Ethiopian Restaurant ‘Eetcafe Ibis’

We had a great time at the Ethiopian Restaurant ‘Eetcafe Ibis’. For starters the café was themed in a  typical Ethiopian way where beer was served in Coconut shells. They had a variety of Beers-coconut, mango, palmnut, banana flavored.

We had samosas for starters which was similar to indian Samosas!

12970336_10154044968144350_1995389273_oMostly flavored I have not tasted in any cuisine. The non vegetarian itemswere similar to the Khasi tribal food of North east India which is boiled with fat.

Deserts were delightful. We were served coconut icecreams in Cocunut shells , lemon icecreams in a lemon and Pineapple icecream in a pineapple.

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The main course costs about 15 euors per person and deserts about 5 euros. The waitress was friendly J

We had a nice time in at Eetcafe Ibis

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New Years Dive

It was my first new year outside India.  I wanted  it to be crazy. We decided to do the ‘New year dive’ –the dutch tradition of jumping into the icy cold waters of the north sea at New year Jan 1 noon. We signed up for it and went to Zandvoort for it. It did not disappoint us :D.  The day was sunny and the beach was refreshing. There was a tent and a bunch of people standing with orange caps. We too went, registered and got the orange caps. There were about thousand people gathered for the event. We were stunned by the magnitude of it.

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I had planned of doing the dive with a bunch of friends and they all arrived. We got ready for the dive-changing into our swimsuits! There were people of all ages- yound kids to old people and also dogs who came for the dive. Half an hr before the dive organizing team cheered us to dance, jump and making us form a Mexican wave. The clock struck and it was time!

People ran like crazy into the waters. Just when I went in I realized I had never exposed myself to such cold waters in my life. It was freezing and I could not feel my legs anymore. We ran back to the sands from the water. It was the case with most of the people. We came back to the starting point and  tried regaining consciousness in our legs. It was crazy.

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Just when we were settling down one of us challenged to go in again. We , out of our minds, ran again into the waters. This time, deep and dancing and jumping inside the waters. That was something to remember.

We came back and got dressed. Unox ,the sponsoring company , provided us with free soup. We returned back to the city searching for a cozy café but alas we could not find any. We finally gave up on our search for café and went into a greek restaurant. Ten of us were there and we socialized for sometime. It was a nice beginning to the new year!

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The Sea bespeckled with ships – The SAIL event Amsterdam

The Dutch have a rich historical tradition of sailing and exploring the sea. SAIL is an event that takes place once in five years in Amsterdam to honour this tradition. Thousands of ships sail into the Ij (Pronounced as Eye) Lake and this attracts a million tourist due to its magnificent scale and sheer beauty.The first Sail Amsterdam event took place in 1975, on the occasion of the 700 anniversary of the city and they continued this every five years. An eventful trip it turned out to be in Amsterdam when I got to witness the SAIL event from ashore.

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One of the things that surprised me about this city is the love people having towards cruising and riding boats. Especially the warm summer,mild and sunny weather  made it compelling for people to get on their boats or get out of house to watch the boats.

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I got to see an Indian boat. It was queer joy to see the indian flag ! 😀

There was a Live DJ show  and sheds where beers were sold. We were chilling out at the IJ lake by the Eye museum till night.

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It was a delight seeing ships cross by like this in the middle of the city 😀

SAIL event is one that is not be missed!