We called the landlords and let them know that we would be calling the plumber who had come out the last time we had a problem. We called Frank of Frank Hendrikse Onderhoudsbedrijf. Frank advised us that he would be at the house in about an hour. Frank arrived around 2030hrs. and discovered a leak in the pipes in the guest room closet.
He brought all of his tools in and got to work on it right away. We helped him drain the system from the kitchen while he repaired the pipes. While he was here our landlord Hans came by to see if everything was under control...which was very nice! Frank had the work done in about an hour and a half! After he finished repairing the pipes we refilled the system with water keeping the pressure around 1 1/2. Frank says the pressure will go down automatically in a couple of days when the air in the system bleeds out. While he was here he checked the pipes in the bedroom.
He says all the piping should be replaced because it wasn't done with copper piping and what is there is getting rusty and worn out. As long as we keep the pressure on the low side it should be okay though.
Without Frank's expertise we would have had to go without hot water and heating in the house! We were soooo thankful for his quick response! Around 2230, Hans and Angela both came by to make sure everything was okay. We couldn't ask for nicer landlords!
Friday, February 1st
Andrew took the day off because we had an appointment in Amsterdam with a Dutch tax guy named Rens van Oers at Tax Consultants International. We left the house around 0830 to travel by train and tram to his office at the World Trade Center. The office is in Tower D, on the 10th floor.
World Trade Center, Amsterdam:
To get to the WTC we had taken Tram #5 from Amsterdam Centraal to Station Zuid. We would have preferred to take the Metro (which has fewer stops along the way), but Andrew's OV Chipkaart wouldn't work for the Metro for some reason. It worked earlier on the bus, but isn't working for the trains or the Metro.
After our appointment we decided to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. We got back on Tram #5 at Station Zuid...
and traveled up to the Leidseplein stop. There we saw the Apple store...and decided to go inside. I needed to find out about how to hook up my laptop to the television so we can play DVD's...We had never been inside the store. It's huuuuuge and very well run! Most of the Apple stores we've been into feel cramped and are always crowded. This one was very nice! They were very helpful there!
We continued on to our destination.....The Hard Rock Cafe!
Before we had left home in the morning I looked online for stationery stores in Amsterdam. I found one that sounded wonderful called "Cortina Papier". After we left the Nespresso store, we headed over there to take a look.......it was no longer there! That was the 2nd time that happened to us (about a month ago we looked for a hat store in Amsterdam that had gone out of business also. Soooo, next time we will be sure to call before we make the trip.