I now live on Keizersgracht, southeast of Leidsestraat. I am extremely happy and excited. It is considered impossible to get an apartment on a canal, I have been repeatedly advised to not even try. I have achieved the impossible. This is beyond awesome!
I have to give full credit to Breigh, who found the ad for me on marktplaats.
Told you it ...more»
Last night, as every night here, I decided to go out. I walked up to Leidseplein and had a nourishing dinner of a brootje kroket from FEBO and caught the #5 tram into de Dam. I walked through Warmoestraat and got some 5th Gear for later and then went over to Nieuwmarkt, which has changed a lot since summer with ...more»
I forgot to say - on Friday night I went into the Bulldog, on the grounds that I can’t mock a place without having been there. Now I can.
I went to the “nightclub” Bulldog on Leidseplein, not any of the coffeeshops. It was a total sausage fest, the ten or so women in the club of 300 were circled by ...more»
I went to have a look at a room yesterday in De Baarsjes, not an encouraging experience. Despite the 2 ...more»
I arrived at Schipol airport yesterday afternoon, and conveniently there was an immigration office before passport control. I cam to them and explained the situation. The lady said “don’t worry, you are Australian” and I was stamped and let in.
The weather was pretty horrible, quite dark at 3pm, raining and cold. Due to these factors I got a taxi to ...more»
Tomorrow morning I am flying to Amsterdam and hopefully I will be let into the country with a minimum of imprisonment. Breigh tells me that the Netherlands is even colder than here in London, so I am a bit scared, not to mention sartorially under-prepared.
So tomorrow is the big step out of the comfort zone again as I move into ...more»
I can't believe I forgot to post about this.
On Michelle's birthday her boyfriend Luke became her fiance when he proposed marriage. The ring is an antique with a ruby surrounded by diamonds. Michelle is very happy, as are the rest of the family including myself.
Congratulations, Michelle and Luke. ...more»
I am writing this from a detention holding cell in London's Heathrow airport, in my trusty moleskine.
My uneventful 13.5hr flight from Hong Kong landed at 04:50. After walking through kilometres of corridors I was at passport control by 05:20, and was in detention from 5:25. I was not given any explanation and was left there for an hour.
At 6:30, two ...more»
I woke at 9am, and went in search of coffee. I walked all the way down Nathan Rd from Mong Kok to Tsim Sha Tsui (>4km) and finally found an open restaurant with a picture of coffee on the window. The coffee was strong and effective. Wide awake, I kept walking and it was not long before the Indian tailors ...more»
God Bless the open access point!
I am sitting on my bed at the Dragon Hostel in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon. I am drinking a beer which cost me HK$8 ($1.41 Aussie, €0,88). The place is clean, but as it is about 1:30am I don’t know what the other residents are like. I have a room to myself with ...more»