Creation date / 2003 / Week 22
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Pillows. This is the wonderful green chair that Leslie and I got from a church garage sale soon after we met. I was sure that there was no way that we were going to be able to fit it in the box, but George came along to help (the 2,387th friend he helped move that week) and figured out how we could stuff it all in there.
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One of the great things about having a water bed is that, basically, you get a bed on tap. When it's time to, say, move it across the country, it's as simple as draining and dissassembling it.
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In order to accomplish "the great fitting of everything into the box," I disassembled every piece of furniture I own that had screws accessible. This, along with a couch, a squishy chair, and a papasan all went into the box. I really think George should be granted a Mensa membership for his work that day.
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In Amsterdam, we stayed with Sarah's friend Kacee, who lives there, and Josh, whom she lives with. They were incredibly gracious and incredibly fun. The following are a few shots of their beautiful apartment.
When I have a home again, I want to rip off their plant style--orchids and cacti. Beautiful!
The couch on the right was my bed.
After a first night of eating tapas and meeting a couple of Kacee's cool friends, we went out shopping and for a quick lunch.
Naturally, we were distracted from grocery shopping by the Heineken brewery/museum. Here are Sarah and I by a big old copper drum for...brewing, one can only guess.
And here we are in the bar, conveniently placed halfway through the museum. Three beers were included in the price of admission, and we ended up with a few more...
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The box, nearly full. George himself did not eventually end up inside (but we could have fit him).
After a 2-3 hour break, we staggered out into the light to buy dinner. Here, Sarah pokes a fish in the market.
Okay, so I looked like a tourist in the market taking this shot. But really, how could I not? Look at all the flavors!
Sarah said hello to every dog we met in Europe, usually calling them "le chat" ("cat" in French). She wanted her picture with this one. He was pretty cool.
The market. The blue sky and 80 degree weather was very atypical.
Kacee buys olives, etc.
Attempt at a representative Amsterdam shot: red row buildings, bicycles, trees, the corner of a canal.
Another, featuring the canal more prominently. This was just outside the Anne Frank House.
You get the idea.
Sarah and Kacee with bikes! (EVERYONE rides a bike in Amsterdam. Usually a heavy, old one with a squishy seat and peddle brakes.)
We went on a long ride (well, long for us non-cyclists) through the Dutch countryside. We stopped for a photo-op with the sheep. It also features the perfectly aligned trees that mark most of the fields I saw in France, Belgium, and Holland.
We were riding out to see a (humble, Dutch) castle, but it was closed. So we just stopped for a cola in a pretty little town.
As the only first-timer in Amsterdam, I occasionally set off to sight-see by myself. The next few shots are in the Van Gogh museum.
Beautiful architecture, I thought.
This was an exhibit of photographs of places where Van Gogh lived and worked.
A little courtyard action.
Okay, I just thought it was a cool building.