Amsterdam-Bayona

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    Amsterdam

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      • Amsterdam

    I paid 115 euros to stay here for 11 days, which isn't all bad if you think of the location, 5 minutes away from Amsterdam central station. But then again it is not the best facilitated haven I've met so far.

    I went to the Framfab office on Friday and borrowed a network connection. Rob helped me find a guy who could fix some of the last things on the boat. Still need to find a boat shop in Amsterdam before Malthe and Jacob arrives.

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    Wednesday already?

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      • Amsterdam

    Time flies - I'm having a blast. Really feels like I'm living in Amsterdam. I more or less know the city by now. I've been walking and rollerskating through most of it a few times by now. Many thanks go out to my lovely and somewhat likeminded guide, Saskia. I look forward to the rest of my stay here but also look forward to be moving on.

    With a bit of doubt still in my mind I've had to accept that you just cannot have your boat fixed in central Amsterdam. There is neither boatshops nor boat builders. I've made arrangements with 2 guys in Zaandam who are now preparing some things for my arrival on Monday.

    Life is great, sun is shining, smile on the face and all good vibrations all over.

  • Leaving Amsterdam

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      • Amsterdam

    Somewhat heavy at heart. I really got used to the big city faster than I expected and Saskia really made me feel at home. Well I was at home, I'll be at home wherever I go, I'm bringing my castle with me.

    Jacob and Malthe arrived yesterday ... a little bit too early in the morning but it's nice to get the new crew aboard. We went to town for dinner and just enjoyed our last day here.

    The weather is very nice and tomorrow is forecast to be even better. I just sent off the papers to FTLF, the Danish long tour sailing org, who will now make all the appropriate certificates - all the ones you apparently need to avoid getting your boat possessed by local authorities. Hopefully we'll get the certificates before we actually need them.

    We're heading fro Zaandam, Klaus Mulder and his boat shop.

  • Found Zaandam

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      • Zaandam

    Found what we were looking for and finally got docked. I think we must have hit the bottom at least 10 times in the attempts. The quay at his boat shop is meant for motor ships not sailboats but we made it. Now it's just waiting for the boat shop to open in the morning.

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    Handyman work day

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      • Zaandam

    Woke up at nine and knew we had a long day of handyman work ahead. The guy who should make the fixation pole for the windmill came around 12.30 and we thought it would take him at least 1 day. But even before we had finished our own work at the boat the guy stood there with a perfect fixation pole. After some acrobatic attempts we succeeded in putting up the entire windmill. The clock was now 20.00.

    Malthe made us homemade burgers on the grill and after a "little" while the three of us sat at a picnic in an industrial ground with the best burgers we ever had. Proud of ourselves we enjoyed the excellent meal. For dessert we all got "rubber-legs". I wonder why!!

    Tomorrow we are heading for the big ocean. Nice!

    Jacob