Captain’s Log 4,541
I was thinking about the upcoming trip to the Netherlands. I could not be more thrilled! The very idea of being away from home for two entire weeks is almost mind-boggling!
My friend and her hub unit live in IJmuiden, a town right on the sea. Their home overlooks the sand dunes that are complete with wild horses. Yes, indeed. Wild horses. The last time I saw wild horses was in New Zealand. I hope to see those horses and lots of boats and ships that come in and out of the harbor.
This way. Let me guide you. I can see things you are too big to see.
I know we will go into the big city of Amsterdam. YAY! It was the first time I ever saw cars legally parked on a sidewalk. Well, it would be considered a sidewalk here. In Amsterdam, it’s a street.
The trick is getting out of your car without falling in the canal. Or in some cases, driving into the canal. I’m sure it’s happened more than once.
When I was there with Big Sister Mia, we stayed at the Hotel Beethoven. We picked it because the tram ran right in front of the building. We went everywhere on that amazing rail system. By the end of our stay, we actually figured out how to pay for our tickets properly.
The elevator was so small our luggage did not fit with the two of us inside the car. Mia and I rode up and then I went back down and brought up the luggage on a second trip. We bought our daily snacks at a little market right across the street. Urban living at its finest.
And yes, the coffee shops. I tagged along the last time I was there. I wanted to see it, and it was a lot more than I expected. Menus are posted the same way menus are posted in independent coffee shops here. The only difference is….they aren’t selling coffee.
So there you have it. Or not.
With so much history and culture to experience there, I am amazed that Americans go there to get high. Mia and I visited the Anne Frank house and ventured into the secret annex. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.
To see this door was…..completely and totally heartbreaking.
I would like to see this again. It helps us remember just how close we are to madness and how important it is to embrace what we do not understand.
I know the dreams of this trip will come soon…..filling my sweet unconscious mind with swirls of possibilities.