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Colorful Building in Amsterdam

Colorful Building in Amsterdam

I don’t know what is inside this awesome building that I randomly saw in Amsterdam, but it I just love how it looks 🙂

Weekend in Utrecht

Last weekend was a rather social one for Rob and me. Friday we had dinner with Rob’s family before playing boardgame with his sister Charlotte and some friends. Saturday Rob and I both got a haircut, because this month I finally got a paycheck too, meaning we have a bit more money to spend 🙂

As it was a beautiful day, Rob and I decided to drive to the Goois nature reserve. This small park is absolutely beautiful, and they even have a really good restaurant where we had lunch. After walking around for a while we ran into this guy:

Now that’s a pretty basass version of a cow, hehe.

In the evening we headed to Utrecht and played some pool, before we met up with Rob’s friends and went to the movies. “Ted” turned out to be rather funny actually, and it is definitely worth seeing. Sunday was rather calm, and I spent it watching shows and studying for a test I took today at work. It is rather sad that the weekend is over, but then again without the work week, weekends would just be random days 🙂

Gaypride Amsterdam

Last weekend my brother Ludvig came to visist, so we obviously wanted to show him Amsterdam. As it happened, we actually somehow ended up going the same day as the boat parade of the Amsterdam Gaypride, and I got to say it was pretty impressive. While Norway has become really good in terms of gay rights, I think the Netherlands still is just a few steps ahead. In Amsterdam, not only gay people join the gaypride – it has become a party for everybody, and it is all about being proud of who you are. Everyone was out in the streets celebrating, from the most obvious gays to whole families joining the festivities with their children. We ran into the actual parade several times while sightseeing and saw quite a few boats.

What actually impressed me the most was seeing the church of Amsterdam though, there was a huge gaypride banner hanging from the clock tower. That was the last place I expected to see it, and it really took me by surprise.

While I am straight myself and I only went to Amsterdam gaypride by chance, I have to say I was really impressed with how far this country have come in accepting gays and their rights – brilliant! 🙂

Kastel de Haar

Close to Rob’s hometown there is a really awesome castle called Kastel de Haar. My parents and sister were visiting us last weekend so we decided to take them there.  As you can see in the picture, the castle is really beautiful, complete with its own chapel, located in a large park. The inside of the castle is really nice too, and can be seen by joining a guided tour. They offer listening devices to non-dutch tourists 🙂 This really is one of my favorite castles, not sure if it’s the size, the park, the red and white or simply the fairytale towers, or perhaps the combination but I just love it.

 

Muiderslot

Rob and I live about 15 minutes by car from this beautiful castle called Muiderslot – so of course we had to have a closer look. As it was saturday, they did a free falcon show. The show was really just one bird, but the falconeer still put up a good show, the bird was pretty cool and the kids seemed to love it.

Our ticket to the castle also included a guided tour of the inside. The tour was in Dutch, but they provided handouts in English, French and German with the same information on them so that was alright. I liked the inside of the castle as well, but personally I always get more impressed by the outside of buildings like this 🙂 Muiderslot sure is worth a visit if you find yourself close to Amsterdam/Almere and have the time.