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Old 1st Jun 2005, 12:27   #1
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Kumquat has mentioned her soujourns to the continent at various times, and of course John posted his lovely photos of Barcelona, so I thought it might be an idea to have a thread dedicated to the places we visit.

I am actually going on my first ever short break to Amsterdam this weekend. Sadly, in a way, it is for a stag do, so I doubt I shall have the chance to engage in anything particularly cultural, although apparently a trip to the Heineken brewery is on the cards!
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Old 1st Jun 2005, 12:43   #2
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If you get the chance, have a Rijstaffel, Bami Goreng or Nasi Goreng at a proper Indonesian restaurant - The Bali, The Jawa or Sama Sebo used to be excellent, though I haven't been there for a while. I love the proper Indonesian food available in Holland (but rarely in Indonesia) so much that I've twice been prepared to drive from Brussels to Eindhoven for lunch!
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I've twice been prepared to drive from Brussels to Eindhoven for lunch!
Er... isn't that about 80 miles - each way!
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Yup. It was worth it.
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Well Im glad to see a thread dedicated to travel. where should i start...i am in budapest right now. i missed the train back to vienna. the last train. ha ha ha. just found some cheap accomodation for overnight and will start back in the morning. fun fun!!
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So, I am all set for my Amsterdam excursion. Flying tomorrow from Luton in the afternoon. What larks!

Anyway, I have a modestly sized dilemma. All my books are elsewhere and I forgot to pick one up when I was at home last night. So, this means I need to buy a book this lunchtime to take with me. I guess it needs to be fairly short and easy, as I am hardly going to be up to too much brain-engagement.

What would folk recommend?

edit: What a shame I didn't bring my copy of McKewan's Amsterdam!
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Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes. Short and spirited. Set in Italy not the Netherlands but you can't have everything.
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The Heineken brewery's pretty good, and you get a free half-pint glass at the end. I hope you get the chance to go to the Van Gogh museum, too.

I doubt you'll need to read at all, to be honest, what with it being both a stag do and a trip to Amsterdam.
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It's Bod's do, by the way, Lucoid.

Only half a pint?! Tightwads.
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Who's he marrying? Anyone I know?

You get more than that to drink - there are a couple of bars where you get freebies on the way round. And at the end, you get a free gift, which was a shiny but empty glass in a nice tin to take home with you when we went. Very handy for my morning fruit juice, I find.
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