The Netherlands early Summer 2017 – Part 1

December 12, 2017 at 17:37

If you want to go to from Stuttgart to Amsterdam to Stuttgart and you do not want to spend more than 100€ you have a few options.
Hitch Hike: Free but one can not be sure to arrive at the same day
Ride sharing: Quite fast but you need somebody that goes both ways at the day you want to travel
The bus: Easy since you do not have to change from Stuttgart to Amsterdam. Not a lot of space
The train: You have to change 6 times. You can walk while changing and have more space.

So once again I took the train for 89€ something. Was close to take the bus but the last time I did German police did a drug search on the highway. Not even after the border – a stop later. That took over two hours. And the bus trip is slow in the first place. No such thing in the train – I wonder why?? How come they stop the buses and no check in the train? Take a dog and walk the train – it is so easy and you can do it while the train is moving!
And the train is a bit faster than the bus – if (IF) the train is on time. Which usually it is not. The cheap ticket is only for the day and trains that are listed on your ticket. If there is a delay of more than 20 minutes you can take any train. A few times I could switch into a fast train and saved a lot of changing trains and time!

First train
First train

Second train
Second train

Next train
Next train

Outside at the train station in Oberhausen
Outside at the train station in Oberhausen. Imagine this is what you see when you come home! Since it was a booze free vacation I could not even drown my sorrows in beer at the Trinkhalle.

There is one more thing about the train ride – the train goes along the Rhine river for a while. That must be the most scenic part in Germany you can do on rails. Old small villages on the side the train goes up. The river on your right (or left when you come back from Amsterdam) and lots of old villages and castles on the other side.

Along the Rhine river
Along the Rhine river

Castle

Next train
Next train – this one will cross into Holland

Switch trains again in Arnhem⁩
Switch trains again in Arnhem

And one more time in Utrecht
And one more time in Utrecht. Not even do you have 4G as soon as you pass the border. All the national railway trains do have free WiFi which makes the journey more bearable. Sure enough I look out of the window but when you drive this one a few times it will get less and less interesting. Its nice to read some mails, facebook a bit or scan the news sites.

Finally - the outskirts of Amsterdam
Finally – the outskirts of Amsterdam. Dee and Gerben picked me up at the station and we left for the country side.

My home for a week in Monnickendam⁩
My home for a week in Monnickendam⁩

My ride for the next week
My ride for the next week. I would love to have my green one here. This one is a bit small and very very heavy.

Flat but if the wind comes from the front this bike kills me
Flat but if the wind comes from the front this bike kills me

‎⁨Broek in Waterland
Broek in Waterland

The guys at the market stand
The guys at the market stand

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

The Singing Sheep

On the way back to the camper I passed a few sheep. I stopped to take a look at them. One sheep asked me where I was from so we talked for a while.

Wanna hear my mate sing?
Wanna hear my mate sing?

Listen up!
Listen up!

Thooohooo
Thooohooo

Tarrraaa
Tarrraaa

The sheep where on holiday here. They come from Friesland or Frisia. If the Dutch speak to me I understand most of it since it is close to German. Some is a bit more difficult with the Frisians from the northwestern part of the Netherlands but I works as well. After the song I was quite impressed and pedaled the rest of the way with a big grin on my face.

The monkey likes cold water
The monkey likes cold water

The next day

It was blue, warm and sunny! I managed to find the week where Dutch summer takes place. It usually only lasts for a day but it is great!

The pool from our campground
The pool from our campground

Summer in ze Dutchland
Summer in ze Dutchland

The boys
The boys

Back in Amsterdam

I enjoyed the quite mornings at the camp ground. The guys left quite early so I could sleep again. After that a nice hot shower and coffee. There was a camper parked across but the guy did not sleep at the campground. And there was one parked round the corner – never saw the woman who stayed there.
And after my coffee I did the dishes every day.
If you ever think to marry a Thai girl and love camping – think again! She does a few dishes every evening – any leftovers go into containers in the fridge and end up as snacks for the next day. So you have almost everything you use to cook or eat in the camper on a big dirty pile every day. That results in doing dishes for 30 minutes or more every day.

Next stop Schipol
Next stop Schipol

On the way to Amsterdam
On the way to Amsterdam

On the way to Amsterdam
Only cows, a few sheep’s and some water birds till you get really close to Amsterdam. This camp ground is a bit further from the city than the one from last year. Last year I was walking just under 1 hour to the ferry for the train station. Now it takes about 40 minutes with the bike.

Monnickendam⁩
Monnickendam⁩

Oranjekerk
Oranjekerk

View down the Rustenburgerstraat
View down the Rustenburgerstraat

That was a beautiful art deco theater and is a Rijksmonument. Now it houses a coffee place
That was a beautiful art deco theater and is a Rijksmonument. Now it houses a coffee place

I take that picture every time when I am in Amsterdam. The globes get old now
I take that picture every time when I am in Amsterdam. The globes get old now

Last days in Amsterdam

August 21, 2016 at 17:57

A week is short and I only had 3 more days to go. More walking in Amsterdam. More meeting the guys down town and more camping.

The Citroen DS Car Collector

Next to the camp ground was a big old car collection. Most of the cars had no roof to park under and where exposed to the elements. Very sad to see them like this. Some where lucky and had at last a roof to park under or even a shed. The guy really was in love with the Citroen DS and had quite a lot of them. Who know how many more he stores in the sheds and barns on his land.

3 Station Citroen ds
3 Station Citroen DS

2 more Citroen ds
2 more Citroen DSs

3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days
3 Citroen DS waiting to see better days

But there where other cars and trucks as well:

Two Hanomag Kurier
Two Hanomag Kurier

A small Mercedes-Benz Bus
A small Mercedes Benz Bus

Mercedes Bus
There was a VW Bus as well but too much trash in front of it for a picture. A great place for vintage car lovers to spend a few hours and admire the old beauties.
The man has a blog with some of his cars as well: http://www.danielquerido.nl/wordpress/rollend-schroot. Use the navigation under Rollend Schroot to see the vehicles.

Back to the City

On the way to the city
On the way to the city I did walk along a bike path and this nice blue water. Next on a dike along a golf course and into the city. Small houses close to the water and next: Nieuwendammerdijk (see this post: https://hastenteufel.name/blog/walking-down-nieuwendammerdijk-in-amsterdam/ )

Stretch 2CV
Did pass this Stretch 2CV because I decided to take another ferry today and not end up at the train station but over to Java Island and walk from there.

Stretch 2CV

Ferry in Amsterdam
One of the free ferries that took me to Amsterdam after my walk at the Nieuwendammerdijk

Ferry in Amsterdam

Wind mill in Amsterdam
Nice wind mill in the city

Cruise Boat in Amsterdam
Seems to be the thing to do in Amsterdam. Get a few friends together, some booze and go cruise the channels

Hungry Dee
Hungry Dee

Thirsty Jouke
Thirsty Jouke

Our caravan and a few more tentsThe last morning – Dutch weather again! Our caravan and a few more tents

Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground
Tippie and Trailer on the camp ground

Back to Stuttgart

Due to the incompetence of Deutsche Bahn (see this post) I had 5 trains to go and it would be a very long day on the rails. But sometimes I am lucky – and I was today 🙂

1st Train
Gerben did give me a lift to the train station. Got some food and coffee and boarded the 1st train today. It was full but I had a good seat next to the door and enough space.

2nd Train
Second train – very plastic like but ok – and free wifi!!

3rd TrainThe good thing – it did not rain since the train to Germany stops all the way at the end of the track. And there is no roof and no seating. So we did board and the train left in time. But it did stop after 4 minutes – another train with a broken engine did block the train station. So after 30 minutes we did roll back into the station. After another 30 minutes the Dutch cleared the rails and we where moving again. But now I could not make my other 2 trains to Stuttgart.
So in Düsseldorf I went to search the office to sort that out. It was some sort of Japanese festival and the train station was full of cosplayers or whatever you call them. Full Japanese Carnival. Well the friendly woman in the office did stamp my ticket and I could take the ICE to Stuttgart. Great news – 25 minutes to wait and 75 minutes early in Stuttgart.

German ICE Train
The good old ICE on its way down south to Stuttgart

Walking down Nieuwendammerdijk in Amsterdam

August 19, 2016 at 14:30

Nieuwendammerdijk is a dyke or dam in the Northern IJdijk between Buiksloot and Schellingwoude. On my way from the camp ground to Amsterdam down town I crossed it to get to the ferry. Nieuwendam founded in 1514 after one of the dykes broke. At the time the dyke lay between the IJ river and fields. Most of the people here where fisherman, traders, shipbuilder and ferryman. It was an important loading port for the goods from the farms way back in the hinterland.
The sluice of Nieuwendammerdijk is one of the most important parts of the village. Since all the good on boats from the farmland behind had to come here to get further onto other ships. The small boats docked in the harbour and the goods where loaded on bigger boats or distributed to Amsterdam.
The grain and peat trade started about 1450 when the first ships sailed from here.
On old paintings you can see many mills as well. Saw-, Wood- and Corn-mills.

From 1568 after the “Eighty Years War” more and more people did find work in the fast growing city of Amsterdam. Many ships where waiting in the harbour of the dyke village for good winds or load. This way they could avoid the higher port charges in Amsterdam. That did open another source of income. Shipbuilding and repairs.
Most of the old houses are made out of wood not stone. This way they are light and do not damage the dyke.

A lot of captains did build their homes there for their retirement. At the time they had a wonderful view over the IJ River and the boats coming and going. You still can tell the wealth from the beautiful facades of these houses.
At the big flood of 1916 a large part of Nieuwendam was under water. More and more the city did depend on Amsterdam. In 1921 it became a part of it. In the following years new development swallowed most of the village.

Old wood house on the Nieuwendammerdijk

Detail of a house on the Nieuwendammerdijk
Detail of a house on the Nieuwendammerdijk

White wood house
This one with white paint

Nieuwendammerdijk in Amsterdam
In the back you can see the “Café ‘t Sluisje” next to the sluice

Sluice at Nieuwendammerdijk
The sluice looking towards the hinterland away from Amsterdam

Seating area of the village pub
Seating area of the village pub “Café ‘t Sluisje” next to the sluice. The pub house was built in 1565. There is a yacht harbour now in front of it with some new houses as well.

Dutch House
The Dutch are really different from the Germans. In Germany most of the people do not want you to look into their homes. Here most of the people do not care. This way you can even see the garden behind the house.

Village Pub
One of the two pubs in the street

Old wood house

No. 161

Roses
Even if you do not have a garden – some flowers must be possible

Tree construction
They do love their trees!

Random Art
Art in front of a house

Looking down the street
Looking down the street. You can see that some house have a stone wall at the front but wood on the side to keep the house light.

Butcher Shop
Must have been the butchers…

Goat
Hello!

Augustinuskerk or St. Augustinus church
Of course the village had a church as well: Augustinuskerk or St. Augustinus church. There was an older church on the same ground. Build in 1798. In 1882 construction of the new and bigger church started. It was finished in 1889.

The tower of Augustinuskerk
The tower of Augustinuskerk

Houses
One of the old original houses next to a newer and bigger one

End of the street
Almost over – 2 more minutes and you would be back at the big street again