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Stop over in Amsterdam-


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We saw England draw with the USA back at Big Millies under a thatch cose to the sea surrounded by other Brits and locals ... after Gerrards opening Goal .. the lads were chanting EASY ...EASY .. they soon shut up much to the GHANAIN, DUTCH, DANISH ,AND OTHER NATIONALS WATCHING delight when our goalie let in a soft goal., ... no celebrations for us ..just Tom screaming.... "I could have saved that ..!! "

As we left Ghana they played their first world cup match .. we watched it with a lot of other Ghanaians... the atmosphere was electric and boy do they know how to celebrate they won 1-0. and all present told us they would win..... our match companions went crazy with joy with Princes goal.... Tom naturally joined in the fun running up and down with the Ghanaian flag festooned around his shoulders we got wafted through the checkpoints and customs as Tom clung to the flag until he flopped into his aircraft seat....
So the next day we are in Amsterdam and watched Holland win.. It feels so laid back and calm.... the contrasting celebratory behavior is quite remarkable..its not as if the dutch are inhibited- the bar we stopped at is sandwiched between hash cafes and the red light area but the celebration is far more conservative,, a gentle clap ..!!
That said, I personally think that we are in the best city in the world- it houses every nationality I could imagine, and its all feels so harmonious .. we are staying in a budget hotel opposite the main station in Amsterdam and looking at the bank balance decided to get bikes to avoid tram and canal charges with the pound so weak against the Euro.. we have been following the canals and seen Anne Franks house and taken in the Van Gough Museum... Starry night is in a private collection in New York (shame) .. but we saw his self portrait and Tom got up close and personal with the sunflowers .. I did a few sketches .. there are noticeably hardly any cars in the city, but there are endless racks of Bikes .. and I mean endless... its a great way to get around ..I would love a dutch Bike ..just what I've been looking for in the UK ..reminds me of an old fashioned nurses bike .. they all have them here .. not a bleeding mountain bike in sight ..great..
So tomorrow we travel to South Africa for the 2nd part of our adventure ..THE WORLD CUP- we have tickets for Holland vs Cameroon, and Portugal vs South Korea... If England come top in their group and Ghana 2nd in theirs they will meet in the next round.. We will be at the opposite end of the country, but I will try and persuade my darling Hubby THAT WE HAVE TO SEE THAT MATCH !!!

Posted by WAKEFIELDS 15:32 Archived in Netherlands

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