Amsterdam tips: parks and city beaches

Vondelpark The most famous park of Amsterdam, and still very beautiful. The part closest to the center can get very crowded though. You can go have a drink at Blauwe Theehuis in the middle of Vondelpark or at Vondeltuin (way in the back near Amstelveenseweg; less tourists!). Go see a show for free at the …

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Amsterdam tips: recommended restaurants

You can find restaurants and eateries all over town, but here are some of my favorites. It's always a good idea to make reservations in advance. City center / North: EYE restaurant This modern design building and film institute has a very good and popular restaurant. It has a design interior but with a warm …

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Preparing…. anticipating…

Preparing.... anticipating... And testing my travel blog. 29th September 2009 - malaria pill Took my first Lariam malaria pill, yuckk... they are so heavy. But a Coca-Cola helped settle my upset stomach... cola is the remedy to so many ailments, from nausea to throat ache! On previous holidays Lariam gave me no nasty side effects …

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Safety tips

If you listen to co-workers or your uncle, you can not go to Colombia, Tanzania or Amsterdam and come back in one piece. People love to share horror stories and to them it's not so important if they are fifth-hand or actually accurate. Fear of the unknown All those scare mongers make you feel like …

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How to prepare for a long trip

What (not) to bring? Safety and health do's & don'ts? Useful websites? And lots of practical 'granny tips'... This is a list of tips I compiled while I was traveling through Indonesia, Australia, Chile, Bolivia and Peru with my friend Petra for a total of one year. Since then I have been on solo holidays …

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