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...
Was surprised to see there's already snow starting in the mountains...
Hopped on a plane to Amsterdam...
Was served warmed nuts while I watched movies (The Proposal and Terminator Salvation)...
Got a butter flower with personal salt and pepper shakers with dinner...
Watched my progress as I approached DutchyLand...
Got a "bagel" before landing...
Landed at Schiphol Airport in the early morning...
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...
After a great lunch with some good people, I decided to stroll through Amsterdam for a while before heading back to DutchyLand...
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...
Then it was the train back for dinner with Dutchy and some blogger talk.
Not bad for a 36-hour day!
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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.
Will do! We’ll meet up one of these days, I’m sure!
Ooh – I love elephants!
Coming here is like getting a story with beautiful pictures! I love it. 😀
I like elephants too. They’re gentle giants. 🙂
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.
If it didn’t come from New York, it’s not a “real” bagel to me! All the “bagels” outside of NYC don’t taste quite right. 🙂
Lucky bitch, I can tell you in Bidness class. Only Bidness fliers get little butter flowers and personal salt and pepper shakers.
True dat! But that’s what Bidness Class is all about! Butter flowers and warm nuts!
Hope you’re having a blast!
P.S. – Why “bagel”? Not so good?
It was okay… just wasn’t as good as a New York bagel. 🙂
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.
Chicago had done cows at one point too, I think. Seattle did giant piggy banks!
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….
Oh you could have a full breakfast if you wanted… but I don’t eat meat, so my options were limited. 🙂
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.
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.
Hee! You said “warm nuts.”
Yes, yes, I’m the immature commenter. I’ll be here through the week!