AMSTERDAM – what a great place

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Patrick & Janine van der Plaat
My friends, Patrick & Janine, who live there

Although the seat of Netherlands government is in The Hague, Amsterdam is the nominal capital. It is also the country’s largest city, with a population of more than 750,000 and the most visited, with over 3.5 million foreign visitors a year.

The Netherlands is in Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. To its north and west is the North Sea. Although the Netherlands is the country’s official name, people often call it Holland. The provinces of North Holland and South Holland form only part of the Netherlands.

Climate
The warmest weather is from June to August, with temperatures between 21 – 26 degrees Celsius. There are rarely extreme temperatures. The air is relatively humid and fog is common in autumn and spring. There are stronger winds from October to March. Click for the weather.

Currency
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€, EUR). Cash, Credit Cards and ATMs are commonly used. All major international cards are recognised, and you will find that most hotels, restaurants and major stores accept them. Shops often levy a 5% surcharge (or more) on credit cards to offset the commissions charged by card providers. To withdraw money at a bank counter instead of from an ATM, go to a GWK branch. You’ll need to show your passport.
Automated teller machines can be found outside most banks and at airports and most train stations. Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard/Eurocard are widely accepted, as well as cash cards that access the Cirrus network. Be aware that, if you’re limited to a maximum withdrawal per day, the ‘day’ will coincide with that in your home country. Also note that using an ATM can be the cheapest way to exchange your money from home – but check with your home bank for service charges before you leave.

Exchange Rate
£1 = 1.32
$1 = 0.91

Hours of Business
Shops:
Mon-Fri 8:30/9:00 am – 5:30/6:00 pm, Sat 8:30/9:00 – 4:00/5:00 pm. Most cities have late-night shopping on Thursdays or Fridays. In holiday and tourist resorts many shops are open at night and on Sundays.

Banks
Mon-Fri 9:00am – 4:00/5:00pm; sometimes also on late night shopping nights and on Saturdays.

Language
Dutch is the national language of the Netherlands. However, English is spoken by almost everyone. In addition, many Dutch people speak German and French.

Things to Do

Why not experience Amsterdam by taking a look at the top attractions:

Anne Frank House

Rijksmuseum

Van Gogh Museum

Hermitage Amsterdam

The Heineken Experience

Canals of Amsterdam

Artis Zoo

The Jordaan

Vondel Park

*Information from LPWA 2016 website – http://www.iotnetworksevent.com/welcome

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Amazon – Things to Do in Manaus

setsunI have traveled to Manaus on business many times. You may have read about some of that experience at OhmyNews International where many of my articles were first published. Many people I meet in Manaus complain about the hot weather — really hot actually — and that they are tired of the hotel, etc.

My first questions to them are:

1) When do you generally go back? (to Rio/to Sao Paulo/to U.S.)
2) What about your friends here? Have made friends in Manaus?

Most of the time these travelers go home on Friday and they do not make friends in Manaus. Well, this way it is hard, very hard! First of all, don’t go home Friday evening or afternoon. Give Manaus a chance; stay one weekend or go only on Sunday afternoon.

Second, my advice is for you to try to make friends of the locals. Manauaras are very friendly. Go for it and you will see. If this is not possible there are many other lonely traveling people just like you in your hotel. I met many such people at the Adrianopolis where I usually stay.

See, during the week you may get to know the other lonely boys and girls. They are at the restaurant in the morning for breakfast, in the swimming pool in the late afternoon. Ask them where they are from, how often they come to Manaus, what they do. People tend to respond well when you want to know about them and show real respectful interest. It does work. I have gotten to know all these people at the hotel.

planeGoing around by taxi is expensive in Manaus. In a group of three or four costs will come down — as they say, “it always cheaper by the dozen.”

The willingness is there? You are ready to go, right? You got new friends, or at least friends to share expenses and good a time? Right! Where do you go now?

Let me give some suggestions. If all you’ve got is one day my bet would be a floating restaurant at the Rio Negro (Black River) You know that as citizen journalist I should tell you my own experience instead of playing the tourist agent. Let’s see.

I was at the hotel as usual by myself for two weeks, Tuesday I met Nina and two days later we both met Marcia at the swimming pool of the hotel. Both were there for work and alone in Manaus. We talked and shared experiences. With the weekend arriving and the possibility of becoming boring couch potatoes on Saturday and Sunday frightened the three of us. My friend Michel Rondini was there also, so I introduced my new friends to him, the same way I had introduced Nina to Marcia.

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Friday night was jazz night in Manaus. Yes, the theater, known worldwide as the Amazon Theater, is a historic place everyone visiting the city must go. On Friday nights that is just the hangout place. There are many nice places to eat and there is always an outdoor show for you to enjoy. This time Michel had other plans, so I went with the girls. Check the picture on the left and the two above; they’ll tell you more than words can.

Well, Friday was done. A nice idea is to go Saturday afternoon and visit the historic Manaus Theater — its a great move — forget the TV.

We decided to be more energetic and go to one of the floating restaurants. Michel came along this time. First we went downtown — an interesting place in itself — for a view of the harbor. Check it out in the following pictures and comments:

There are many floating restaurants around. We chose one and early on Saturday went off to try it. From the harbor you may get a small speedboat; it is a 20 to 30 minute trip by river. What you get there? Check it out:

While in the flouting restaurant we met two other people. One couple, Ms Eunice and her husband Mr Hercules, took us to a boat trip and a group led by Ms Viviane Yamashita, who invited us to dinner next Thursday. Yamashita offered her own house. Manauaras (people from Manaus) are very open and nice people. They like to make friends with outsiders like foreigners and people from other states like myself and Marcia. Both things were fantastic.

So as you can see there are lots to do in Manaus. Now its up to you. I want to read your trip story to anywhere in the world. Make it nice, OK?

Oh, by the way, if you want something more adventurous, click here.

Have fun and take care!

One last shot an amazing Sunset from the floating restaurant.

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my Herbalife diet plan

It was like that, I was fast growing big: sweat, fatigue, pain in the legs… rewards of the 219.6 lbs I reached. “Oh, what will I do?!” I thought. Most my life I weight 176 lbs which was fine for me, copeing with the sudden extra 43,6 lbs was difficult.

I know this is not that much, but get a bag put 43,6 lbs of rocks in it and keep it on your shoulders for a whole day and you will quickly understand my feeling and sensations.

That does not belong to me! 🙂

My dear baby sister came to my help with the strange idea, something about drinking shakes, that that would help me out. She introduce me to Herbalife products. I am skeptical in general so I went on and read all I could about both the product and the CO.

I know all the pros and cons of the Herbalife business and products. I mean, I know what people are saying on the web. I heard the fans and the foes of Herbalife. Finally, I decided to try, not though before I read all I could about nutrition and diets in general too.

I came to the conclusion that it was not that much what I was eating that was making me grow fat, but what I was not eating and the bad habits. Brazilians, in general, have very poor breakfast habits. Sometimes we don´t even have it at all.

Time to change.

As everybody in this world I have to rush throw the days and fight to make a living. This meant, just a while ago, that many times my first meal would be lunch. Very bad, long hours without food. This was the problem. “You should not stay more then 3 hours without food during the day”, all diets said that.

With age our metabolism changes, it slows down. This also is written all over. This means you need less food. But it does not mean you need less minerals, vitamins and proteins. How can you manege all this factors? My solution was Herbalife shake once a day and tablets as recommended.

Life changes

Modern life, modern way of nourishing yourself. That is simply the point. The rest is math. How can one consume all the necessary vitamins, minerals, fibers, proteins and still keep it at a low fat rate? Or better, in my case, how can I have the perfect breakfast and still not get even bigger?

23 vitamins and minerals, fiber and Portein - easy to prepar.
23 vitamins and minerals, fibers and Portein – easy to prepar.

The math, the regular breakfast we eat may have from 600 to 1000 calories and yet it maybe be very poor in terms of nourishing. The Shake has 210 to 300 calories, but 23 vitamins, mineral and protein, etc etc… So,yes, I can feed myself very well in the morning and not grow fat. It worked and is still working, every morning two teas and one shake.

But the effect is bigger then that. I started to loose weight, little by little as I expected. But remember, I read the fans and the foes. So I knew that many people got fat again very quickly after a Herbalife and many other diets. Sometimes worse than prior to the diet. So I went slow, slow is better, I had time to change habits also.

It worked, math is always right. Good nourishment every morning, colorful eating at lunch and light food at night – all intercalated with smaller meals like protein bars, fruits or even  small shake shots sometimes – granted me the body condition I wanted. As my grandpa used to say the coils are the same for 220 or 170 lbs.

I feel great. Still I want to get from the 206.4 lbs I am now to 198 lbs which will be perfect for my built and age. It will take time, slowly is the best, I sure will get there. I am thankful to my sister, to Herbalife and to the people who took time to write on the subject.

By the way I decided to join Herbalife as an Independent Distributor. Making money out of getting thin is also of great help. 🙂

Should you be interested in Herbalife products and/or business – let me know.

In 88 countries, Herbalife is an international business.
In 88 countries, Herbalife is an international business.

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Are you travelling to Brazil?
What water are you going to drink?
Here is an article you must read:
http://h2obrasil.com/2013/07/15/water-trip-brazil/

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Música boa, músicos bons, eu sirvo

Tem gente, acredite, que acha que um bom vendedor é aquele cara capaz de vender areia para beduíno, engano. Quem vende gelo para esquimó, areia para beduíno, é salafrário! Bem diferente.

Vendedor de verdade é uma pessoa que gosta de servir, gosta de gente, gosta de falar e compartilhar coisas boas. Está sempre servindo, de vez em quando tem custo, só isso.
Bom eu gosto de servir, para servir bem tenho que provar, se gosto do que degusto, então posso vender – servir.
Aqui agora um serviço musical, sirvo amigos. Se gostar… me liga, me escreve, que os entrego para seu entretenimento, festa, festival, etc, ok?

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