Where is John Lama? travel blog

I traded a bunch of miles for an international first class ticket...

This is the view of the California hills as I am leaving...

Beautiful view from the plane.

Marloes' town to the right. Gouda cheese to the left.

There really are a lot of windmills in Holland. These are some...

This is a classic "smock" windmill. These windmills were developed around 1600...

Even the buildings along the highway have some really cool designs.

Marloes and I stopped by the bakery in her little town. Love...

We had a barbeque at Marloes' house.

Marloes and her friend Nicky modeling outfits for a night out.

Ever wonder what all those sophisticated, intellectual Europeans do during their free...

Yes, these are Dutch people playing twister outside at a park. There...

This is the Waag gatehouse, built in 1488. Public executions were initially...

You can ride a boat through many parts of Amsterdam.

That last building on the right came to a really thin wedge...

There are more people riding bikes than driving cars in the city.

Did I mention a lot of people ride bikes here? These people...

They even ride their bikes to church! Just kidding, Europeans don't go...

A multi-level bicycle parking garage. Thousands of them. Ok, no more bike...

The only building in Amsterdam without bikes out front... the prison. Just...

Many of the houses along the canals have doors to the street,...

No need to go to Venice to take a nice gondola ride.

I think this is some kind of crane. They are all over...

It is great to take pictures of birds that let you walk...

Yes, pot and magic mushrooms are legally for sale here. I wonder...

The "Specials" menu. All sounds good to me.

Don't those mushrooms look delicious?

The marijuana menu. The Focus Mix is recommended "For work, homework, and...

The cheese here is great! I love it.

Social norms regarding sex are different here as well. "Hey kids, want...

 

That is a wooden bike, up against a wall along a canal.

I kept seeing this tour boat as I walked around. The tourists...

So many great things in this antique shop.

 

I went to this club in Amsterdam one night. Great DJ's spinning...

My first of five red bulls that night.

 

Me and Nicky.

There was a cool KLM aircraft display in the Amsterdam airport.

Marloes at the helm!

This was one of the fancier parts of Amsterdam.

Dinner cruise along one of the canals.

A lot of the buildings in Amsterdam seem to be leaning over.

Delicious Belgian waffles.

 

 

Another huge church.

 

There was a lot of spectacular stained glass.

After I arrived in Holland I found out my cousin Julia moved...

We went to a great Persian restaurant.

 

I love these cranes which are all over the place.

This is the Hell's Angels Amsterdam clubhouse.

This was a huge student housing complex where each apartment is made...

Temporary beach volleyball courts in front of the Koninklijk Palace, built in...

I love these skinny little buildings.

The Westerkerk church is the site of Rembrandt's unmarked grave.

 

Marloes and I found yet another great little restaurant.

Great Italian food here.

Great sidewalk cafe scene in Amsterdam.

I took this picture at almost 11pm at night! This far North,...

The canals are just spectacular at night.


US $1 = 1.4 Euros

Well, after a couple years hanging around Colombia and visiting my folks in LA regularly, I finally did some more traveling. My buddy Marloes has visited me a couple times in Medellin, and she invited me to come see her in Holland. Turns out the country is called The Netherlands, and one section is Holland.

Marloes was a great host, and as you can see from the photos, she showed me all around her country. We even spent a day in Antwerp, Belgium.

One cool thing about The Netherlands is that about a third of the country is re-claimed from the sea. There is an extensive and sophisticated system of dams and canals that create much of the land where people live.

Marloes lives in a small town called Leimuiden about 30 minutes from Holland. It was great to get away from the big city of Amsterdam and see how real Dutch people live. Apparently they spend their time riding bikes and playing twister! (See photos)

Another great benefit of our high-tech world was that I posted a message on Facebook when I arrived at Marloes' house saying I was in Holland. The same night my cousin Julia Palleschi from San Francisco wrote back saying that she had moved to Amsterdam! I was able to see her twice during this trip.



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