Well.. osnabruck was again a transit destination for my to be solo euro trip, I had to meet my brother, who had to guide me, how to go about the solo trip.But, here comes the adventure of the night! he forgot to pick me up.. he kept sleeping.The first night of my euro stay was scary..I dint know where to go ..what to do.. my phone had no internet..so I visited a mc d at middle of the night. I sat there for almost an hour , calling my brother, his gf, his friends in Germany, if they had any info about him. Finally he woke up and made his way to pick me up.The night did not end there, we had to sneak in into a hostel in his city coz he did not have a place to stay.We moved out from the hostel early in the morning, to his college, where we could sit and plan my next move, but this was just the beginning of the new way I was about to explore the beautiful osnabruck town.It's a small town with beautiful architectural buildings and clean roads, fresh air.My day went unexcited as I spent my day in a library , as how to go abt the trip. But I admired the small city, everything was beautiful. I had my bus to Amsterdam in evening, which got late by an hour , wasn't exciting either. The good part about the euro buses is, they have free Wi-Fi, a washroom and soo comfortable seats tht u feel like u are in a flight. I almost reached Amsterdam at 9 pm and it was still daylight, Well.. thts quite surprising coz for us sun sets at 7 .. so anyways, the air of the city intended was so new and so party type.I made my way to my hostel..thanks to the internet .. nd free Wi-Fi available.. I reached my youth hostel in time.. I freshened up and took my chance to move out in an unknown city, unknown country, all by myself! Travel cost - 8 -12 euro by bus, 4 euro. MetroFood- 5 euroVisiting place - free :).. More coming up
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I have always been in awe of wooden windmills, from the first time I, as a child, attempted to paint a Dutch country side with a windmills-dotted skyline to the time when I visited a windmill-turned-brewery (Browerij’t IJ) in Amsterdam on my student trip in 2011. My short time in Amsterdam had not given me the scope to visit any other windmills around the area and my awe persisted. In my recent Euro-trip, I decided to get a closure on my infatuation and visit the Dutch countryside teeming with these imposing wooden structures. The visit turned out to be much more than windmills and alas, my love for the Dutch countryside continues…In Netherlands, there are two very popular neighborhoods which have been protected and preserved to display the Dutch way of living and trades and crafts from rural Netherlands. One is Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other is Zaanse Schans (near Amsterdam). We decided on Zaanse Schans because it was easier for us travel-wise. We took a bus from Stuttgart to Amsterdam and then bought an Amsterdam & Region Travel Pass, which covers a lot of neighborhoods around Amsterdam including the famous Keukenhof tulip gardens and Zaanse Schans. Zaanse Schans is a short 45 mins trip from Amsterdam Central by bus.We had booked an Airbnb accommodation in Zaandijk, very close to the site of Zaanse Schaans. After freshening up, we took our bicycles and made our way to the site. It was very windy and our hair was windswept. As we neared the place, a strong odour accosted us. We were to find out later that it was the emissions from the chocolate and starch factories in the region.We had a preconceived picture of a few windmills and wooden houses that we would get to see at the site. But the scene that welcomed us transported us immediately to the industrial age in Netherlands. It is like an open-air museum with bakery, cheese factory, clog-making warehouse and wooden houses with barns and working-windmills on the banks of river Zaan that flows in the area. It indeed looked like a painting.
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On the way back to Rotterdam, everyone slept in the car but I was awake. I was awake because I had a lot to be grateful for today. I realized that the things you want dearly may be are denied to you only temporarily, may be they come back to you in a way that proves to be much better than it would have been earlier and that ultimately no one except God can deny you the happiness you want for yourself.
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