I flew home from Amsterdam today, after spending the past 2.5 weeks in The Netherlands (mostly), plus a night in Ghent, Belgium, and a few days in Rome, Italy. My husband is from The Netherlands (and I lived there 2008-2010), so we visited his family and some friends while we were there and ate some foods we miss when we’re home in Texas. In the middle of our visit, we flew to Rome (just the two of us) and spent four days exploring the city and staying in a total splurge of a hotel (that was worth every penny). I’ll share photos, stories, and recommendations soon! The flight home, direct to Dallas, takes 10 hours, and was during daytime hours so I did a bunch of things to keep myself entertained: Finished reading the last 1/3 of Panic by Lauren Oliver. Read/highlighted/annotated the first four chapters of Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained by Maya Rodale. Watched Pixar’s Inside Out (loved Disgust!) and New Girl (Winston is so awkward/cute!) on the in-flight entertainment system. …
Looking back at the photos my BFF took when she visited me while I lived in The Netherlands is making me excited for my visit back to my second home (and my husband’s original home) later this year. Again. Amsterdam is such a great city.
We’re going back to The Netherlands for a visit later this year and I’m really looking forward to it. Amsterdam is one of my favorite places, and I loved wandering around the city for hours while I lived nearby. There’s so much there to see and do and enjoy, plus it’s easy to get around. I’ve missed being in a truly old city with so much history. Photos by my BFF from when she visited me. More here.
Current mood: Because goodbye, money! But also: Because yay for visiting my husband’s family, spending time in Amsterdam at my favorite places again, and going to Paris for the first time everrrrrrrrr. All France tips welcome. What should I eat? Where should I stay? What do I dooooooooo? (Other than wear black and carry around a baguette, obviously). 😀
Dutch bicycle paths are fantastic and such a huge part of their daily lives. If those paths could also contain solar panels to provide their power? Awesome! The company has revealed that its road has generated much more energy than expected — it produced 3,000kWh of electricity in the space of just six months, or enough to power a single person’s home for a year. That doesn’t sound like much, but SolaRoad notes that its path only covers a 230-foot stretch in a Dutch village. The first solar bike path is producing more energy than expected (Engadget)