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After I packed my stuff, we went back to Amsterdam in the red light district for dim sum. Although it was day time, I managed to see some ladies in the windows for hourly rent… Believe me you don’t want to rent them, even if they are on sale. When we finally arrived to Oriental City, I had a feeling of déjà vu. It reminded me of Royal Garden in London. You cannot book a table, when you arrive you have to put your name down, it was packed but luckily after 10 minutes we got a table. The menu is huge, and as usual our eyes were bigger than our stomach, so we ordered a lot. I think we could have fed a whole village. It was delicious and really not expensive… I think the perfect spot for Sunday lunch with friends. Don’t hope to meet someone there, beside few lost people who were there for a date (they seriously need to get a life), it was mainly group of people composed of families, or/and friends.
Whenever I go to London, I end up eating at Italian restaurants, and in Amsterdam it seems that I ended up eating at Asian restaurants… but when during lunch my friends told me that I should put Amsterdam as one of the cities in “Nat & The City”, I quite liked the idea. I only had a glimpse of it and I really want to discover more. I guess next time I will try to do some sightseeing. I want to discover the museums of Van Gogh and Rembrandt… but I also want to wonder in the Red Light District ;)
When I finally arrived at my dear Schiphol airport, I was full and tipsy and had to run to not miss my flight. I guess after these three days in the Netherlands, I am going to need a week of detox, to clean my body… and be ready for my next trip next week in Milano…

Queen’s Day (in Dutch: Koninginnedag) in Amsterdam is a unique night and day carnival-like event on 30th of April each year. On this day the Dutch celebrate the birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands. Although it’s original the birthday of Queen Juliana (the mother of Queen Beatrix), not of Queen Beatrix, they celebrate her birthday on 30 April. Queen Beatrix birthday is really on the 31th January, but the winter isn’t the time to party outside. Because of this Queen Beatrix officially celebrates her birthday on 30 April, so people can party with (hopefully) better weather! What is special about the Queen’s Day, well simply there is a huge party across the whole city, and it is combined with the market in the streets.
So off course when my friends asked me if I were interested to join them, I right away booked my flights. My flight was soo early that I had to wake up at 4.30 am to go to my second home, Geneva airport. After an hour and 30 minutes of flight, I arrived to Schiphol airport. Schiphol, Amsterdam airport, is so big that I had to walk 20 minutes before getting my luggage… but let’s be positive, it means that I had my mini morning workout so I can eat and drink freely ;)
The plan was to celebrate the Queensday on a boat that will cruise the canal while we drink, dance and have fun. At noon we were at the lobby of the hotel with our first drinks waiting for the boat.
No need to say that it was a blast; we had 2 dj’s and 30 something people, and most importantly lots of liquids. I don’t remember if I ate something, actually there are some parts of the day that I blanked out… but I remember the gifts that were thrown to us at the “Red Light District”. They were pink and big!!!! I also remember lots of people dressed up in orange, lots of vodka and very friendly people; I might say one or two extremely friendly… I guess The Netherlands has a different way to welcome visitors…
Our little party lasted only 9 hours… Our boat survived the journey but I heard some didn’t and few boats sank… It was a really fun experience but believe me once a year is enough… I guess tomorrow I will suffer…