Sex, Drugs, Flowers, Canals and Bicycles.

This is how I can sum up our recent trip to Amsterdam.Going around the world is always our passion and that is the only reason I agreed to be in London after the wedding though I prefer India. Europe is our dream destination and since London is near, you don’t have to spend much to visit all over Europe. One country down, Netherlands :).I know it is a long way to go still. At least we have started it.
It was really an exciting and exhausting trip to Amsterdam.The view  I saw when our flight started descending in Schiphol Airport, was exhilarating with rows and rows of canals bordering the front and back side of the houses and the suburbs are plush green and fertile. Anybody from a busy city would definitely love that.
Here are some of the highlights.
We stayed in a nice hotel at the heart of the city center, right in front the  ‘National Monument’ and ‘Royal palace’. National Monument looked so dirty that we did not realize it to be a monument until we saw it in one of the pamphlet.One of the worst maintained tourist attraction I have ever seen.

National Monument

I have never searched for so long for a nice and decent coffee shop. Of course  there were thousands of coffee shops around, where coffee is served with marijuana and hashish 🙂
Amsterdam: Sex and Drug capital of the world – I promise my husband did not tell me this ( reason given : Are you so dumb that you did not know this even 😦 ) until it is too late to cancel the trip. Just behind our hotel is the famous ‘Red Light District’ where hundreds of young(old) men(women) flock every day. Just browse the net to see what is special about it unlike other red light areas.I saw a lot of bars, shops, windows which I never imagined that I would see in my life. Of course my husband enjoyed our walks through the RLD – His GPS does not work at all, I ended up going with him so that I do not end up losing him in Amsterdam :).
Ofcourse, We visited ‘Sex Museum’ – the oldest in the world, with its wierd sculptures and pictures.
We went for day trip to Alkmaar – the oldest cheese market in the world. It was the first day of the market for the season which is from April to September. We were dumb-struck seeing rows and rows of cheese being auctioned, weighed and transported. The market started first at 13th century and I should say it is a well organised one.

Cheese

Carriers

Then to Zaanse schans – with old windmills and beautiful greenery.I do not have words to explain the beauty of it. Check out the photos below.

Zaanse Schans - Windmill zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

Next we visited the main destination of our trip – Keukenhof tulip gardens. We were more than excited to see so many tulips in all colours. I have never seen the same flower in all possible colours. The gardens were so awesome. It was again green, green and green everywhere with canals,fountains and birds.

Tulips

Tulips2

The gardens were so huge that it took the whole day and we could not do our cycling trip to Tulip fields nearby. At the end of the day we felt that we have seen enough flowers for the rest of our life. I would say the gardens were the most beautiful man-made gardens I have visited till now. See the panoramic photo below, for a view of the gardens.

Panorama of Keukenhof gardens

We were dead tired because of the sit-ups we did for the last 2 days to capture the best views in our cameras.The next day, We just did a free guided tour of Amsterdam. How can I miss writing about the bicycles in Amsterdam. Did you know that the number of bicycles is more than the number of people in Amsterdam? You can see hundreds of them everywhere – tied to the bridges, over the bridges, stashed in the canals, on the road side.

Cycles

Kissing Penguins

Our last trip was to the Artis zoo – which is a not a very big zoo like london zoo but with good variety of animals, birds and free-flying butterfly pavillion.We rushed to the airport only to find a loooooong queue but finally managed to catch the finally managed to catch the flight.
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Have you ever been honey-trapped??

Coffee&Newspaper

Coffee

I love saturday mornings..Getting up late. Browsing the papers sipping the coffee (It is even better for me, since it is my husband’s turn to make coffee on Saturdays!!). It was all pleasant until I stumbled upon an article which left me completely dumbfounded. I never came across this so-called profession ‘Honey Trapping’  before. Believe it or not, I thought it was a joke until I read the article completely till the end. If you do not know about Honey Trapping’. Here is the definition of this profession as given in a top ‘Honey Trapping’ website.
“You know your partner is up to something but cannot prove it – perhaps they have had affairs before and you simply want an excuse to throw them out! Whatever your reason we have the answers “The Honey Trap”.

It goes like this. Supposing a wife doubts on her husband.she contacts the agency, prepares a dossier on her man, including photos,copies of his diary, phone and a list of his favourite pubs /restaurants including the type of girl he likes. The agency will send a lady to trap the man with all kind of accessories like hidden cameras, tape recorders etc.Husband also can arrange his wife to be spied. I almost spilled the coffee when I ran to show the article to my husband ( of course I wont try honey-trapping him 🙂 ) who knew about this already. He gave me additional information that the wife cannot state this as a reason for divorce for financial gain. Once they found out that this was a honey-trap set by the wife, then she cannot claim any settlement after divorce.
Still I could not believe and started browsing the net and found a lot of agencies offering this “service” and the ladies and gentlemen who provide this “service” are really proud about their role.And of course, it does not come cheap. It costs around £2000 just for the initial consultation.All this happening in UK, I do not think it will take time to reach India. India too have honey-trappers, but they are arranged by parents of the bride/groom who would want to know about the prospective groom/bride.
“Mother gifts honey-trapping money to daughter to spy on her boy-friend”. :|OMG – where are we heading to in terms of relationships? Why do people pay so much of money just to prove that the other is not faithful. Yes,Don’t we always feel happy in proving others wrong!! If they do not succeed in proving it, how are they managing to continue with the same person without their conscience pricking them. In case they succeed,how do they believe that the next boy friend will be faithful?
My husband is laughing at me blogging about this article.He doesn’t seem to take this seriously. May be this is how humans evolve? May be the terms ‘Faithful’, trust’, ‘confidence’ ‘truthfulness’ will become meaningless in future.

Hey

Thanks for visiting my blog. At last I too decided to blog. I read a lot of blogs, some are funny, some are for a purpose, some are really sad, some contain poems, some contain photography and some just blog interesting happenings. I love to read them all, but never once  thought of blogging myself. May be because, it is really difficult to put your thoughts into words and it more difficult to keep you motivated to continue blogging. I have seen so many bloggers quitting after some months but there are still many who keep blogging even after years. Inspired from those who are still blogging, I  have started today. Let me see how long I can keep myself motivated!!

I have promised myself to keep my blog interesting and to blog at least twice a week. Wish me all the best and Wait for an interesting blog soon!!