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Cute Highland Cow Calf – Weekly Hump Day Photo

Weekly Hump Day photo of a super cute Highland Cow calf in the Scottish Highlands.

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This week we couldn’t just put up only one Hump Day photo as this was definitely the cutest Highland Cow calf we have ever seen!

We were recently driving in the Isle of Skye when we spotted this tiny guy. Prepare yourself for a cuteness overload.

He seemed curious as to what we were doing so wanted to take a closer look.

Cute Highland Cow pictures

He than became intent on grabbing his next meal from the spiky fronds on the small pine trees.

Highland Cow pictures

We just missed the shot when his tongue was poking out!

Highland Cow Calf pictures

Finally he got bored with us and the spiky fronds so gave in and snuck off to be by his mummy again.

Highland Cow and calf

We had never seen a baby Highland cow (or “coo” like the locals say) and were glad we had this perfect opportunity. It definitely helps put a smile on our face when we look back at the photos and helps us get over Hump Day.

If you want to get up close with one in Scotland then follow our guide to driving in the Scottish Highlands for the best opportunity.

If you don’t know what Hump Day is then check out this post. Basically each Wednesday we post up a picture of something that we have found helps us imagine NOT being at work and helps us get to the weekend faster. It could be just a relaxing beach, a surfing location, a great snorkelling spot, a destination or in this case a super cute Highland Cow calf!

Does this cute Highland Cow help you get over Hump Day?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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25 Comments

  1. Ayngelina

    April 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    That coo is adorable!

  2. Sophie

    April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    What a little beauty!

  3. Angela

    April 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Omg this is pure gorgeousness!

  4. Laurel

    April 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Got an audible “awww” out of me and put a smile on my face.

  5. EurotripTips

    April 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Oh my God, you just made my day! The CUTEST thing ever! (Don’t tell my cat I said that. I do not trust her while I’m asleep).

  6. Yvonne

    April 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    awwwwwwwwwww!!!! sigh.

  7. Laurence

    April 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Yep.. that is one cute cow 🙂

  8. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    April 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Soooo cute. I could do without the dude with the horns, but the others I’d keep!

  9. Neil

    April 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    The mrs just saw this and now she wants one. Cheers guys 😉

  10. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    April 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    What a ridiculous little furball! Do cows like to be cuddled? Because I’d totally cuddle this baby cow if given half the chance.

  11. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    April 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Woah, I did not think cows or calfs could be cute, but I stand corrected…:)

  12. Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    April 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    The moo-ther cow must be very proud! Wish I’d seen one up this close when I visited Scotland.

  13. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    April 14, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Seriously that’s the cutest animal I’ve ever seen!

  14. AlexBerger

    April 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Absolutely adorable. I think I let out an audible “awww”.

  15. Laura

    April 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    OMG! Another post with cute cows. They are so fluffy! I want one!

  16. Sherry

    April 19, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Cows have always fascinated me. I have lots of cow stuff in my home. But I never thought they could be so cute, too. Wow!

  17. Lesley Peterson

    April 21, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    One of my most vivid memories of Scotland is riding on a train through the highlands, thrilled to spot shaggy cattle and shaggy little horses with their hair blowing in the wind. But Torontonians don’t need to go to Scotland to admire a shaggy “coo” – there are a couple you can get within touching distance (not recommended) in the zoo pens at High Park. The horns, the hair, the lovely coat and massive warm eyes – they are gorgeous (and huge)…

  18. Lisa Theirl

    April 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Lovely coo! I must admit that I didn’t spot a single one on my most rcent visit to Scotland. I did, however, see lots of lovely baby lambs from the train window as I travelled from Edinburgh to London. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Laura @Travelocafe

    April 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    For sure… ohhhhhhh.

  20. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    May 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    So cute! I wonder if his mom would mind if I snuggled him just a bit 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      She seemed pretty placid so I am sure she wouldn’t mind 🙂

  21. Gina

    September 1, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I am on cuteness overload. I don’t know why I never thought before what Highland cows look like as babies. The cutest things ever! Ok, I will stop commenting about the cute baby coos now. 🙂

  22. Yaj

    December 14, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    I First came across these guys during an international assignment in Australia on a visit to Churchill Island! Never ever saw these in America.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 14, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      They are a little bit weird looking with their fringes aye! But very cute 😉

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

Check out these Weed Products for your next travel adventure.

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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here

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Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough.

Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

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Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

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I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

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