More of Amsterdam

Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 05:03 pm from Netherlands Netherlands
Day 85

Today I went to the Anne Frank House. It took about a half hour to get to the ticket counter. Once inside it felt a bit like a cattle drive where there was just one continuous line that you followed as you made your way through the various rooms of the old house, attic and warehouse that made up the museum.

Putting the sheer number of people aside, it was actually humbling to see where her and her family and four others spent several years. The museum had excerpts from her diary and journals everywhere and most rooms had history about what happened there or what the room was used for.

I ate lunch outside the museum then, once again, aimlessly walked around Amsterdam. I eventually stumbled across the red light district and walked through there and then Chinatown. The smell from all the food in Chinatown was making me hungry again. I stopped for a beer and then went back down to the Albert Cuyp street again and bought another giant stroopwafel as a snack.

Back at the hostel I did a little work offline (the wifi here is obnoxiously horrible). I found out that I can get a shred of internet if I work in my bed. The wifi in the lounge simply won't connect either my phone or laptop.

I bought some wine that I'll have tonight with dinner. Not sure what I'll do after that. I guess it depends on whether or not it's supposed to rain. It would be fun to see Amsterdam at night but I don't feel like getting drenched.
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Part of the line to get into the Anne Frank House

Where this entry was written:

The wine from one week in Paris. 11 bottles (one was drunk and trashed at the Eiffel tower). #paris #wine #europetrip2013
Manarola from a different angle. #manarola #5terre #europetrip2013
Royal pavilion. #brighton #europetrip2013
Cool street art in Brighton outside The Basketmakers Arms pub. #europetrip2013 #brighton
Hairy asses, Dingle peninsula... I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere. #europetrip2013
Duomo di San Martino. #lucca #europetrip2013
Neptune fountain in the Schobrunn gardens. #vienna #europetrip2013
Mt Vesuvius from Castel dell' Ovo. #vesuvius #naples #europetrip2013
Thanksgiving dinner prepared by British guys in Seville Spain. Pretty good! #thanksgiving #seville #europetrip2013


Where I've been:

Good Evening… Planet Earth
All the countries I visited on this trip (in yellow).

What's this about?

Traveling is something I've loved doing for as long as I can remember. I've been lucky enough to travel out of the US a few times but never longer than 2 weeks at a time. I decided that I should go see the world and experience all it has to offer. I booked a one-way ticket to Dublin, Ireland to depart on June 26, 2013. After I get to Europe I'll let serendipity take hold and see where I end up. No schedules and no itinerary… just go with the flow. That's as close to a plan as I'm making.

Who am I?

My name's Brandon O'Brien and I'm a travelholic. Before this journey I've been to 11 countries and put over 17,500 miles on various motorcycle trips through the USA and Canada. I'm a self-employed web developer so I'm fortunate enough to be able to work anywhere there's an internet connection. That's what truly made this experience possible.


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