I really got behind on this whole blogging thing but I’ve been a busy kid! I feel like spring break was the longest week of my life! In all honesty, I don’t even feel like blogging because I’m overwhelmed by how much I have to say! I’ll keep this one relatively short.
So not this past weekend, but the weekend before that, Abi and I set out for Holland with a busload of our classmates. We hit the road at 7am for a 12 hour bus ride (and a 2 hour ferry) to a little town in Holland called Monnickendam, just outside of Amsterdam.
Monnickendam is a cute little fishing town made of cobblestone and old brick houses. Abi and I spent some time exploring the streets and found an excellent place to stop for food. I had the most awesome tomato soup I’ve ever had.
And then, just as we’re walking down the road heading back to our hotel, I had all my dreams come true. Not very many of you know this about me but I have an obsession with little things. I’m talking everything miniature – I love it! I spent my entire childhood building tiny intricate fairy houses. Well anyway, we found this store called Adventures in Miniatures where there is everything tiny you could ever think of! Tiny tables and chairs, tiny bathtubs, tiny clocks, tiny vacuums, tiny tools, tiny coffee pots, tiny beds, tiny fridges – I mean everything is smaller than an inch! Literally anything you can think of! I’m such a nerd. I won’t ramble about it any longer but it was freaking awesome!
Our whole group stayed in a little hotel on the marina. It was funny because it was a group of 80 college students and then a bunch of retired people…no one in between. So we chatted it up at the bar with a few old men. We met a man from Wales who thought it was “complete bullocks” that Americans can go to war at 18 but can’t have a drink until they are 21. They were very friendly and highly amusing. Being right outside of Amsterdam, they found it relevant to tell us lots of stories about growing up in the 70s 😉 I’m curious as to what they were doing there.
I wanted to stay in for the night so we could have a full day in Amsterdam the next day but I was convinced otherwise. A few friends and I caught a bus into the city center and went exploring. Amsterdam was an adventure, to say the least. I really like the city but more than a weekend of it would be too much to handle, I think. We spent all of Saturday in the city too. It was cold and rainy all weekend! Yuck! I don’t have much to say about Amsterdam except bikes on bikes on bikes. Man! Those bikers are vicious! Oh, and canals. Lots of canals. And weed; the city reeks of it. Anyway, it was a one time deal. I’m glad I went, just like Paris, I feel no need to go back.
On Sunday we headed for home but made a pit stop in Brugge, Belgium for the afternoon. I think I’ve said probably 15 times this semester, “OH! I WANT TO LIVE HERE!” But it’s true! I could totally see myself living in Brugge. It’s so dang cute! Instead of taxis, they have horses and carriages to take you around town. No joke!
The cobblestone streets weave are lined with lots of fun shops with food, antiques, and jewelry. We didn’t know what to do with four hours in Brugge so we figured we had better cross two things off our list – Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate. YUM!
So basically, the weekend synopsis: long bus ride, old men, tiny things, bikes and bikes and more bikes, canals and more canals, waffles, and chocolate. Can it get any better than that?
Oh yes, it can! stay tuned for details on my week in Ireland!