Thursday, April 10, 2014

amsterdam

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We ended our time in Europe with a trip to Amsterdam. This stop was our most anticipated one because my sister, Bekah, and brother-in-law, Clay, and their family are living in the Netherlands for 9 months as part of Clay's PhD program. We took the train from Paris to Amsterdam and then immediately hopped on a train to their city, Kampen, about an hour outside of Amsterdam. There we were reunited with our favorite niece, Ever, and nephew, Owen. Last time we saw Owen he was only a few weeks old, so he was a different kid. It was so fun to be aunt and uncle for a few days. Bekah and Clay are also some of our favorite people in the world, so it was a huge treat to be with them and catch up on life in person. They were wonderful hosts, showing us around both Kampen and Amsterdam. We wish that we had had more time with them and in Amsterdam. We loved the city! The biking culture is phenomenal and it just has such a fun vibe. 

My favorite little guy, who isn't so little anymore.
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My sister and I biking to Ever's ballet class.
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It was really cold and rainy, so we had to stay bundled up.
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Watching Ever's ballet class. She would look at the window every few minutes to make sure we were still there and wave at us.
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After ballet class we walked around the center of town and got gelato and coffee.
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Aunt and uncle happily on duty.
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After our time in Kampen, we took the train back to Amsterdam to spend a day.
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Blake and Clay started the day with the Heineken Brewery Tour.
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While I took my nephew to the red light district as any good aunt would do. 
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We also went to the flower market (on the right side of the canal in this picture).

Bekah and I then grabbed a first lunch (and then ate a second one later with the guys).
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We also toured the Anne Frank house and finally made our way to the I Amsterdam sign. We ended our last night in Europe eating pasta in Amsterdam with family. It was pretty perfect.
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We truly could not have experienced a more perfect anniversary trip. We will be living off the high of this trip for years and years to come. We are eternally grateful for our friends who not only made this possible, but shared in our excitement. Here's to another 15+ years of marriage! 

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