Captain’s Log 5,591
We made it back from the Netherlands in one piece. The flight from Amsterdam presented a few obstacles, but we got to Chicago with enough daylight left to enjoy a bit of sun. I forced myself to stay awake until 8:00 and then I crashed.
My friend Pam was waiting for me at the airport. Not only did she pick me up, she also supplied me with milk, bread, fruit, and juice to get me going this morning. How very nice! I didn’t have to go out for groceries! She had also taken care of my birds, and when they ate more good than I had planned for, she went to the store and got more. I was very appreciative of that. I assumed I would have tons of energy when I got off the plane, but I was completely wrong.
Several packages had arrived during my absence, and this was the best. It’s from my friend, Jean who lives in my hometown. I admired hers so she made me one for my front door!
How festive! YAY!
The trip was completely and totally amazing. Going through photographs helps me piece it all together for memory’s sake. I don’t even know where to begin. So I will just start somewhere with some amazing photographs. We visited a village that has lots of canals with gorgeous homes along their banks. You access the homes via bridges that span the different waterways. I was completely enchanted.
Everyone gets around on foot or by boat. Amazing!
How adorable is this?
You walk to the bridge to get your mail. How cute!
I could get used to living like this!
Some of the restaurants offered canal cruises. Very quaint.
Saw a lot of trees chopped off like this – all over the place. Interesting way to landscape, eh?
Love the old tree rotting away by the bridge. Adds character. I think a family of ducks has taken up residence inside.
We also enjoyed watching the semi-finals of Eurovision while we were there. It’s a huge song contest that has been around since 1957. It’s a huge event and it was held in Sweden this year. The Netherlands was represented by an amazing songwriter known simply as Anouk. She didn’t win the competition, but here is her haunting and captivating song. We heard it on the radio all the time. I really love it.
So now it’s back to business. I’m not even back yet and I am planning my next day off – next Monday.