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Usually we only make trips to the Netherlands in the deepest winter so the roadtrip turns into an adventure. But this year we squeezed a summer roadtrip into our busy schedule. We were hoping for lotsa sunshine during the 9 hour trip but all we got was gray clouds and lotsa rain.

This year’s first stop was Heemskerk. A little town our navigation system did not know and therefore, it took us quite a while until we actually found the right way to that magic place where the sun was actually shining. My favorite Dutchie, Fleur, already welcomed us and we decided to go to the beach to enjoy the nice weather after dinner.

Fleur and my new furry buddy Max

we enjoyed the sunset and a few drinks

Jess, Fleur and Max(under the table) at the beach bar

The next day we were off to Zaanse Schans, a collection of windmills. It was a pretty fun and very Dutch day.

having a seat in a gigantic (and pretty wet) wooden shoe

showing off my new dancing shoes 😉

the girls in the wooden shoe souvenir shop

the windmills

We went into a “sawmill” where windpower is used in order to saw wood.Pretty cool but also pretty dusty.

Jess, Fleur and me on the “terrace” of the sawmill

in the Netherlands shoes are not only made for walking 😉

On the way back to Heemskerk we saw one of the coolest buildings ever. It is a hotel and if it would not be in the middle of nowhere, I would definitely spend a night or two in there.

coolest building ever!

The next day we drove to Amsterdam where I was off for a wedding (blog about this summer’s weddings will follow shortly) and Jess spent too much money during a successful shopping trip. We also visited our famous Aunt Mary in Den Haag. It was her last day in town and of course we did not wanna miss that 😉

Mary Poppins

One of our friends got us tickets for the show and we could enjoy Mary Poppins from amazing seats! It was kinda sad that it was the last show but the atmosphere in the theater was awesome! We had lotsa fun especially during scenes where lotsa (hot) sweeping was going on. (Sorry, that is an inside joke 😉 )

the view from our seats

the final curtain call

When we left the theater we noticed something quite weird: They changed the theater decorations during the show. They took down Mary Poppins and put up the posters for the new show so once you left the theater, the Mary Poppins feeling was taken away and replaced by a green witch who we actually did not plan on seeing before the winter.

Wicked is next

After the show we only had a quick reunion with Erwin and then we quickly checked out the beach and pier before it started raining again.

it was a bit windy though

The next day, we met some friends and we finally made something happen that I have planned on doing four Amsterdam trips ago: visiting the Anne Frank House. I loved Anne Frank’s diary and it was a weird feeling to finally be in the place where she and her family were hiding from the Nazis for such a long time. Kinda creepy feeling but still very fascinating. At the end we got to see the real Oscar the Anne Frank movie won in 1959. Actually, it belonged to Shelley Winters who won it for her role in the Anne Frank movie.

a very shiny and very real Academy Award.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed. We enjoyed (too much) yummy food, went to the Kaaskelder and tasted (and bought) lotsa cheese, went to the flower market, played tourist, had more  food and once it stopped raining we could actually enjoy a few minutes of sunshine.

yum!

cheeeeeeeeeeeeese


posing at the I amsterdam sign

having one of the biggest (and yummiest) pancakes ever…the stomach ache afterwards was totally worth it!

We ate so much that we decided to walk to our hotel and lose a few of those 17639284 calories we consumed that day. On the way we passed a few funny stores…this one below was my favorite. I love moustaches but only if you can take them off again at the end of the day. If you are not retarded or don’t work in porn, don’t even consider growing a moustache or I will make fun of you!

I totally dig the Sunday style!

The Carré theater. Looking forward to the day when I finally get to sit in there!

This trip was actually the Dutchest one of all of our trips to the Netherlands even though I did not get the chance to eat my beloved Bitterballen and Kaasstangels. But that’s gonna be on my menu this winter…together with a freshly baked stroopwafel. Oh I can already feel upcoming stomach ache… 🙂

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Tuesday evening. We all met up for dinner until somebody came up with the magic question: “what should we do this weekend?”. After discussing this subject for a while, we had a perfect plan: “Let’s go to Koli!”  Sure thing. So we booked a cottage and started our roadtrip there on Saturday around 5am. It was quite a trip…and of course we made a lot of stops for the smokers and people with tiny bladders amongst us.

I got a nice seat in the economy class of the car. Lotsa leg room! (The bad side when you’re friends are giants)…

aaahh i seriously did not know what to do with so much leg room 😉

eventually I entertained myself (and other people in the car)

After I-don’t-know-how-many-hours in the car, we finally arrived at our lovely cottage in Koli. It was quite a big house. And we even had a nice little pet, that unfortunately had passed away and nobody has removed it from the patio. Seeing a dead bird on your patio does not really put you in vacation mood. But eventually we learnt how to ignore it. A little hint:booze kinda helps 😉

our cottage

After a bit of relaxing we finally started our tour through the national park (and hills) of Koli. It was actually pretty awesome. It was really what you expect of Finland.

lift

nice view!

it got a bit cloudy later on

hiking professionals!

After we were done with the hiking,we drove back to our cottage and checked out the area around it. We had a lake close by…and a boat.

When we were sitting in the boat, I was about to freak out as the distance between the water surface and the boat was like 10 cm only…maybe even less. I felt like “Titanic” is gonna happen all over again.Just minus the iceberg (although it’s Finland, you can never be too sure about those things 😉 )and I had my scary and whiny moments every 5 minutes. And that was exaclty why my friends have not told me that we’ve had a hole in the boat until we were safely back at the shore. Aaww gotta love my friends!

row-boating

After the shock was gone, we had a nice bbq and started our legendary drinking games…can it get any more Finnish?? 😉

playing “The Umbrella”

“Drink two”

We actually combined 2 drinking games. “The umbrella” and one of Apple’s drinking games where you have to virtually turn a fortune wheel and if you got lucky, you could take a break or the pesron next to you had to drink….

It did not really get dark at night which was pretty cool.

approx. at 1 am

In the middle of the “night” we decided to walk around the area a bit and get eaten alive by mosquitos. Finnish mosquitos are real beasts btw! While we were wandering around I saw this sign:

no words.

so peaceful

Eventually, we all went to bed and had to get up a few hours later in order to start hour 6-7 hour journey towards Helsinki. It was an amazing but pretty exhausting weekend. I am just not sure what was more exhausting…the lack of sleep or the itching of the mosquito bites…

Taa!!

It’s all over again. Time was running so fast…or maybe we were just so busy…busy meeting up with old friends, busy eating too much(junk food), busy drinking quite a lot (of wine), busy avoiding getting hit by cars or bikes, busy trashing my camera, busy trashing Jess’ camera. As you can see, our trip was quite eventful. Thank God for camera phones…otherwise this blog entry would consist of boring text only.

the obligatory picture


reunion no.1 : Jess, Todor and I

After dragging up our suitcases 4 entire stairways (of course our hotel room was on the top floor of the entire building), we had some yummy Italian food and good laughs. Amsterdam is so pretty and sparkly at night…and my heart smiled, when I saw the “bling-building” again:

the very last picture before my beloved camera died 😦

Yeah, my camera died. Quite unfair considered the fact that I was 100% sober and did not even drop it myself. It was the wind. True story. Note to self: don’t try self-timed pictures when it’s windy outside….Well, at least now I know what Santa can get me for Christmas.

A day later, Jess’ camera broke as well. Come on, what are the odds?? This is the point where camera phones come in handy:

Amsterdam at night

 

legendary parking skills in front of our hotel


beautiful


wooden tulips

 

the coolest bike I’ve ever seen


having a drink with Santa and Rudolph

 

reunion no.2: Fleur and I…just like in old times

When we were not too busy drinking wine and eating Bitterballen and Kaastangel, Fleur taught us how to pronounce “Heerhugowaard” the right way. Funny name for a city. We went there the next day to see Urinetown(Zeikstad)…the mjuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusical ;-). Boring city but great show! Can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much!

reunion no.3. Jess, Renée and I

The next day we got up early to go to Den Haag (The Hague) to see Mary Poppins. The weather sucked and for that reason we decided to skip the sightseeing and go see a movie instead. We saw Rapunzel in 3D…it was a great and funny movie even though I honestly managed to fall asleep during the loudest scene of the entire movie. Pure awesomeness, I’m telling you! 😉

Kurhaus in Scheveningen


indoor sightseeing


the wind kinda played with us…Mary Poppins-style

 

Mary Christmas 😉


reunion no.4: Jess, Erwin and I

Th next day we were surprised by quite a lot of snow and pretty heavy traffic on the streets so that it took us over 14 hours to get home. Meanwhile, we were stuck on the highway for hours where I honestly thought I was gonna die cuz I had to pee so badly and there was no toilet in sight (not even bushes)…but eventually the traffic started to move (way too sloooow) and I got to use a toilet and survived 😉

To sum up: We had a great week in the “land of cheese” and I am already looking forward to next year’s winter roadtrip.

Chicks on Tour

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Bling Bling, friends, fun, Travel
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Tomorrow’s the day: two awesome chicks on the road – aaaall the way to beautiful Amsterdam. Looking forward to reunions, good food, new shows, great shopping and lotsa bling. ‘Nuff said 🙂

watch out!

Some friends and I decided to make a little roadtrip for Juhannus.So we took a car and drove over 600 km up north to the lovely Oulu, where they are originally from. We left Helsinki at 08:30 pm on Thursday night and arrived in Oulu at 3am Friday morning.

our route: Helsinki – Oulu

It was an exhausting ride but the landscape and the fact that it did not get dark (at all!!) made up for it. We even saw 2 mooses on the side of the street when we came closer to Oulu. Little scary but cool.

beautiful colors

the closer we came up  north, the foggier it got on the meadows

Day 1: Henna and I were sun-bathing in her Mom’s backyard and I think I caught a little too much sun. It was unbelievably hot that day! We drove to Mathias’ parents house in the late afternoon for some typical Finnish barbecue, sauna, drinks and mölkky.

me, Henna and Matias’ mom

Day 2: Biking tour through Oulu. Henna showed me the prettiest places of Oulu. The weather was nice and we even went into the (still very cold) sea!!! In the evening we went to Henna’s Dad’s place for sauna, yummy Mexican food, drinks and some games.

“market police”

got surprised by some rain

in Finland people go into the sauna naked. But we thought we’d take some towels for the picture 😉

I turned into a cool biker chick 😉

Matias and I took the Polo a bit too far 😉

Day 3: We did not really do a lot except eating and sauna 😉 And then it was time to hit the road again….

we stopped at a nice lake on our way back

watch out!


Pheewww!What a day! It took us 9 hours to drive back to Germany. 2 hours longer than expected…stupid snow/construction sites! To be honest I had a hard time not to fall asleep behind the steering wheel…but I had a great entertainer next to me who made me listen to Lady Gaga’s new album…A LOT 😉

Of course we confirmed the stereotype that women don’t know anything about the inside of a car. We ran our of frost protection on the way back (you know that stuff that gets sprayed on ur windshield that cleans your window at the same time)…yeah we ran out of that liquid(and we really needed some!) so we went into car supply store and bought some and then we asked for help cuz we didnt know where to put it. I felt so embarrassed when the woman who sold us that stuff yelled through the store for her colleague to help ” 2 ladies with the frost protection because they don’t know where to put it”. That got us some extra attention we didnt even ask for. Thank you!Merry Christmas to you too!

Anyways, I had a great time during those 4 days!Thanks to everybody!I love the Netherlands and Amsterdam is just truly beautiful(and crazy!) and I advise everybody to go there at least once!(most likely with me  if you want it to be legendary 😉 ).

We took a lot of (stupid)videos which will all be taken and turned into another glorious video. Might take a while though as my secretary is on Christmas vacation and now I have to do it myself 😉 But I still want to show you you something:

Here’s a compilation of the show we’ve been to on Saturday. (Oudejaarsshow). It’s a bit long but I love it…especially the part from 2:53-3:41 WATCH IT!

Oudejaarsshow 2009 in Westervoort

Now you’re up to date with my life again and I can finally go to bed and sleep. So please do not disturb!

SHHHHHH!!!

Barely back in Germany and already in Amsterdam. I’m on a roadtrip with Jess and it took us looooooong 8 hours to get here. There were like 50 construction sites which slowed down traffic and then the snow camw.Booo! Anyways, we made it. And we were lost only once on those 8 hours!This is like another world record! 😉

Our hotel is very different from what we’re used to…the location is amazing but the room is…well, see yourself:

Tonight,we checked out a few things already…more to come tomorrow!

Bling Bling!!

one day this baby is MINE!!!

Tomorrow afternoon we’re gonna go to Utrecht to go see “Joseph” again. But this time: front row!Wahoo. A bit scary but I bet it’s gonna be fun!Stay tuned!