Hi Bloggy Friends,
In our normal lives Alan and I aren't bike riders. Philadelphia just isn't as bike friendly as I need it to be. We couldn't come to Amsterdam, though, and not try out this efficient system for ourselves. Thankfully, our landlord Daniel (who is the nicest guy ever) has two bikes that he rents out to his tenants. So, this morning we plopped ourselves up on those bad boys and hit the bike lanes to explore more of the city center.
Oosterpark is located between our apartment and the downtown area, so we had a chance to pedal around there to become more acquainted with our wheels. I'm already in love.
Once downtown we found a nice spot to park and chain before heading to a neat outdoor market. There we found a few doo-dads for our home and similar goodies for family and friends. Then we browsed along some of the busy streets and wandered past the tulips at the famous flower market before stopping off at a herring stand where we each tried fresh herring with pickles and onions. It was good.
At this point our curiosity got the best of us. While checking out some street performers in a lively square called Leidseplein, we ducked into a cafè called The Bulldog to see what all the fuss was about. Come on, you're not living unless you see stuff like this for yourself. This particular spot is like the Starbucks of cafès in Amsterdam. There are several of them littered about the city, but this one is cool because it was once a police station. Sure enough, people were sitting around smoking pot and eating something commonly known as a "space cake," which is essentially a pot brownie. They also sold bottled marijuana drinks, energy enhancers and something called herbal extacy. It was pretty cool to see it so freely used and sold.
The rest of the evening entailed more browsing, dinner at a yummy Caribbean restaurant and a stop in a gay-owned cafè called Downtown - just for the sake of comparison!
We rode home that night in a torrential downpour. Needless to say, we were super soggy when we finally reached the apartment. Splish, splash.
Have a great night.