Monday, January 31, 2011

When in Amsterdam...

I'm going to Amsterdam with my husband at the end of the month and I'm starting to get a bit worried. 

I've been to Amsterdam before but only the airport.  One of the only things I noticed through my haze of jet lag is that everyone was swilling Heineken at 9:00 a.m..  My husband pointed out that since it's an international airport, perhaps it wasn't 9:00 a.m. THEIR TIME.  Fair enough.

My husband is going for a conference so we're staying here.  That raises questions for the non-swimmer right there.

I thought the coffee shops looked really cute.

But then I read that they're not really about the COFFEE.

Unfortunately, I don't smoke.  Anything.

Then there's the "must-see" Red Light District.  I just don't know if I MUST see it.  I get the whole freedom thing but I'm not sure if I'm a FAN of prostitution.  I might like some brothel-inspired decorating if it's tastefully done I suppose.

Tulips are pretty and Spring-y but I can't really bring that many of them on the plane.

My husband has brought wooden shoes home for the kids before.  They call them 'dancing shoes'.  I have wood floors.  I don't want to stifle their creativity and self-expression but no more dancing shoes.

So the hotel is away from the city center a bit but it says there's good public transport.  Hopefully this is not it.  I have nothing to wear on public transport.  (Thanks Patsy and Edina).

There is a famous street market - Albert Cuyp.  That I can do.

I like the look of the canals and boats.  I'd have no problem trying to peek in the windows of these house-boats all day.

Luckily, the Dutch being, well, Dutch, have more art than you can shake a stick at.

Art it is then...

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