about, I am all jealous!
swaru- 6th is the new first.. hahah..

@sri- lovely pics , i loved the canal one the best.. it is shot very well.. and tell ur friend im maha J of him for living there..

im already lining up places to vist, the ones u have already and im contacting u for all details..
Swaram said…
ROFL :D Appu :P Anything other than 1st is the new first eega ;)
Aaarti said…
Ooh lovely pictures... and wow, ur friend lives there!! how lucky!!! :)
gils said…
POTTI kitti? thts gud news :) i can understand how u feel :) i will share my exp on potti tholachings in my blog :D
gils said…
/ I happen to do something that night I never done before! //

yes...taking bath is so gud...atleast now u know how it feels..we do it evryday..so its no big deal for us :D
Swaram said…
ROFL Gils :P
Annam said…
By compulsive behaviour I cooked sambar and rice for my lunch.//////////////////////

unga puthiya kaamikalana epdi vats
gud very gud :)
Annam said…
fotos ellam sooper
Annam said…
gils said...
POTTI kitti? thts gud news :) i can understand how u feel :) i will share my exp on potti tholachings in my blog :D
////////////////////////
tholanthu purse mattum thaan paartha neraya irukum pola:)))))))))))
Annam said…
me the 15 :D
/By compulsive behaviour I cooked sambar and rice for my lunch./
HAHAHAHA!!!!!There too Sri????
Srivats said…
@AJCl

Yes my pleasure I can supply all details, hope mr R doesnot hunt me down :)

@Aarti
Yeah he is blessed for sure

@Gils
Yes potti kitti!! :P

//yes...taking bath is so gud...atleast now u know how it feels..we do it evryday..so its no big deal for us :D//

grrrrrrrrrrrrrr


@ Swaram
Enna chinna pulla thanama erukku
Srivats said…
@ Annam
//unga puthiya kaamikalana epdi vats
gud very gud :) //

Addina kaalum , paadina vaayum summa erukkuma enna.

//tholanthu purse mattum thaan paartha neraya irukum pola:)))))))))))//

yeah me too egarly waiting.
G3 said…
Photos ellam kalakals :)))) Sema locationla veedu vechirukkar unga priendu.. lucky him :))))

Tholanja luggage 4-vadhu partla dhaan kedachirukka.. appo ok.. innum oru 10 episodekku kadha varum :))))
G3 said…
//i will share my exp on potti tholachings in my blog :D//

Modhalla purse.. ippo potti.. next neenga tholanja kadhaya gils ;)))
G3 said…
//Anything other than 1st is the new first eega ;)//

:))

21st - the new first :P
G3 said…
//yes...taking bath is so gud...atleast now u know how it feels..we do it evryday..so its no big deal for us :D//

ROTFL :))))
G3 said…
Previous ROTFL comment was for 2nd half of the quote.. Eppadi ellam kaamedy pandraarppa Gils :P
G3 said…
Sari seekiram inga vandhu engalukkum samachu unga remy's recipe taste panna kuduppeengangara nambikkaiyil
G3 said…
one quarter :D
gils said…
//Modhalla purse.. ippo potti.. next neenga tholanja kadhaya gils ;)))//

avvvvvvvvvvv..ungala thavira vera yaralayum ipdi yosika mudiathu g3...

//Eppadi ellam kaamedy pandraarppa Gils :P//

alo avanachum anga poi kulichitaan..neenga epo??
R-ambam said…
enna gils ipdi suspense poattu udaichitaare ...!
Prats said…
Now this is disappointing :-(

You go to the sex capital and all you post is scenery and landscapes not fair. :-P

Tell us more!!! Tell us more :-D
@gils hahahaha on comment 9
You got me curious as hell about your big adventure there!!!

And what time did you take those first few photos? I mean the roads are basically empty.
athivas said…
////Eppadi ellam kaamedy pandraarppa Gils :P//

alo avanachum anga poi kulichitaan..neenga epo??//

LOL :D
G3, itha summa vida koodathu!!
Sundari said…
canal photo sema superb..andha marathuku kela utkarndhu oru interesting novel padicha nalla irukum :)

//I happen to do something that night I never done before! It’s not something to be proud of, yet I felt no regret or shame doing that, in fact it turned out to be so much fun.//

Abiyum naanum la vara prakashraj madhiri moon a parthu uhhhhhh huuu kathineengala...sekaram next post la sollunga
Srivats said…
@ G3

//Sari seekiram inga vandhu engalukkum samachu unga remy's recipe taste panna kuduppeengangara nambikkaiyil//

Endha nambikkai ellam erukka ? adhu sari appa sandhula enakku gummi adikka kudaadhu , deal okva ?
Srivats said…
@ Gils

/////Eppadi ellam kaamedy pandraarppa Gils :P//

alo avanachum anga poi kulichitaan..neenga epo??//

hahah ROFTL chance ellai, enakku rendu kannu ponalum, adhuthavangalukku oru kannu pogudhtye hehe
Srivats said…
@ R-ambam

//enna gils ipdi suspense poattu udaichitaare ...!//

Grrrrrrrrrr
Srivats said…
@ Prats
//You go to the sex capital and all you post is scenery and landscapes not fair. :-P//

haha next post is viewers discretion adviced - For sure! :)

@ Ajcl
Erunga unga next postla oru kummi vaikaren.

@ Emma - Bittersweetkoreanlife

It was taken in mid morning, but the roads are always like that, except few times we can see some traffic. The secret be releaved in the next post :)
Srivats said…
@ Athivas

//LOL :D
G3, itha summa vida koodathu!!
//

ennanga eriyara kolliyila exxon oil podreenga

@ Sundari
//canal photo sema superb..andha marathuku kela utkarndhu oru interesting novel padicha nalla irukum :)//

ennga book worma neenga :) LoL vera edhavadhu kuda angey seyyalamey :)

//Abiyum naanum la vara prakashraj madhiri moon a parthu uhhhhhh huuu kathineengala...sekaram next post la sollunga//

naan andha padam pakkala ,but andha maari edhuvum pannadha nenaivu ellai :)
Swaram said…
@ Swaram
Enna chinna pulla thanama erukku

My Tamil knowledge very limited :P

Did u say its something like small kids playing here ;)

Chinna pulla - kids rt :P

Enna and erukku I cud get ;)

Thana is like destination in Kannada ;) Is it the same in Tamil :P
athivas said…
ha ha ha Swaram :D

Enna chinna pulla thanama erukku means, "What's this?Childish?"

That's a popular movie dialogue, as well :D
Swaram said…
oh apadiya :P

ROFL :D I atleast guessed it hs something like 'child' ;) ;)

Gosh! Time to take formal lessons in Tamil :P
Srivats said…
@ Swaram

tamil teleedha..

edhukku nakku thalludha nnu kekka kudaadhu :)

ok for ur benefit i write in the english.

Our knot opener ( mudichavikki) gils put south indian lady dance ( gummi) here and many gals ( gujilis ) support that dance (same kummi) , then my ear blood come. Thats why i shout , what is this small baby dance(gummi) like happening here.
Swaram said…
Tamil koncham koncham teriyu

Manage panre avalada :P

For translation - romba nandri ;)

****Swaram runs to save herself from all those old stinking chappals coming her way :P****
athivas said…
//Our knot opener ( mudichavikki) gils put south indian lady dance ( gummi) here and many gals ( gujilis ) support that dance (same kummi) , then my ear blood come. Thats why i shout , what is this small baby dance(gummi) like happening here.//

ROTFL!! what is this,Sri??cannot stop laughing! :D
Swaram said…
ROFL :D Sri!
Srivats said…
swaram

//Manage panre avalada :P

For translation - romba nandri ;)//

avoladava adhu, ungay kittey thamiz thanni kudikudhu ( tamil water drinking )

Athivas
Wait enough bubbling standing
** poruthathu podhumnu pongi ezundhutten
Swaram said…
tamil water drinking ROFL :D

Lessons for me pls any of u ;)
gils said…
//Our knot opener ( mudichavikki) gils put south indian lady dance ( gummi) here and many gals ( gujilis ) support that dance (same kummi) , then my ear blood come. Thats why i shout , what is this small baby dance(gummi) like happening here.///

hehehe :) i the like this :) ms. swaram..unga tamil abaswarama irukunu no the pheelings...keep visiting the comment section here..ur vocabulary will inc in leaps n bounds :d
gils said…
//Wait enough bubbling standing //

un samayala neeye saaptutiyaa?? ennachu unaku?
Charissism said…
Amazing story telling and sights. Major eye candy for your readers! So lovely Sri, I hope it's not the last entry about Europe. More please....
Annam said…
Our knot opener ( mudichavikki) gils put south indian lady dance ( gummi) here and many gals ( gujilis ) support that dance (same kummi) , then my ear blood come. Thats why i shout , what is this small baby dance(gummi) like happening here.


hahaahahahahhohhpohohohoheheheheeeeee
alice-in-wonder said…
Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment. :)

I see you are visitng a lot of Europe... your Amsterdam post has already made me nostalgic about the hague, where I lived the last couple of months.

Keep writing...
Karthik said…
sema post.. superb photos.. as usual.. :)
Srivats said…
@ gils
//unga tamil abaswarama irukunu no the pheelings...keep visiting the comment section here..ur vocabulary will inc in leaps n bounds :d
//

ayioo enna kodumai edhu.. avangalukku pettai rap dhaan engey kathukka mudiyum

///un samayala neeye saaptutiyaa?? ennachu unaku?
//
erudi en samayala nee sapdra kaalam varum, appo coffee uppu pottu tharen.


@ Annam

Gils kalaaicha ungalukku enna sandhosam hehe
Srivats said…
@ Alice in wonderland (AIW)

Welcome! :) I have visited Hague when i was there, its a lovely place to live by, and quite costly area I guess. Thanks for the comments :)

@ Karthik

Thanks bro :)

@ Charissism
haha if u have read the last paragraph u would know its not the last entry :)
Ramesh said…
Lovely pictures Sri. And I know the feeling of enormous relief when the luggage finally comes - has happened to me a few times. You seemed to have nicely chilled out on the first day - no doubt you were in top form for the sightseeing - going straight to your next post.
Srivats said…
@ Ramesh

Yes I chilled out on the first day :) not because i wanted but because i had to, when it comes to sight seeing I can go on with little rest for days :)
jehan said…
hi Sri! it's good to hear you got your luggage back and be YOURself again with YOUR shampoo and other toiletries... haha...

it's officially autumn here too and it's colder than last year's...
Chan said…
Feel like i am with you @ dutch capital....last statements hmmm ;-)

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