Annan fredag: another Friday & photos of The Netherlands
I flew to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Th., 3 October, poked around Amsterdam a bit, met with the head of The Netherlands Fulbright Commission, and then went to Den Haag (The Hague) for dinner with friends we knew from State College.
Friday & Saturday, I attended a conference- the 10th "Hydro Hegemony" conference in The Hague. More on that in a separate post.
Chris and the kids joined me late on Friday night in Den Haag. They hung out with our friends on Saturday, then we went late on Sat. night to Amsterdam. Spent the night in a "boat hostel" - while memorable, it was not restful nor sleep inducing (dorms in boats have thin walls, even though people were being as quiet as possible).
Went to the "Nemo" on Sunday- amazing science museum. Followed up with finding a new hotel, lunch, and a trip to Rijkmuseaum. We tried a lot of cheese samples, bought bread and cheese for dinner, and hung out for a bit in a very spacious hotel room. Managed to see "The Book of Mormon" at the Royal Theatre- awesome! We'd been hoping to see this show for almost a year- it's in State College, PA right now- of all things. Had some nice chats with nearby audience members about what lyrics in the musical might mean.
Closed out Monday with a fabulous breakfast and a trip to the Van Gogh museum. Really helpful to see the arc of his work and life in one place.
Dodged the "extinction rebellion" climate strike- wasn't the day to get arrested in Amsterdam (esp. given the number of police and paddy wagons).
Headed to the airport- it is a big place if you ever go! Celebrated KLM's 100th birthday with a serenade and dance at the gate. Flight delayed, home at midnight. Definitely not ready for Tuesday morning...
Flying into The Netherlands (with tulips for sale at the airport):
And to the Royal Theatre- a taxi through the pouring rain and a chance to see The Book of Mormon