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Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Dave!Coming over to Europe, I smoosh two days into one. Going back home, I make one day into two. It's a not-so-pleasant consequence of international travel... but I'm kind of used to it by now so it doesn't bother me that much.

Here was my "day" Wednesday and Thursday, which I am now calling "Wedthurday"...

I got up early to drive to Seattle...

Seattle Drive

Was surprised to see there's already snow starting in the mountains...

SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS!

Hopped on a plane to Amsterdam...

NWA Flight

Was served warmed nuts while I watched movies (The Proposal and Terminator Salvation)...

Warm Nuts!

Got a butter flower with personal salt and pepper shakers with dinner...

Butter Flower

Watched my progress as I approached DutchyLand...

NWA Map

Got a "bagel" before landing...

It's an un-bagel!

Landed at Schiphol Airport in the early morning...

Schiphol Airport

After The DutchBitch was kind enough to pick me up from the airport, she went to work... and I took the train into Amsterdam to have lunch with some friends! I arrived a couple hours early, so I wandered to the wonderful Van Gogh Museum.

I love the Van Gogh Museum. The world never seems so big than when looking at it through Vincent's eyes. On top of that, the museum itself is really nice with some great architecture to it...

Van Gogh Stairway

After a great lunch with some good people, I decided to stroll through Amsterdam for a while before heading back to DutchyLand...

Amsterdam Canal

Just like many large cities, Amsterdam has some public art projects. My favorite is still the Bears of Berlin, but they've got elephants going on that are quite cool too...

Elephants in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Elephant Detail

Then it was the train back for dinner with Dutchy and some blogger talk.

Not bad for a 36-hour day!

Comments

  1. Neil T. says:

    When I heard you were coming to Yurp I did see if I could get myself over to Amsterdam to say hi (since the flights weren’t going to cost much more than a train to London) but unfortunately I ended up having other plans this weekend. Let me know when you next visit to our lovely continent is and I’ll see what I can do.

  2. Sybil Law says:

    Ooh – I love elephants!
    Coming here is like getting a story with beautiful pictures! I love it. :D

  3. i know you put a lot in there, but i gotta comment on my confusion as to why the word bagel was in quotes. sure did look like a bagel.
    splain, please!

  4. karla says:

    Lucky bitch, I can tell you in Bidness class. Only Bidness fliers get little butter flowers and personal salt and pepper shakers.

  5. Finn says:

    Hope you’re having a blast!

    P.S. – Why “bagel”? Not so good?

  6. Ren says:

    Love those elephants! On one of our trips to NYC they had decorated cow statues all around.

    At the time, I considered going on a tour of the city just to find all the cows. I didn’t, though.

  7. A. Lewis says:

    One of my favorite countries in the entire world. As for NW#34, I’ve taken that bad boy…but it was back when it was the DC-10. And, you’re were “up front”…right?? What’s with just a bagel before landing? Used to be a larger breakfast deal….

  8. whitenoise says:

    cool ;-)

    Here’s a great-circle mapper for planning your trips. The airlines don’t follow these routes exactly because of wind, traffic and navigation facilities, but it gives you something close to what you’re going to fly.
    http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/map?airport1=sea&airport2=ams&format=google&units=metric&gc_segments=&gc_altitude=&show_wpt=3&trk_colorize=track

  9. martymankins says:

    Best Point A to Point B travel post ever.

    No wonder why it only takes an hour for Penelope to get to Dutchyland. That’s close. I wonder how long it would take on boat? or swimming it?

    Now I want to go to Netherlands.

  10. Hee! You said “warm nuts.”

    Yes, yes, I’m the immature commenter. I’ll be here through the week!

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