Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-08-27

Stayed the night in Amsterdam

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From: "Bron Gondwana" <brong@brong.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 22:00:39 +1000 (EST)
Another lazy morning, but in the afternoon we went to the Heineken
Museum with Michele. The displays (especially the first few) were rather
lacking in material - it felt like they were trying to use technology to
make up for lack of imagination in presenting the material - still, the
history of the company was interesting, and the process used to make
beer. The free beers (3 during the course of the tour) were good -
especially since I lost my ticket half way through, and they still gave
me beer! At the exit we were handed Heineken glasses to take home with
us, in metal cases - heavy, but quite cool. Those of you on the email
list will have seen our rather silly video-mail sent from inside the
museum! They still have Clydesdale horses pulling the old beer carts,
and the horses are named after the members of the board! Good to see
they have a sense of humour...

Went back to Michele and Bruce's place, and even found a supermarket
that was open and had reasonable length queues. Paul tells us that the
supermarkets in Holland are not particularly good, or cheap, or
accessible - short opening hours and giant queues seems to be the norm.

Kate cooked a very strong risotto (the instructions on the stock were in
Dutch, and she mixed a very strong batch - but it was still edible) and
we sat around chatting again.

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