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Plans awry. [20050304|19:33]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Okay, what I meant to do today was sit inside, type up my travel journal, download the 57 million pictures from my digital camera that I took in Prague while with my awesome doppleganger becala and Fraoigh and take my Lomo film to get developed.

What I actually did today was go to Borough Market, get hot cider and a bacon bubble ciabatta roll, and make plane reservations to fly to Amsterdam with ripperlyn the week after next for three days.

At least I got my film developed, yeah?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-04 19:47 (UTC)
That reminds me, the usual request for recommendations applies. If you have time, of course. Although I don't usually end up doing everything that's recommended to me, I enjoy hearing about other people's favorite places in a city, though.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-04 19:48 (UTC)
Although...though.

Holy bad grammar, Batman. I need to get some sleep.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 13:09 (UTC)
It's actually a "bacon bubble batty" in the full vernacular. It's bacon, brown sauce, and a sort of potato hash (the "bubble" part) on a flour-dusted white bread roll. "Brown sauce" is a bit of a mystery as well. It has malt vinegar in it, though.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-03-04 20:15 (UTC)
You're a globe-trotting lady! I'm kinda jealous, in my little corner.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 12:52 (UTC)
Well, I've never been to Russia, and I don't speak any other languages fluently. So I'm kinda jealous of you too, lady!
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From: ripperlyn
2005-03-05 10:03 (UTC)
I want a bacon roll.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 12:50 (UTC)
Maria's is this tiny little stand right next to the market and her bacon rolls are SO GOOD. Plus, she calls everybody "darling."
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From: ripperlyn
2005-03-05 13:00 (UTC)
Mmmm...bacon roll.
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-03-05 13:44 (UTC)
At least I got my film developed, yeah?

!! you are so english in'it?!

X0
Eee

ps> i wanna see some pictures!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 18:09 (UTC)
I'm working on the pictures. I had 168 from my digital to go through and I just picked up my Lomo film (another 54). Hopefully later tonight they'll be up!

Ell
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-03-05 18:43 (UTC)
Too. Excited. For. Pictures.

Amsterdam suggestions:
1. Don't miss a live sex show, even if it's traumatic, it's something you'll regret not doing. Or at least promise yourself you will someday if you don't make it on this trip. Try to pick up a guidebook that recommends live sex shows as they can vary in quality and at some of them the door price comes down to haggling.

2. I really enjoyed Barney's coffee shop. Be aware though that it's now split into two parts- restaurant and coffee shop, and I believe it's a recent enough switch that none of the guidebooks say so. It's v. easy to find.

3. Don't stay at The Bulldog hostel.

4. If you do not get the lonely planet condensed amsterdam guide, let me transcribe the "quirky" section for you from my copy. :) And go see the Homo Monument, just because, you know, it's the homo monument.

5. Toilets. Of. The. Future. Behind the Rijksmuseum. Go experience the weirdness.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-03-05 18:45 (UTC)
Also, don't try too hard to use the map. Just navigate from Dam Square and the big penis monument. And you probably needn't bother figuring out the trams, as Amsterdam is NOT large. You can walk nearly anywhere.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 21:51 (UTC)
I just got the Lomo rolls back. I'm going through them as I type. Well, not as I type, but you know what I mean.

In re: 3 - I made hotel reservations already at a cute little place in the Southern Canal district. Paying a bit more this time, but all of the good hostels and hotels (and I mean ALL - I made an insane number of inquiries by phone and e-mail) in the city center were booked full.

In re: 4 - I got the full-on LP Amsterdam guide. (I couldn't find a Let's Go - does it even exist?) But I haven't had a chance to look at it except for the "Sleeping" chapter since finding a place to stay was my first priority. Unfortunately for me & ripperlyn, high season starts March 16th, the day we arrive. *sigh*

I will go to the coffeeshop and toilets, yes yes. As for the live sex show, I will have to discuss comfort levels with Marco first. It might be something better done as a couple, not sure.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-03-05 21:58 (UTC)
Right, there is that. I wasn't too committed to my relationship when last I spent more than a day there. Well you can at least wander about the red light district and watch the bored women in the windows chatting on their cell phones.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-03-05 22:01 (UTC)
Oh shit, are you going to be there for spring break?

Prepare for annoying, annoying americans. Still an enjoyable place to be, but so much better without the spring break kids.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-05 22:05 (UTC)
Er, possibly. Dammit, I wasn't paying attention. ripperlyn is in grad school in Scotland and she's still got classes, so I figured it wasn't spring break yet.
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