Hello everybody, I am also a very new member, I got my fairphone since more or less two weeks now… I really would like to take part in this event, even if i cannot stay for the whole week. I guess this won`t be a problem, especially if im gonna search for an accommodation on my own.
I am really glad that I will have the opportunity to get in personal contact with the community, here in spain where I am doing my european voluntary service its not that easy…
So count on me,
Greetings from the very south,
Assuming the weather’s going to be hot enough are there any good places to go open-air swimming in Amsterdam? Not the canals, I presume - that would be like picnicking on the central reservation of the motorway!
Yes, we ‘crazy’ Dutch swim in the Amsterdam canals, a charity swim to raise funds for motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the Netherlands),
In 2012 Queen Maxima joined and completed the 2 km Amsterdam City Swim.
Every September the canal cruise boats and other vessels make way for up to 2,500 brave swimmers (and another 500 kids) as the Amsterdam City Swim returns to the heart of the city.
Canal swim for charity
Held to raise funds for motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the Netherlands), the Amsterdam City Swim sees swimmers raise a minimum sponsorship before diving into the canals to swim its grueling but iconic 2,000-metre course through the city centre.
City Swim route
The swimmers traditionally begin at the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam, braving the waters of the IJ and passing Het Scheepvaartmuseum before heading down the Nieuwe Herengracht. They then take a left up the River Amstel towards Royal Theatre Carré before doubling back and taking another left to the finish on the Keizersgracht (at the crossing with the Reguliersgracht). The main event usually gets underway soon after midday.
As far as I know the only stretch of Britain’s canal network which has been approved for swimming is the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays. This was cleaned up for the triathlon event when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Today this same area is open to the public as a watersports centre. I don’t know whether you would be allowed to take a dip without a wetsuit however.
The Commonwealth Games return to England in 2022, when Birmingham is the host city. Although details of the triathlon venue have not been revealed yet, it’s well known that Birmingham has more kilometres of canals than Venice…
Yes there are loads of Caribbean restaurants in Amsterdam (or any restaurant for that matter) the question is rather which one’s a good fit for you as individual and/or group.
Yes Rotterdam has its + and - and is easily reachable via public transport. Look into it beforehand to get some idea what you wanna do.
Wadden Sea island is a long trip from Amsterdam. If you take train to Den Helder and then the boat to Texel total travel time is between like 2,5 and 4 hrs, and you probly wanna rent transport on there if you wanna go anywhere. You gotta plan that, and it’ll fill your whole day for sure.
There are various (local) museums that touch on this, yes. One example is the Cruquius pumping station (where they also have some exhibits about the history of various techniques of water management).
The more major tourism draw related to water management (not land reclamation per sé) is probably the delta works (with a visitor attraction at Neeltje Jans), but these are a bit tricky to get to (3+ hrs single trip on public transport from Amsterdam).