Sunday - 2011-08-07
06.08.2011 20 °C
Alex had commented that the queues for the Anne Frank house get quite long, and we should be there bu 09:00. At 10:30 the girls finally decided to get up (must have been something to do with my snoring). The queue was massive, and the wind bitingly cold, so must so that I purchased a hot pink hoody in support of the Gay Pride weekend and to keep warm. The girls didn't want to be seen with me for some reason. I was expecting the house to be a real disappointment having waited over 2.5 hours to get it. I was TOTALLY WRONG. The wait was worth every second. You move through the front part of the house and think, yeah this is OK. Then you move to the rear of the house and the reality that they faced hits home. A smaller darkened room, in which they could make no noise during the day, nor use the toilet for fear of alerting the workes below who had no idea that they were hiding in the house. This is a visit I'd recommend to anyone.
After a quick lunch, Alex and Olivia headed off whilst I visited a Coffee Shop. I've only ever had a puff on a joint and frankly it did noting for me. But I was in Amsterdam and going to a Coffee Shop is just one of those things you have to do (just like going to Manly beach when in Sydney - at least for the first time). The giy at the hotel had given me the name of the coffee shop he used and said, explain that it was your first time and they will look after you. Well they sure did. They explained that you lit the joint like a cigar but smoked it like a cigarette. Take 3 puffs then wait 10 minutes and see how you feel. I felt really really good! I managed about 1/2 the joint and have no idea how long I was there. I now understand why people smoke non tobacco substances, and reckon if I was 30 years younger would probably become a regular smoker.
That evening Alex met up with some MacRob school friends and Olivia & I had a take away. We had an early start on Monday.