April 27th, 2003


jet lag?

Well, we tried to go to sleep. We spent a couple of hours tossing and turning, talking for a bit, then tossing a turning some more. Finally fanlain convinced me to go for a walk. It was nice, we got to wander through empty streets, watch it getting light. We made it to the outskirts of Centrum before deciding to head back. Finally got in around 7, and finally fell asleep at what must have been 8am or so. I finally forced myself to get up at 1, since otherwise I would never shift onto a reasonable schedule.

We had a late lunch at a yummy bagel place near Waterlooplein; then we headed over to the NEMO tech museum. It was sort of like the exploratorium, though it felt like it was more full of kids... perhaps because it was a Saturday. It did have a few cool exhibits, including this whirlpool-forming one which you could spin in different directions to form different trippy ripple patterns.

They kicked us out at 5, and we wandered over through the rain to a cafe which Paul claimed had good atmosphere and rude service, but turned out that the latter was just in his head; our waitress was perfectly nice. We had some hot drinks and discovered why slagroom is an important word in any travellers vocabulary.
By the time we left, the rain had stopped, and we actually saw a bit of sun (at 8pm! -- great to be on the 50th parallel) on our way to the Indian place where we had dinner. Dinner had typical Dutch service, where every step takes about half an hour. All told, we spent about three hours there before we were finished, but it was a fun three hours. I guess there's a point to this concept of eating out as a lengthy social event, rather than a quick way to obtain sustenance.

A few people who were able to sleep last night wander off to the Rijksmuseum already. Time to wake up fanlain and make a plan for the rest of the day...
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