Europe The Netherlands Walking around Amsterdam Starting with a few pix from the evening I arrived, most are pix of me just taking a long walk between the Weesperplein Metro station and Vondelpark. Didn't get far into the park because I was exhausted but plan to return. Train from Schipol Beautiful train stations Cool building between station and my hostel No, seriously, donuts. All the hostel rooms have themes - cool daring women stuff, even one kink one. Mine? Donuts My bunk. With my own donut pillow. Lots of pink. I still love the room. Lots of room, shelves by the bed. Really comfortable. Street markets Cool street markets were by my hostel on Monday. They're not there every day. My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade Street market My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade I took a pass on the Heineken experience. Saving my money for the Guinness Factory in Dublin My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade Detail on the Rijksmuseum bridge/tunnel entrance The Rijksmuseum. I probably won't go in, but maybe. Awesome musicians playing in the Rijksmuseum tunnel. I bought a CD. Had to. Great classical trio of accordion, violin, and a WTF? What IS that? Check out this bass, Pete. Boats are everywhere too. In the Rijksmuseum tunnel Yeah, Bikes are everywhere. But I liked the composition of this. Flowers in Museumplein Park Back of Rijksmuseum Cool moving fountain in Museumplein Park Tourists crawling on touristy sign Tourists crawling on touristy sign Sculpture in Museumplein Park Just thought this was cool. Made me think of my mom. Weird sculpture thing in the middle of the water in Museumplein Park Skate park in Museumplein Park Van Gogh Museum. Don't know yet if I'll go. I dunno. Cool looking building? Sculpture, maybe in Museumplein Park Sculpture in in Museumplein Park My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade Finally got to Vondelpark. It was huge. I was exhausted. Decided to return another day when I wasn't quite so exhausted. A famous coffee shop. Nope I didn't stop there. ... Yet My grand 3.5 mile walk mostly along Mauritskade Berlin Berlin Pix from my stay in Berlin. A work in progress. First Full Day in Berlin After sleeping most of the day I arrived - I did NOT sleep well on the overnight bus - I was refreshed enough to spend nearly 9 hours walking about. First I took transit to to Grosse Tiergarten (a park) and walked through the fall foliage. Then I took a bus to the Lustgarden where, after grabbing some breakfast at a Starbucks clone, I went on a fantastic "free" (pay what you want) walking tour. I will definitely be doing more of these. Then I walked back past the Maxim Gorki theatre where I bought a ticket to another show. Yay! Then I fortunately came across a Vietnamese restaurant on my way back to the train. Except for bread items, German food is not tempting me at all.