De Stadhuis (City Hall):
Sammy and Socrates are realllllly getting along now!
Christmas eve 2012:
We made reservations for lunch at a restaurant in Amsterdam. We like to walk around the City and thought it would be a nice way to spend the day. We had found it in the book called "1000 Places to See Before You Die". The restaurant is in the Pulitzer Hotel.
We headed home after that...stopped to take a picture of the tree in front of the Amsterdam Centraal Station:
At 2330hrs our neighbors/friends Bruce and Linda came by and we walked down to the Nieuwe Kerk. There was a band playing Christmas Carols...and we sang along....in Dutch! What fun! It was raining (of course!)....so Andrew went back to the house and brought back umbrellas!
We woke up laaaaaate......around 0930hrs!!! Oh myyyyyy! What the heck.....Andrew is on vacation! I got up and made us "ontbijtspek" (bacon) and eggs and orange juice for breakfast this morning! Yummmmm! We still don't have a toaster...soooo no toast this morning! After breakfast, we took Sammy for a walk this morning in the woods...which he always loves.
This afternoon we went over to the recycle bins and dropped off all of our recycling. They will be closing off the bins from December 27th through January 1st. Apparently there is a problem with people putting fireworks in there during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year's...so they close them up!
Albert Heijn was closed.......sooooo....we went over to the Carlton for an early dinner. It's a nice place to eat. Very pleasant and quiet.
When we got back we Skyped with Dan, Michelle, Barbara, and the girls. Then we Skyped with Amanda and James...and then with Christopher,Denise and Arianna. We're still trying to connect with the other kids! Thank goodness for the internet....with Facebook and email we've been able to keep up with family and friends. We were also able to Skype with Jeff, Birgit, Sarah, Niko and Lars!
At around 2330hrs we were able to Skype with Jackie, Allen Kevin and Dillon!