Family Reunion

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Back to Amsterdam

Pantea's brother and Dad came for a visit in April.  Parham arrived on April 21st and Bahman came in on April 25th.  We had fun showing them all our favorite sites in and around Amsterdam.  Having a 'locals-like' knowledge of the area was useful and we were able to get around without getting lost. During their trip we also took several excursions to other major European cities, including Paris, Brussels, and Canterbury (England!).   The side trips were hectic but also lots of fun. 
We came back to Amsterdam in time for the Queen's Day festivities (April 30th)... a big party throughout the country and the one day of the year where it's legal to sell personal belongings on the sidewalks.  The roads were all filled with people selling their goods and there was a real flea market feel to the whole event.   Parham's flight left that day and while we were dropping him off at the airport, Bahman also took part in the flea market activities - he sold Eddie's bike for us.  Too bad that we could not do the same with Pantea's bike as hers had been stolen in true Amsterdam fashion the week before!

On May 1st we left our apartment for good and drove to England to see some family friends.  We came back to town only briefly on May 4th to drop Bahman off at the airport.  The family reunion was so wonderful - it was great to see familiar faces after months of being away from 'home'.  It was sad to see them leave and we've definitely been a bit homesick since their departure.
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