Weekend Ketchup: Thursday & Friday

We went to Amsterdam from Thursday to Monday. I got home this morning about 3 (after a stop at McDonalds with Thomas), and then edited/uploaded pictures til 5. I don’t sleep, it’s fine. I actually slept on the plane and bus, so I was feeling pretty good. Also, class has been cancelled for today, which is also a plus. Wednesday our lecture was kicked out of our normal room because of a prospective student day, and they didn’t even tell our professor, so we didn’t have class that day either…

Flying out of Glasgow, we took a bus there, and then got on a plane. Our plane ride was only about an hour, but our bus from Aberdeen left about 1130am and we arrived in Amsterdam about 8. We found a Turkish restaurant close to our hotel, and ate there while we waited for Chase to arrive.

Oh. side note:

1. We got a hotel. Best plan ever. I booked an entire “holiday” through EasyJet, which included flights and hotel for us. Dear Best Western: Please come replace that bed with my bed that I sleep on at my flat. Quickly. I really didn’t want to leave.

Friday, we went to the Van Gogh Museum, but it and the Rijksmuseum were closed for renovations (bummer). They moved a lot of the Van Gogh Museum to the Hermitage Amsterdam, on the other side of town. We bought tickets there and then followed a red rope they had strung across the whole city, leading people to the hermitage. It was brilliant. The exhibit was PACKED. But I saw the famous bedroom painting that was in my French book in high school, so that was exciting. There was a group of girls from New York, I think. One of them said, “So, which ones are original?”

They’re all originals. It’s the Van Gogh Museum. Sigh.

We then went on the House of Bols tour. Bols is a brand of the famous Dutch liquor, called Genever, made from a different part of malt that gin is made from. It tastes a lot like whisky. The idea was to stimulate your senses. The main exciting part of the tour was the Scent room. It was a huge line of all 36 of their flavors (not including the straight Genever). You could smell all of them and guess what flavors they were. It was really fun, plus it helped you decide which ones you wanted to try at the end.

At the end of the tour, it included two tasters of any flavor and a cocktail. We all got something different, which was fun. Mine was too sugary (You didn’t know that was a thing, did you?) and Reid’s had a chili pepper in his…

We also met some cool older couples from England there that talked about spoiling their grandchildren by taking them traveling. We wanted to ask if they would adopt us as their grandchildren as well. They kindly gave us their leftover drink tickets and we hung out there a bit longer.

Around 9:30 we ate dinner at an Argentinean restaurant (SO MANY OF THEM), but not before they thought they had lost me. It’s a long story, but I was always safe, and I had been with Reid.

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