We had been relaxing since Monday, but still going out daily to Centrum and back. No major goals in mind. Slightly bored.We'd become annoyed with the cold and rain and drabness. Saturday, Matt was trawling with the internet, looking for things to do:
At the RAI, the Amsterdam RAI, it's a convention hall, south past the big ring road, down here, not that much further than our usual. [pause]
There's an outdoor and travel show. It's a show about outdoor stuff and travelling around doing outdoor stuff. [pause]
It's got a bunch of hiking and cycling stuff. Do you want to go? [pause]
It's tomorrow. [pause]
So Sunday morning came, as did the rain. We'd figured out a bus route that led us almost to the front door of the RAI. The day before, Matt had learnt that his water-resistant jacket was no longer water-resistant in any way, so the closer to the front the better. We still had to wander across a large open pavilion before getting to the ticket desk, so Matt got a bit damp. We should be used to it by now; Amsterdam is not known for being a sunny corner of the Earth.
As soon as the tickets were bought, and we had entered, I pulled out the DSLR to take a few pictures. Where else is better to photograph bikes than at a convention, where they shine with cleanliness, unused. It was quickly pointed out to me that the screen said "No Memory Card Installed". I was stuck using the iPhone camera for the day.
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Hall 11 proved to be more touristique than the other two. Instead of aiming at the outdoor crowd, it seemed to be more for bus tour groups. We went through it quickly, and ended back up in the first hall. We did a quick go-around of everything again, ran outside in the rain to the bus shelter to wait for the first public transport to come our way. Back home. Tired and happy.