so about that trip

its still crazy at the office
  we're down to the last day in times square
 i come home so tired
 i dont feel like writing
 but
 its wednesday evening 
as i write this
 toonman plays cards on wednesday
 the cats are all napping
 harry and annie on opposite ends of the bed 
jack in the recycle basket
its quiet and i feel like sharing
 i went through my amsterdam photos
 pulled out a bunch
 which
 i will use to prompt my memory

ok
 here we go

my friend and the best travel companion in the world
mary 
flew in from cincinnati 
we left jfk at around 8 pm on tuesday evening
 we fly standby 
if there's a seat in biz or first 
we get upgraded

 score!
 we both got sleeper seats
 and
 slept across the atlantic
 arriving in amsterdam
wednesday morning around 10 am 

we took the train from the airport to amsterdam central


from there 
we hopped a tram
 if you go to amsterdam
 you should buy the 72 hour unlimited tram pass for 17.50 euros
 you can hop
 on and off
 as many times 
a day/night 
as you want

 which is a good thing
 if you tend to get lost

 after all its an adventure


we rented an apartment in a really nice area
 just steps away 


 from vondelpark and museumplein 



i think there must be no heart disease because everyone bikes


let me point out that every sidewalk is divided in half
the side nearest the street is for bikes
pedestrians must look out for bikers who take their right of way very seriously


the first day we not only wandered vondelpark
we went looking for salamander park
its adjacent to
rembrandtplein
where
a stature of rembrandt looks out over life size figures from night watch


we walked over 12 miles the first day
through intermittent sun and rain
we also got lost ending up taking the tram back to central and starting over


seriously

on thursday 
my friend robin flew in from wales
 to spend the rest of the week with us




we headed off to lunch
at
de kas
an amazing incredible dining experience
food looking as good as it tasted
all grown right there in their own greenhouse 









after lunch
 we decided to go to the famous flea market
  it wasn't all we expected 
but
 we all got some fun photos 


then we decided to go to the rijks museum 
we got there too late to go inside so we wandered the outside 
the 
iamsterdam sculpture 
is much loved much climbed upon


we'd been told to have dinner
 at
 kantkil & de tijger

 alas it was booked solid 
we wandered a bit 
ending up in a very nice italian restaurant 
the name of which escapes me just now


we did get to dine at kantjil on friday night
it was amazingly good



we took a long walk after dinner 
since the rain stopped
 i think it rained 90% of the time 

friday
 was the worst day
 it rained non stop 

we decided to go to the museum
 apparently 
so did the rest of the city


what do to on a rainy day in amsterdam?
 you take a canal boat tour 
of course

 getting to see the city from a unique perspective


on saturday
 robin went to meet an old friend

 mary and i went to the cat museum



after we did some more wandering
i love how the canal houses are so crooked
for once the lopsided photo isn't my fault 




 we had an really great time
 rain is no deterrent 
when you are traveling 
you just make sure to pack your
 slicker
umbrella
 good walking shoes 

my fitbit let me know 
we walked over 12 miles the first day
 and
 at least 6 or 7 each of the other days 
we ate terrific food
 drank good beer
 shopped 
talked
 took photos
 and
 fell in love with the city

  there are more photos over at 'my eyes' 


no still no amsterdam

i planned
 on
 a long recap
 of
 my trip to Amsterdam

 but
 i am exhausted
 i have been fighting a virus
which seems to thrive on the stress 


tuesday
 i went to see the new offices
 its a magnificent building
 our offices are beautiful
 the views are breathtakingly gorgeous

  it was the high point of the day

 when i got back
 i was up to my ears
 in
 packing
 supervising the movers
 and
 fielding my boss's calls from san francisco
 he changed his return flight 4 times

 so
 all that said
 here are a few photos i took this morning


such a beauty
oh
 and
 the world trade center 
too

 the view
 from
 my office window 
which
 really
 could use
 a good washing 


yup
its still a construction site
so the hard hat and safety vest 
were required

i'm baaack!

but 
jet-lag
a sore throat (under control)
 and
 the return to chaos
 surrounding
 the upcoming move 
kept me 
from 
giving you 
recappage
 of
 my most excellent visit to amsterdam

 as a tease
here's one of my favorite photos


ready set go

i am going

see ya later

 i will be back sunday october 26
 with 
a lot of wonderful photos and stories to share 

til then

so long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

erranding

i made that up
 its an extension of the word
 errand 
it means to do errands

i dont know
 if 
its
 a verb or a noun

 i was not very good at that part of english
 actually
 i wasn't good at a lot of english
 yet
 it was one of my majors
 history
 being the other

 anyway
 saturday was errand day
 hither and yon
 i went
 but
 in
 an organized way

 i dont go
 uptown
 downtown
 across town
 randomly

usually 
 i start
 at 
the furthest point
 working my way back 

 yesterday
 i did it sort of differently

 i needed all my eye glasses to be adjusted
 so
 i went to 83 street first
 got all three pair adjusted
 realigned

 hedda
runs the eye man
  she has
 the most sarcastic mouth

 told me
 it wasn't the frames
 it was my head

 she might be right

 since i was on 83
 i went next door to the town shop
i had a credit
that
 got me
two new bras
 a pair of plaid tights
 that will be fun with my grey sweater dress and boots
and 
the best lingerie wash in the world

  i walked down to 72nd
 across to columbus
 to 
ricky's
 such a fun store
 it has everything
 from 
halloween costumes to cosmetics to well

i exchanged a spritzer bottle 
for
 two small airline size bottles

 on the way to 72nd
 i stopped
 into
 the shoe repair shop for new shoe laces
into
 the cvs for deodorant
 on the way back
 i debated
 going to trader joe's
 i did
 but 
ended up not buying anything

 why?
 because 
everything i wanted was pumpkin related or fattening
 i am going away in 2.5 days
 reason won

 i ended up walking home
 stopping into westside 
for some stacy's naked pita chips
 to have with an apple for lunch

 i accomplished
 almost
 everything
 on my to do list

 i still need to go to the bank 
for euros
 i still need to go to zabar's
for toonman's 
turkey meatballs

 but 
that can happen today
 or 
even
 monday

 tuesday morning
 i get my hair done
 tuesday afternoon
 i leave for the airport
 tuesday evening
 i meet mary at jfk
 and
 we fly to amsterdam 


this was how the skies
 looked
 saturday
 as
 i began erranding

 pretty isn't it

oats

oats 
named by his two new little boy owners
 is
 the newest member
 of
 my friend/sometime co-worker Peter's family 

he's a labradoodle 
and
i think
 he's adoradooble too

more nothing

today
 is
 my last day at the office
 for 
a whole week

 when i return
 i will finish packing

 the move downtown
 happens 
on
 the 31st 

not sure
 if
 its a trick or a treat

 i learned
 today
 that my job will be changing with the move 
more responsibility 
which
 i guess
 is a good thing 
the raise i got to go with it
 sure is nice

 anyway
 next week 
i will be in a foreign city 
likely
 looking
 much like 
these
 people