I’m in Amsterdam!
That picture was taken earlier this afternoon, moments after my arrival. Note the Heineken and the traditional Dutch croquettes.
I’m writing this semi-deliriously from my AirBnB flat in De Pijp where it’s after 9pm. The room is much larger than I expected and I even have my own desk overlooking the street. It’s cozy up here in the attic. But even though it’s light out and the birds are still chirping, I think I’m going to call it a night.
Even so, I got to see a lot of Amsterdam today. I rode a train, 5 different tram lines, a bus, and rode as a passenger on the back of a bicycle. I even had lunch on the patio with my colleagues Steven and Isabel in Westerpark.
I visited the Think! Social Media Amsterdam office, saw my first Dutch windmill, bought concert tickets for a show on Sunday, and meandered aimlessly, camera in hand, back toward Central Station.
Unfortunately I just realized that I don’t have a three-pronged adapter for my MacBook cable (only a two-pronged adapter – great for iPhones) and my MacBook’s battery died, so I’m updating this entirely by my phone now. I intend to sort that tomorrow once the jet lag wears off.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights from my first day in Amsterdam:
Oh, and in case you’re wondering how to eat those croquettes?
1. Butter the toast.
2. Smoosh the croquettes into the bread.
3. Liberally apply grainy mustard.
4. Eat with hands.
I hate admitting this… but the first croquette I ever had was the McCroquette at a McDonalds in Amsterdam. I’ve since had many of the real thing.
What can I say- I was young and stupid 🙂
I wouldn’t say you were young and stupid, Erik… I’d be curious too! I mean, the McCroquette is probably the litmus test for the rest of your croquette sampling. Was it actually any good?
You should also try the chicken livers at the Small Talk Steak House, in front if the Van Gogh museum. Mixed with onions, mushrooms the taste was almost orgasmic 🙂
Yet another excuse to return to Amsterdam. 😉
I’m here until Sunday evening 🙂
Lucky you! I’m already back in Canada, but I do miss Amsterdam. What else do you have planned while you’re there? Did you visit the Van Gogh Museum?
Tomorrow is flowers market, bicycle ride and maybe old market in centre.
Today it was canal sailing tour and the old Coffee House