Hello from Holland! Amsterdam is our place of residence. And what a place! We arrived at Camping Zeeburg after a tiring drive from Cologne. We decided to get the drive over and done with after the gig instead of staying another night in Cologne. I think there was a joint excitement to get to Amsterdam as soon as possible. I think it also had something to do with the reception that we received at the Cologne campsite. It seemed all we has to do was turn up and we'd done something wrong. 10 pm was obviously not an acceptable time for us to make our arrival. And mr campsite owner did not hold back in making that clear. Disconcerting frowns accompanied the repeated statements 'you may not party', 'no party', 'no party here'. I don't think he wanted us to party. He then sent us to the back of the campsite, away from other campers. Couldn't have us pesky musicians rocking the joint. Quite ironic, as the only danger was who was going to be snoring the loudest.
Amsterdam has a really chilled out vibe. Everyone is so laid back and friendly. I think that may have something to do with a certain plant that seems to be quite popular in this part of the world. As a non participant, i still have love for this plant. I mean, we've witnessed no fights yet, everyone is open to forming new friendships with limited hesitation, and everyone just has a generally chilled persona. Without wanting to become overly
Opinionated, as that's not what this blog is about; i can see the benefits.
We've got a lovely spot in the campsite. Although we only discovered it the morning after the arrival night. Waking up in a greenhouse wasn't really for us, so we decided to relocate. Although I was not a fan of waking up to the idea of reassembling a tent. It's not one in my top ten wake ups. But it was definatly worth it. We are no
Longer in a greenhouse. Huzzah. And we have a rather lush view to wake up to in the morning. Although this morning we woke up to the defending sounds of torrential rain pounding the tent. To then further discover that we now have a leak. The 4 man Confidence tent is not so confident. I bought it a couple of years back in a half price sale at Halfords. It has servers me well, however it had not yet braved the wet until now. Do not buy this tent if you are in for less than sunny spells on your holiday. Hopefully it won't get too bad, although we will need to monitor it.
Callum and I have ventured in to town to go to our favourite coffee shop that we discovered when we got here. The Wonderbar caffe located down Nieuwendijk centrum street. It has a really chilled vibe, with wooden carved seats in the main area and cushioned sofas at the back. Also in the windows are two carpeted areas scattered with cushions and rugs. Defiantly the type of thing we are looking for to kit the new flat out with. Chris is the owner, and what a lovely guy he is. He has been really helpful and chatty with us everytime we have come here. We would definitely recommend this place as a must see in Amsterdam. We are probably going to relax here for a while and use the wifi to google map our way around this wondrous place. The band have a gig tonight. It's a late one, at 11pm. I think this will be really good. I've got high hopes for it. We need to find a clutch for Callum's drum kit, so we're going on a search for drum shops. That's as much as we have to document for now. We will be back later with more selubrious updates.