I feel like I have been on the train all day but that has not been the case at all. I arrived in Amsterdam this evening after only 3 1/2 hours of train rides. Its chilly here, but calm, there is no wind, so it feels much more bearable. There is so much water!! I haven't had a chance to see most of the city yet. I've only been here for about 2 hours. I walked to my hostel from the train station and that's about it. What I have seen, looks like fun though!! I've already seen my fair share of crazies; some people dressed in all pleather, lots of pink hair and LOTS of scandalous outfits as well. Holes in everything; shirts, pants, eyebrows, noses, hats... It's interesting.
I finally met some people though. I met two guys on the train from the States. One of them is here teaching English in France and the other is visiting for the holidays. They have 2 more friends that are on their way here. I have to admit, talking with them on the train was such a relief. It was also nice to have two strapping young gentlemen to walk me to my hostel when we got off the train. I'm not sure if I could do this city at night by myself, it's a little out of this world.
The hostel I'm staying at is an interesting change; especially in this city. It's a Christian hostel that comes fully loaded with a Jesus welcome packet, split gender dorm rooms, a strict no alcohol policy and a 2 AM curfew. It will probably do me well to have a curfew; I have no business staying out late and sleeping in late here - Lord knows I'm incapable of doing one without the other. Considering, I'm still sick, it's probably a good idea for me to get some sleep anyways.
I'm eavesdropping again. There are three French girls sitting at the table right next to me that are playing dominos and an old man just walked in and set down with them. He is now telling them how he is homeless and lives on the street.s. The look on their faces is priceless. How to get out of that awkward situation when he has sat down at their table - and I wonder what a homeless guy is doing in here.
Better go, I need to go get some food, if nothing else.