For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.
The bridge on the major waterways at times will be raised to allow boats to pass.
So, don't be surprised to see your path blocked, even on major through streets where trams are riding too. Everything will come to a halt.
The Amsterdam potable water is safe to drink (you do not need to buy bottled water).
Canal water however is not suited to drink; except for the special bottled CANAL WATER souvenir.
In 1967 Peter J Muller, a well-known figure in the Amsterdams scene, already sold true canal water for as little as 2.50 guiders. In 2013 this idea was revived and bottles filled with a set of 4 bottles with water from the Singel, Heren-, Keizers-, and Prinsengracht canals that was sold for 50 Euro's (!). Each bottle has a QR-code with the indication of the exact part of the canal the water originates from and a short story of the canal..
It's always nice to travel with someone whom you can have laughs and fun with! In this case, I have my husband and partner in crime :)
Wherever we go, whatever we are doing, you can be assured you will be entertained.
Funny thing is... this 'mad' side of him only comes out for me... sorry! haha
If you should go to a brown cafe and get yourself an "appeltaart met slagroom" (appletart with whipped cream), you may find yourself with a new friend - the cat of the brown cafe. Be warned, she seems friendly, but really she just wants your slagroom.
Their is a HUGE Hells Angels contingent in Amsterdam. It appears that they have entwined themselves in operation/frequenting of many bars in Amsterdam, as well as some sex shops.
Make no mistake, they are organized crime organization. Be weary while around them.
Try to avoid going to the Van Gogh museum and Anne Franks house in the weekends. Then they are almost always overcrowded! However if the weekend is your only chance they are both still worth waiting for.
All prices in the Netherlands by law include tax and tips: the price you see is the price you pay. Don't feel obliged to leave a tip: it is not expected. If the bill says 'service not included' they are just trying to rip you off. You don't need to tip in taxis either.
Another think that you have to consider is that, expecially if you go to the camping: take always your bag and your baggage with you, don't leave anything in your car and don't leave anything outside when you are having the shower. Take a big bag with you with all the things that you need and take this one in the shower with you. Remember that the showers are not free (buy your shower coin before doing the queque :-P
Flowers are nice. We didn't see any, as it was a particularly gray and gloomy March. But the flowers were starting to peep through. If you buy bulbs, make sure that they are certified for export; otherwise, some nice customs guy will get your flowers.
Do NOT ( I repeat) Do NOT buy hashis on the street!
there are plenty of coffeeshops in town and they sell mostly good quality for a reasonable price!
If you need to change money GO TO A BANK!!
or change at the Grenswisselkantoor.
Be ware of pickpockets in the trams, metro, and trains!
I would suggest tourists to avoid the south-eastern part of amsterdam (bijlmer, bijlmermeer, of amsterdam south east) because it's quite unsafe over there, especially at night! Better avoid also the very western part of the city (Slotervaart and Osdorp). In the center I consider it safe everywhere, but like in every city be aware of pickpockets at busy places.
Oh, aren't those canals quaint? Don't they make the city so very charming! Yes they do! BUT, they also host SWARMS of mosquitos! I stayed at a place right on one of the canals and the first night I barely slept a wink. I went out and got a citronella candle the next day and slept much more peacefully the rest of the time I was there.
During our flight CO70 from Newark to Amsterdam on December 14, 2004 we got lucky a few times....
Here in Amsterdam they found the (fake) explosives that had been on our flight. The security of Newark had find these but lost them also. They looked for hours but couldn't find it. I guess the second check in at the gate in Newark had something to do with that.
They also misplaced one piece of our luggage in Newark together with all the checked luggage of a American couple visiting the Netherlands for 3 weeks..
The knew our luggage went with us from Miami to Newark but then got untraceable.
When asking the baggage resolution about a possible link between the search for the fake bomb and the displacement of our luggage they said not to know about the fake bomb on our flight...
The next day early in the morning luggage was still gone, an hour later i got a call it was found and would be delivered to our home..
Unfortunalty it got damaged, hopefully Continental will pay for the damages.
What is the lucky part ?
The bomb wasn't real and our luggage got back, have you ever seen the list and detail you have to fill out to get paid for lost luggage ???
You need to take a day of to get that one in order.
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