My workouts looked like this:
Sunday: 8mi run (1:04:44, 8:05/mi)
Monday: 9mi run (1:15:02, 8:20/mi)
Tuesday: 4mi run in the rain (32:53, 8:11/mi) moved inside for 2.5mi treadmill (@7.0, 1% incline) 15 mins elliptical
Total: 23.5 miles run, 15 xt
I have a good reason though, so let's get to the good stuff. We decided to use the last few days of Mr. Blondie’s vacation to take a quick trip.
It was a whirlwind time. We were on a mission to cover as much ground as possible.
Originally we’d talked about doing something tropical. However as the date got closer, I couldn’t shake the desire to do something more adventurous. On Monday, we surveyed our direct flight options of out of JFK. Amsterdam, Prague, and Brussels all piqued our interest.
Wednesday morning we played the eenie, meenie, miny, moe game. Amsterdam. Yes, Amsterdam it would be.
On our way to the airport, we stopped at Barnes & Noble to pick up a travel guide. Rick Steves' did us well in Spain last year, we were counting on him to guide us again this time.
We met up with my inlaws in NY to drop Emily off, then boarded a 4pm flight out of JFK to Amsterdam.
We cracked open the guide book and started plotting our plan of attack on the flight. The travel guide also included info about Belgium. After reading it was only a 3 hour train trip to Brussels, and another 45 minutes to Bruges, we’d decided to do them all.
We landed at 6am Thursday morning (Amsterdam time), and the race was on!
7:45am: Walk to a small hotel recommended by the book. No one is there yet. Wait until someone rolls in around 8. Check in.
9:00am: Rent bicycles. You’re not really experiencing the city unless you do it by bicycle, so says Rick.
10:00am: After many wrong turns, navigate our way to the Van Gogh museum. Great time of year to go, no line or crowds.
1pm: Sit down at a café to have lunch. Spend an exorbitant amount to have tasty, but euro-tiny, baguette sandwiches and espressos. Thank you weak dollar.
2pm: Tour the floating Flower Market. Marvel over the million different varieties of tulips and seeds.
4pm: Visit the Anne Frank House.
I thought this was absolutely fascinating. Seeing the conditions they lived in, along with other artifacts from the holocaust up close….it’s even more mind blowing that something like this took place.
6pm: Canal boat tour around the city.
8pm: Fulfill our curiosity and quickly stroll through the Red Light district.
9pm: Dinner at Japanese Pancake World. Not classic Dutch cuisine, but still something new to us.
|Could've used those chopstick to prop my eyelids open|
11pm: Pass out in bed
Our alarms would be going off again very shortly……