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Wandering around Amsterdam as my time here will soon come to a close. Though I've seen a lot in 8 days I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of this fascinating city. I like most everything about it, with the possible exception of the unseasonably cold weather, and the massive amounts of tourists. But I can't control the first and can hardly complain about the second, since I'm one of the tourists. With just another two days left, it will be hard to decide what to do. Maybe a day at Vondelpark, the largest in the city, if the weather cooperates. Or maybe the Dutch Resistance Museum, which tells the story of the underground during WWII. I'm so glad I decided to stay in one of Amsterdam's neighborhoods, rather than the city center, as I got a much better feel for local life by doing so, and with the fantastic public transportation available I could be anywhere in minutes. Saturday I move to my Viking River Cruises ship to begin my cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, but since we don't sail until late that evening, I will have time to take the ferry across to the Noord neighborhood, once looked down upon as "the other side of the river," but now full of edgy industrial monuments and hip waterfront cafes.
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Spent the morning and afternoon yesterday at the +Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, a five-star boutique hotel in the center of Amsterdam. It was a sea of serenity in an ocean of tourists. The hotel has been open about 3 years and was built in what was formerly the Amsterdam Public Library. For the hotel interior design, they hired renowned international designer Marcel Wanders, whose astounding attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel. He is responsible for everything, right down to the design of chairs in the restaurant and light fixtures. We sat in his "monster chairs" as we enjoyed a typically Danish brunch in the Blue Spoon Restaurant, so named because Wanders saw the design for the chairs in a dream where monsters were rising from the seats. The final result is not only a chair that was like a cloud to sit in, but also fun for the dragon head that is embossed into the leather backs. Our waiter, Ruben, took us on a brief tour, showing us the Delft Blue Room, a conference room where whimsical Delft ceramic pigs, cows, tulip holders, and more, all designed by Wanders, are displayed in cubbyholes cut into the walls of the room. Too full to walk, my friend, Linda, and I settled into a comfortable leather sofa in the lobby and spent the next couple of hours writing and discussing business. Not only did the hotel staff not mind (I was not staying at their hotel), they regularly checked to make sure that we were OK, bringing us cucumber infused water on two occasions. Ruben even came over with a map to show me a place he insisted I visit in the city. The Andaz Hotel is a wonder, and so are the Dutch people, who are warm and friendly to a fault.
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Garlic Sellers in Trinidad Cuba, with +Discover Corps . To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/05/25/photo-garlic-sellers-trinidad-cuba/
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From the outskirts of Amsterdam, I made my way into the city center. Where the outdoor sculpture at ARTZUID 2015 has been a pleasant and peaceful few hours, this was pure craziness. The only other place I've seen so many tourists is Prague. They choked the sidewalks and stopped every few feet to try and figure out where they were, creating massive backups in the foot traffic. They stepped in front of bicycles in the bike lanes and even walked out in front of trams. The longer I travel, the less I like crowds, but there was no getting away from them. So I took a deep breath and powered through, visiting the Anne Frank House and Museum, the flower market, and then took a cruise around Amsterdam's pretty canals. When I just couldn't take any more, I fled to the sanctuary of a garden at an old mansion turned into a museum. At the moment, I'm sitting in one of the city's many Indonesian restaurants, so prevalent because of the high number of Indonesia's immigrants. I asked them to prepare me something spicy and they took me at my word, bringing fried mackerel in a fiery hot red sauce, so at the moment I am content to just sit inside the restaurant and let the thick glass panes keep out the noise and sickly sweet smell of marijuana smoke. I do like this city, but I bet I'd like it much better off-season.
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I actually have to get to the airport at 4pm anyway.. weekend trip to Bratislava.. but i will be grabbing coffee at the Grote markt.. st bavo kerk around lunchtime.. and i can point you in the right direction in haarlem
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Plaza Mayor in Trinidad, Cuba +Discover Corps To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/05/22/photo-plaza-mayor-in-trinidad-cuba/
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Ernest Hemingway House in Cuba, with +Discover Corps To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/05/20/photo-ernest-hemingway-house-in-cuba/
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Girl Celebrates Quinceanera (15th Birthday) in Cuba. +Discover Corps  To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/05/27/photo-quinceanera-celebration-in-cuba/
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Museum Plein (Square) in Amsterdam. Left to right: Stedelijk Museum, with its current exhibit of works by Henri Matisse; the round Van Gogh Museum; and the castle-like Rjksmuseum, which features Renaissance and Flemish painters. I went to the Matisse exhibit and it was astounding. I was familiar with his paintings but had no idea that at the end of his career he focused on giant cutouts, such as the ones shown below. Before leaving I watched a half-hour feature film that interviewed the nun who had been Matisse's life-long friend and was instrumental in getting the Rosary Chapel in Vence, France built. She was an absolute pistol - and funny as can be - and her reminiscences really humanized the artist for me in a way that just the museum displays could not do. Hope to do the Van Gogh Museum before I leave, but running out of time. Have to laugh when I think back to struggling with whether or not 10 days would be too much time to spend in Amsterdam.
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: My Love-Hate Relationship With Kathmandu – The Year I Was Almost Trampled to Death. One person died and several were injured that year at Bisket Jatra. I am decidedly grateful not to have been one of them. To continue reading the full article, click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2012/06/19/kathmandu-nepal-unesco-world-heritage-sites3/
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NEW BLOG POST: The Art of Cuban Culture. Thanks to +Discover Corps people-to-people program, I was able to immerse in Cuba’s vibrant art scene, providing me with insight into Cuban art that would not have been possible on a typical tour. To continue reading the full article, click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/05/23/cuban-art-culture/
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I've been in Amsterdam for just a day and a half, but that's all it took for me to know this is going to be one of my all-time favorite cities. Today began at the Hilton Amsterdam, where I attended a press conference about ARTZUID 2015, a massive display of outdoor sculpture that opens tomorrow. Since the press conference was in Dutch, one of the curators invited me to the head table with the artists and organizers, where he kindly translated for me. Afterward, he took everyone on a brief tour of a few of the pieces, which include sculptures from renowned artists such as KAWS and Jaume Plensa. I spent the entire afternoon walking the entire route, and the collection is truly amazing. In my opinion, outdoor sculpture is one of the things that makes a city great. If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam this summer, be sure to tour ARTZUID. For those of you who are armchair travelers, I've included a photo gallery of 20 of the pieces here.
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  • Hole In The Donut, LLC
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    As a freelance travel writer & photographer, I travel the world perpetually, immersing in cultures from around the world and bringing the stories of those cultures to readers on my blog, http://holeinthedonut.com
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After years of working 70 hours a week at jobs I detested, I felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside, but empty on the inside. Searching for meaning in my life, I abandoned a successful but unsatisfying career and set out on a six-month solo backpacking trip around the world, during which I pursued my true passions of travel, writing, and photography. My travel blog, http://holeinthedonut.com, was initially begun as a means to document my round-the-world trip, but by the time I returned to the States I was determined to remake myself into a travel writer, therefore I continued to travel and write about my destinations. These days I am on the road more than 60% of the time and I write about destinations, people I meet along the way, and the spiritual lessons that come from travel. It's all about being true to oneself.
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - Sarasota, Florida - Chicago, Illinois - Phoenix, Arizona - Rincon, Puerto Rico - Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Pokhara, Nepal - Kalamazoo, Indiana - Tuscola, Illinois - Boulder Junction, Wisconsin - Morris, Illinois - Chiang Mai, Thailand
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