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November 2011

Amsterdam Baby!!!

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So I have two weeks of blogging for you lucky people. :-)

Last week was good. I had a FIVE DAY WEEKEND!! It was amazing. I got to chillax on the Monday morning, then I stayed at Nely's in the evening as Tuesday was Tania's (Nely's mums) birthday. I got invited to go with them and some others from church for a picnic in the country. It was a really nice day. Luckily it didn't start to rain till when we were leaving. As we were leaving one person was trying to queue jump in their car, and ended up getting their car stuck in a big muddy dip. Loads of people went to help, but the car wouldn't budge, so they ended up having to ring for help. See, you shouldn't queue jump hehe.

Wednesday and Thursday I was back at work, which went pretty well. Then the weekend brought........ AMSTERDAM!!!! Amsterdam was amazing!!! Loved every minute, well not the travelling. :-P It took me SIXTEEN HOURS to get there, and eight hours to get back. I was pretty much a zombie for the whole weekend as I had no more than 10 hours sleep from Thursday to Sunday, but it was worth it!

My journey started at 2am on Friday morning, as that was the only coach I could get to Lisbon. I was the only person on the coach for the whole journey, and it had really comfy red leather seats. :-) When I got to the coach station in Lisbon, which was pretty gorgeous, and got a taxi to the airport. I then had to wait for 6 hours, yes 6 hours, in the airport. That was soooooo fun. Actually, I did get some entertainment. Hehe. While I was sitting in the airport for a billion hours, I was near the escalators for trolleys. Someone went up it with a very full, and precariously packed trolley. At the top, all the suitcases decided to full off, causing the trolley and the man to fall over the pile. Then everyone behind him fell into him. It was a trolley jam. Hehe. Was really funny to watch. While there, I started to really crave a full English breakfast, trust me, but no where in the main part sold them. :-( After I was finally able to check in, I went to the departure lounge, and what did I find? A full English breakfast. Mmmmm. But I decided to wander round a bit first and found a Harrods cafe. Double mmmmmm. But I still carried on looking and finally found the perfect breakfast. Pizza Hut!!

I realised while in the airport, that no sleep is an excellent cure to my shopping addiction. I walked past everything with barely a glance. All I was thinking was I need a bed NOW!! :-P

Oooo going through security was fun. I set off the security detector thingy and had to get patted down. The lady couldn't find anything, so had to use that handheld thing and it beeped at me. Guess what set it of....... My BRA!! Was really funny. Couldn't stop laughing for ages.

Finally managed to get some sleep on the plane. Yay!! But was rudely awoken after about an hour by evil turbulence. It was actually pretty bad, everyone got thrown around in their seats, and the woman next to me would have hit her head on the seat in front of her if she hadn't put her hands up in time. Luckily it didn't last too long. :-) The woman next to me was French but I did actually manage to have a conversation with her, using my really bad French.

Got to Barcelona and had to wait for 3 hours, so not as bad, but I did get swept up with shopping. :-( Didn't spend too much, which was good. Barcelona airport is quite nice, but boring for three hours, especially when tired. I was such a numpty, I almost missed my plane to Amsterdam. :-S I looked at the departure board and saw it said flight 3.30pm, and thought that meant boarding at 3.30pm, not leaving at 3.30pm. So that meant I had to run through half the terminal to get to my plane on time. Luckily I made it.

Then I finally landed in AMSTERDAM!! Woop woop!! :-D I was the first to arrive, but didn't know the arrival details of the others, so just stood at my arrival gate. Finally found Chris and Ollie, then we found Miriam and JODIE!! I was so excited to see Jo again. My best friend!! :-) Definitely the best part of the weekend. After we all met up, we managed to find our way to our hotel, which had awesome cows out the front, and dumped our stuff in our rooms. Mine, Jodie and Miriam's room had a view of the 'Eiffel Tower'. :-) We all then hit the town in such of food, and after we ate, we explored. Yes, we found the Red Light District. It was interesting, and very surreal. It was weird to see loads of girls in windows wearing only underwear and trying to sell themselves. We didn't know where to look. We had a great night tho, we found some cool bars, one was an awesome rock bar, and met some interesting and funny people. We also went to an intersting museum. The Sex Museum. It was pretty funny walking round it.

Saturday we went for breakfast and I had the biggest Danish pancake ever!! It was so yummy. :-) We then went on a daylight exploration around Amsterdam. The first stop was a Canal Cruise. It was really good. We had such a good time, and Amsterdam is so beautiful. We then went shopping. :-) Every other shop in Amsterdam is either a sex shop or a coffee shop, which doesn't actually seel coffee. :-P We had a laugh walking round. We found this really cool shop that sells novelty condoms. You can't use them, they are just for display, but they are pretty cool. You could get a ladybird or a carrot. Hehe. By the Palace we saw a street performer, who was all the way from England. He was pretty entertaining. He put his whole body through a tennis racket with a big glass ball on his head. After that, he set fire to a ball and rolled it all across his body and down his trousers. Unfortunately we ran out of time to go to the Anne Frank museum, but we still had so much fun. We also went to a Vodka Museum, which was pretty cool. There was a glass machine gun full of vodka. Mmmmm :-) In the evening we ate, then went on a night time canal cruise to see Amsterdam all lit up at night. It was sooooo beautiful. Again, we hit the Red Light District, and gave Chris his 21st birthday present, which he loved. :-)

It was such an amazing weekend. We all enjoyed every moment. It was crazy and so fun. :-) I really want to go back. :-)

I arrived in Badajoz at 12.30am Monday morning, knackered but happy. Well, a bit sad as I had to say bye to Jo. :-(

This week I mainly caught up on my sleep, which was very important. Thursday I made yummy chocolate brownies. Friday I had my first Spanish lesson that went really well. I enjoyed it. :-) Saturday was History Makers Reunion. I loved it! It was so good to see people from the last History Makers, and to meet new people. This one was only a day, but I found it so rewarding. It really challenged me in my faith and my view of myself. I found it so helpful.

Today I had a drum lesson. It was goooooood. :-) I also had a really nice lunch with Caroline and Desmond, celebrating yesterdays History Makers, and how well it went.

So all in all it's been a really good couple of weeks.

Ooooo I have more news, but I will share it with you next week as it's not fully decided yet. :-)

God bless xxx

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