So no pretty and touristy pictures for you right now. And no cell or internet service for me, except when I'm in the office. It's actually kind of a nice break, you know?
Anyway, my flight was uneventful, save for the unusually high number of children and babies on my overnight flight, what the hell? Thankfully, I drowned out the noise with bad dialogue from the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting. And I did manage to sleep for about 2 hours.
I arrived at my hotel around 9:30am, but my room wasn't ready, so my boss (who had arrived the day beforehand) and I traipsed around the city for an hour. I totally just wanted to crawl into bed. Thankfully, my room was ready at 11am, and I did just that. Faceplanted into my pillow for hours.
I woke up mid-afternoon feeling pretty refreshed and guilty that I had just wasted valuable sightseeing time with my eyelids shut, so I set off, forgetting my map in the process. If you know me, you know I have absolutely NO sense of direction. So I played it safe and didn't stray too far. And spent lots of money buying tchotchskes and souvenirs. I'm in Holland -
Amsterdam is beautiful. The architecture is stunning and everywhere you look there are canals and waterways. EVERYONE rides a bike--men in business suits; women in heels; old; young; with children in buckets on the front. (Related: there aren't many overweight people in Amsterdam.)
My hotel is smack-dab in the middle of a busy part of the city, and my room overlooks Rembrandt's statue. There's a cool pub on one corner and a disco called "Club Nasty" on the opposite corner. Cafes and "smokeshops" are everywhere, so the smell of marijuana lingers in the air.
My boss and I had a few
More to come...