Merrill came to visit over a long weekend. Woo hoo!
I met her at the airport Thursday night and spent Friday and Saturday showing her around Amsterdam. We went to the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis and Anne Frank House, and also just spent a lot of time hanging out, catching up, playing with Aldus and pondering why he occasionally makes himself gag. Aldus and Merrill even had a lovely duet on the Museumplein chimes:
As a bonus, Charles joined us on Saturday, hung out with us for a little while, and then took Aldus back home with him so that Merrill and I could enjoy a nice dinner out. (One more reason I love this man!) The food at Restaurant de Luwte was even better than when Charles and I were there last year. We didn't even mind the light rain as we sat outside, but maybe that was the biertjes and proseccos.
On Sunday we showed Merrill around Dwingeloo a little. It's too bad the wind and rain kept us from taking a good long bike ride. I really wanted to bike out to my new favorite spot for koffie en appeltaart: the theehuis in Dwingelderveld. Oh well.
Monday we went to the museum, WWII transit camp site and memorial and telescope at Westerbork, then up to Groningen for more pancakes and some shoe and dress shopping. Can I tell you how jealous I am of the three new pairs of shoes she bought? I'm daydreaming of a wardrobe revamp of my own.
I won't speak for Merrill, but I had a really great time and am sorry that it has taken so long for us to be able to spend so much time catching up with each other.
Merrill, good luck with the upcoming mini-tour (warning: music will start automatically), and best wishes to you and Brian on your move to the new house!