It’s official: I’m going to Amsterdam in March! Made my reservations with my friend last night. I’m so excited. We may take a short side trip to Belgium as well, or maybe Germany? It doesn’t matter, it’s all good.
I struggle with feeling guilty for going (for many reason) but I figure: I’ve had to say “no” to so many things for a long time, that this feels like a very much needed “yes.” Even though I’m not very rich right now, and even though I feel bad leaving the kitties and work and blah blah blah, I think this trip will be very good for me. I’m going with a close girl friend and we’re staying with her aunt, and I expect it will be wonderful.
- to eat really yummy food
- to have some excellent beer
- to ride a bike over the bridges and waterways
- to see a castle or two
- to remind myself that I am a citizen of the world and not just my little wee routine
Other than that, I’m open. My friend has been many times and is playing tour guide, sending me links of museums and sights that we could consider. I haven’t done ANY research at all, which tells you how out of it I’ve been (although SO much better) — usually I adore trip-planning in all aspects. This time, I feel content to just go along and see whatever comes our way.
As long as there is some coffee and stroopwafels, of course. That’s essential.
It will likely be cold and blustery so I must pack wisely (and warmly). I have just over a month to think about things and plan my packing and what I’d like to do. I think I will pack pencils and sketchbook as well. I’ve always loved the idea of having a sketchbook devoted just to travels. I think that’s a must.
Also: I need book recommendations! What’s a good airplane book? We’ll be looking at guidebooks but I’ll need a big engrossing chunkster for the plane and evenings. This is where a Kindle would come in handy, I suppose, but I haven’t gotten around to getting one of those yet. Thoughts? Favorite travel books? Perhaps Dutch-themed?