Woke up to a pretty shitty day and it was raining, not good news seeings I had to walk to the hotel I had booked for my last night here. Fortunately it stopped as I checked out and the walk to the hotel was pretty short. The lady at the hotel was really nice, I think there's only about 6-7 rooms so they actually speak to you like a normal person...not another customer. She directed me to the Reijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum as they were the best 'rainy day' options. Not too much to report from these two, Dutch history and painting aren't really my thing but it kept me busy for a few hours. The real highlight was splashing out on a good Bento box in a Japanese restaurant with Italian wine for lunch. I did make a point of passing the Paradiso which was the venue for the gig tonight, a big old church which was converted to a music venue in the 60s. A lot of big bands play here for 'intimate' shows or live DVD filming, so I was looking forward to it.
More wandering through the shopping district and canals before it started raining again about 5-10mins away from the hotel. I didn't even take the camera out of the bag today, the light was crap and I couldn't be bothered.
I just spent the afternoon lying on my king size bed and using the wifi with some of my own space and silence. I spent a fair bit of money on the room, but it's my last night in Europe and the bed is about 4-5 hostel beds in size...definitely worth it. Also not having to think about where all my things are and whether anyone will get into the room or not is nice too.
Before I knew it I was walking back to the Paradiso, and I couldn't have got there quick enough. Had a quick dinner before going into the paradiso and getting some beers and waiting about 20 mins before Deftones came on. They use recyclable beer cups here and people with kegs on their back walk through the crowd selling beer...these people have it worked out. But still, like in all of Europe everyone was nice and friendly and noone was obviously drunk or rowdy. The venue is good, a floor space with 2 tiers of balconies above going all the way around 3 sides of the room. Deftones were great, 2 hours of non-stop music and they actually looked like they were enjoying themselves a lot, more than the last two times I saw them. Maybe it's because the singer Chino dropped about 15kgs. A particularly nice moment was from Chino 'I can see people from all over the world here tonight, hello world!'. Maybe he knew something I didn't...they were all Dutch as far as I could tell! Looking forward to seeing them again in London in two nights time.