I realized yesterday – as I read through some older entries looking for something – that I never posted about Amsterdam. Not sure how I forgot about that one. Life got in the way, I guess.

It was fun. Very glad we added it to the trip. We’d talked about doing it the last time we were in Germany, but just didn’t … so it was time.

We drove there from Belgium. Took about 3 hours.

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I mentioned in the last Belgium post that we stopped along the way at a beach.

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Then mostly encountered this:

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So it balances, I guess. Nonetheless, we were pretty happy when we finally made it the airport to drop off our car (since we didn’t plan to need it while there) and then made it to our hotel.

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The hotel was so freakin’ cute. Our luggage came up via pulley – a circumstance I later learned is common since the stairways in most buildings are tiny/steep.

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We had a street/canal view from our room, which we both loved + kept the windows open 24/7.

The red awning + sign = the hotel.

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I’m glad we ditched the car. There’s just no way it would’ve worked.

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We had a huge (late) dinner that night at a place recommended by a guy at our hotel. No idea now what the place was called.

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We woke up and had another huge feast the next morning at the first place we wandered to that looked decent.

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We split an omelet created with bacon, cheese and mushrooms + had yogurt with fruit and granola + croissants.

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Up next: a ton of sightseeing.

We started with a boat tour because I was weary and wanted to sit.

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It wasn’t as fun as the tour in Bruges because we were inside a boat with a ton of people looking out windows – but it was a decent enough way to see some stuff and become somewhat oriented to the city.

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(Bike garage.)

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We walked … and walked … and walked after the boat.

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Found a very popular small child soccer game happening.

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Little different than the atmosphere I’m used to around here, obviously.

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Also found a museum. Wasn’t hard since they’re seemingly on every corner.

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We had a lunch at a small coffee shop near our hotel.

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I chose egg salad.

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The weather was gorgeous.

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Did some browsing.

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Dinner happened outside, too. Indian feast.

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The next day was similar.

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Jon chose a pancake with cheese, bacon and mushrooms.

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I chose a waffle with peaches, a fruit brandy and whipped cream.

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We walked … and walked … and walked again. As with Belgium, I really had little idea what we were looking at. We mostly just wandered around and people-watched. I put no effort into planning this trip – and I’m glad. I had a general idea about different neighborhoods, but that’s it.

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Worked out well. We enjoyed just wandering.

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Found another museum to check out – totally marketed toward USA tourists.

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We walked around the Red Light District – which I didn’t photograph… and also walked around an outdoor market – which I didn’t photograph because I heard a vendor yell at someone else for taking pictures … and then found lunch.

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We were tired that night, so we opted to pick some stuff up and eat in our room in front of the iPad.

Dinner:

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We had a fantastic time.

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The only thing we didn’t do that we had planned? Rent + ride bikes.

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There’s just no way. I would’ve gotten myself killed.
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Some really good stuff is changing re: Jon’s job. Currently, he travels a lot (sometimes more than 50% of the time) and covers NE USA (over to/including Minnesota) and E Canada. One big change? Less travel (!), but his territory will be Mexico + Central America + South America + The Caribbean.

I had to look at a map to figure out what that would actually mean since I know very little about South America – but OMG. I am SO excited. There is great opportunity for me to tag along and/or for us to add vacations onto business trips.

I am already planning. He’s been to Jamaica and Brazil (both business trips), but I haven’t been anywhere down there. I’m thinking Argentina might need to be first.