Monday, October 15, 2007

A Walk Round Amsterdam

We managed to join a group of young Westerners in a walking tour round Amsterdam on our second try. That was a day before we left for Paris. The guide was an American man who was lecturing in Holland. It seemed that the trip was not free after all. We were told quite subtly before the actual walking began that we could give tips. Though the amount was not really fixed, it was suggested that we gave at least five Euros each. I thought it was fair for throughout the walk, the guide took pain to explain and tell stories about the places which we passed. Walking around in Amsterdam was very pleasant. The winter there was not harsh and we did not suffer the discomfort of sweating and the sting of the tropical sun. Halfway through the walk, we stopped somewhere near the park where there was a big statue of Rembrandt, the famous artist and many, many other smaller statues of soldiers I think, keeping the midnight watch. We were to have lunch and poor me, just ate some biscuits which I had brought along all the way from Malaysia! We were supposed to meet again later but some people did not come back. The guide was thus fifteen Euros poorer!

Meeting Place...






Listening to the Guide...



Taking a break at the Midnight Watch...




Walking on....

Traveling Tip: Tip if you must.

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