Pension De Laurier
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... weather wise today, at least Tim and I thought so, it was overcast and in the sixties, but we couldn't believe how many people were bundled up in coats, even a couple of parkas! It is nice that in our hotel room we can open the window, with no screens, and not have any mosquitoes or bugs!
Now we are at a famous chess cafe where Tim is watching some games while I update this site. Another fun day!
... along a strange movie set. At the appointed hour of midnight Caitlin and I made our way to the Irish pub to meet Shannon and Michaela. It took a while for them to come stumbling into the bar (actually although they were hammered they were not stumbling). The barman that we had met earlier in the evening was a cute guy from Australia called Darren and he had finished work and was quietly having a pint before he went home. Plans quickly changed for him ...
... sun isn't up and there aren't any people out yet. It was lovely.
Other noteworthy events that I haven't written about:
-Anne Frank House, so amazing and sad and interesting to see
-The canal ride! So much fun, I drank beer and wine and felt very classy looking at all the canals and houses from the water. I also want to renovate a houseboat and live on it outside of San Francisco.
-The festival that Syd, Hank, Brad and I showed up ...
... here. On one hand, I love that cycling is commonplace and normal (can you imagine car-drivers in the U.S. really banding together?) but I hate the learning curve for cycling here. Of course, I have had a few glorious moments where coordination, confidence and familiarity converge perfectly and I might almost pass for a local. But those moments are rare. I've made 3 trips in Amsterdam by bike today. Each was completely different and none were perfect. I have a long way to ...
I definitely haven't been keeping up here as well as I would like, but I guess the fact that my days don't seem very remarkable means that life here is becoming more normal to me. I officially passed my three month mark and seriously couldn't be happier. I love my host family so much (my heart melted when they gave me an Easter basket) and find that things that felt like work before now feel more like everyday life. Not sure if I've mentioned this before but my host family is