Mascate, Oman, somewhere in the 15th century, let us say 1419.
Sultan Malik is just sitting on his lazy deck chair overlooking a bit of water there, a bit of water there and lots and lots of sand.
"300 pieces of gold, and I haven't a clue what to do with it," our beloved Sultan sighs, "I wish someone would help me."
Mascate Coast, somewhere in the 15th century, let's take 1419 again, that seemed to work well last time.
A strange little ship is drifting along, sails gone, mast broken 2/3rds of the way. The sun is trying to see who will win, its scorching rays or the embrace of the ocean.
Inside the strange little ship a man. A strange man with spectacles, a watch, a mobile phone a cute little black rabbit and a severe headache.
"Verdwaald, alweer verdwaald," the strange man in the strange ship thinks, "Amsterdam was toch gewoon oversteken, zo moeilijk leek dat niet..."
The signs of despair in his eyes shine through his spectacles.
Mascate, Oman, somewhere in the 15th century, for consistency's sake let us once more take 1419.
A large seagull takes off, hungry, and willing to do something about it.
After a 15 minutes flight, including a short break to catch up on the gossip with some friends, the large seagull flies over a small boat.
No answer, obviously very rude mammals, time to leave, but not before marking this rude mammal.
Mascate Coast, still in the 15th century in fact still 1419.
The strange man receives a gift from the God(s)/Allah/Shiva, not the bit the seagull just left him, no, the knowledge he is close to land, how wonderful for our strange spectacled man and his cute little bunnyrabbit.
Mascate, Oman, the beach, yes, still 1419.
The strange man maneuvers his strange ship on the white sandy beach. This doesn't at all resemble the descriptions of Amsterdam. Too much sand. Plenty of water, but by far too much sand.
After a casual stroll along the beach, he is approached by 4 people, quite obviously not Dutch.
"Agh, wat maakt het uit?" the dutchman thinks, and raises his hands to wave at the 4 men, who seem to be armed with plenty of weaponry.
"Hallo? Ik denk niet dat dit Amsterdam is, toch?", the tanned Dutchman asks.