So on Thursday night after I finally finished packing I tried to lay in bed but couldn't sleep with such anticipation for the trip ahead of me that my friends had prepared.
We all met up at 3:30 am in a parking lot to catch the mini bus.
Where I still had yet found out.
But before I was allowed to look in mine Louise and Emma handed me something but said not to look at the back of it. (It had a picture of where we were going)
It read as followed :
It's time to say goodbye to the past,
Its time for you to get married at last.
Men have come in and out of your life
Now its time for you to become a wife.
Tanja, you've been such a good friend,
Enjoy yourself this is your weekend.
We have all tried so hard to keep this trip a surprise,
and everyone knows we are no good at lies.
I know this trip will be one big game.
But let's remember us british girls have no shame.
Your one of us now and this makes us so happy.
Even if sometimes we seem a bit snappy.
I can't believe you're soon to be wed.
On this hen do you'll have a laugh with friends,
who are all more than happy to be your hens.
So I'm going to bring this poem to an end,
But I just wanted to say my friend.
How much you mean to all of us,
This trip will give us such a buzz.
Lots of love
All the gang
Ofcourse I was an EMOTIONAL wreck after about the first paragraph as I couldn't believe these girls had done this for me.
Also in the goody bags were
a shot glass
a bag of happiness which had an eraser so your mistakes disappear a coin so you can never say 'Im broke' a marble in case someone says you've lost yours, a rubber band to stretch yourself beyond limits a piece of string to tie things together when they fall apart and a kiss to remind you that someone loves you.
How grateful we are that you could attend this special holiday.
This hen do is for all the girls to share
To let Tanja know how much we care.
This trip is sure to be messy but lets get our priorities right,
The days are sure to be fun but they ain't got shit on the night.
From Germany to America to sunny Rainhill,
Shes jumped across the pond on her friggin bill.
Since arrive here she fitted in so well,
She's not been here for long at all not that you can tell.
From this time last year things have changed a lot,
The times we've shared will never be forgot.
THrough good and bad times we've all stayed so strong
with us all being so close we will never go wrong.
Enjoy it Tanja it's just for you and after this you'll say I do.
Then you'll be David's wifef.
And that will be the end of your single girl life.
But don't be jealous we wont let you down,
We will continue to paint the town.
So Tanja I hope that you're up to this
A full weekend spent out on the piss!
Which ofcourse was nothing short of the emotional wreck of the first poem.
Also Vicky M made everyone a ring with their initial out of scrabble pieces and in addition she made me a ring with the button I tied her invite together with. I plan on wearing it on the wedding day :)
So the journey began.....
We got to the airport all checked in had a little breakfast and headed out on a jet plane.
We arrived in sunny Amsterdam which Adam thought was an island.
Somehow found our train and headed into Amsterdam Central.
We then got off the train and onto a tram.
Day 110 Of 365:
When we got ON the tram we knew we had 7 stops.
You would think out of 14 of us one of us would have counted correctly.
After we felt we had gone to far we decided to ask the tram driver where we were on the map.
Ofcourse we had gone to far, things had gone WAY to smooth for something not to go wwrong.
So we got off at the next stop walked with our suitcases and got on another tram which we were told to take 3 stops. So after three stops we got off. Were we near our hotel? Ofcourse not.
So we asked someone and we walked in the direction they told us. Someone felt like we were walking to far so asked someone else they told us the opposite direction so we walked THAT way. We asked a store clerk just to see if we were headed in the right direction. I'm sure your seeing where this is going. WRONG WAY. Sooooo here we are 14 of us hand luggage and every other person has a suitcase trying to find our hotel. We don't look like tourists in the slightest.
In the end we finally found our hotel and have some banging biceps to show from it.
After we checked into our hotel and freshened up we decided to take a wander around, and finally get some grub in our tummies.
We also didn't realize that the little path by the sidewalk is not just a little side road it is the bike lane.
And BELIEVE they will run you over if you dont move.
I'm surprised not one of us either got squashed by the tram or malled by a bike, because we would forget and one would wiz by scaring the life out of us.
I was quite obsessed with all the bikes tied up everywhere. Some bikes looked like they havent seen their owner since bikes were invented.
Everywhere you go you cross over these lovely little canals. Some are a bit more quiet than others. Some have large barges like yesterdays picture and some just had little foot boats. It was seriously the most gorgeous city I have ever been to. I havent been to all that many but for now it's definately top prettiest.
After our lunch and wander round we headed back to the hotel for a little siesta; I think I speak for all of us, it was much needed.
We stayed in a little quirky quaint hotel that had a cute little bar; which is where we began our night.
The bar tender gave us a few complimentary shots seeing as it was a celebration. We later realized these free shots that everyone hands out in the Dam are hardly shots. They are like juice and really dont contain much alcohol so although we thought it was going to be a crazy night, we had no hang overs the next day.
We did get 2 free bottles of champagne at a night club that we went to which was pretty spiffy.
We woke up the next day and headed into the heart of Amsterdam for breakfast.
We then decided to go to the Sex Museum.
This is about the only innocent picture I have from there.
We all have pretty foul minds and this museum went down as a treat. I will admit though there were even some rooms that made some of us cringe and we couldn't even handle. Some of us were also immature and couldn't help but laugh.
We then headed to the Vodka Museum were we learned how Vodka originated and yada yada. Then we got a free shot. Nothing like a shot at 2 in the afternoon.
Sex on the beach was the one with the least alcohol so us Soon to be Mrs. Adens chose the pansy one.
After our naps of the day and dinner time, we headed to the Ice Bar.
Which I've always wanted to go to one!! We had 20% off coupons from our hotel, which included a 4d ice show, and two free cocktails in the bar. It was like so many degrees below 0 and we got these big white puffy coats, 4d glasses and gloves to keep warm.
Emma, Vicky M and I.
After that we didnt completely have a plan but just headed into the part with the bars and clubs and played it by ear. We found a place with some promotion of wine and beer and decided to park it there.
It was quite empty so it was good for accomodating all of our crazy dancing selves!
Everyone pitched in and bought a round of real shots and funnily enough after we took it there was one left over. Guess who it was for.
This picture pretty much somes up 2 euro wine and the jager shots.
I know I know cliche drunk pictures... but it was a HEN weekend so what did you expect? :)
And Plus I had this lovely tag to carry around.
Day 111 of 365:
Isn't it just so peaceful and quiet looking? It's amazing how it's a pretty big city but you don't feel rushed, overwhelmed or that it's to noisey. Everywhere you looked it was beautiful. I just had this image in my head that with legal "coffee shops" and the red light district it would just be filled with quite scatty people. It was so far from it. The was no one fashion and alot of the people were quite quirky and unique. I loved seeing people in suits but on their bikes. Women with funky glasses and bread in their basket, manly men with their children in a big wooden crate in the front of their bike and elegant ladies and their pooch.
It's fabulous. You have such a sense of peace and calm when walking in the city. Even if all you did was walk it would be worth it, the fresh breeze against your face, the quiet calm and the whisper of the bike as it goes past.
I also think although its vandalization, graffiti gives certain objects a sense of character.
The next morning was a very rough wake up call.
I woke up in the clothes I went out in and massive puff bags under my eyes.
Oh what a messy night.
Here is Emma getting a head count and making sure everyone is together :)
We decided to head into town and go to the Anne Frank house and just have a peaceful quiet day.
Couldnt take pictures inside so I got one before we went in. Omg the Anne Frank house was unreal. Ironically enough we went on the day of Anne Frank's birthday.
The house is still for the most part the same as it was when her family was there in hiding.
The wall clippings that she had glued on the wall were still there enclosed in glass casing. Original diaries and short stories were on show. There was video footage that just made you sick to your stomach of concentration camps and interviews of Anne's friend. It was heart breaking and such a shock. You know it happened but it just makes it that much more real when you see how dark of living space they lived in and the quotes on the walls out of her diary.
I liked a quote by her father Otto Frank; "To build a future, you have to know the past." I think that applies to anything in life and has such deep meaning.
After the Anne Frank house we just went wandering around and here are some things that I saw along the way.
You know me ... sucker for street music. Once again the man with this big cello like thing had these eyes I knew would just be so kind to my lens.