Actually, we should be back by now, but I figured I wanted to finish the 2013 trip posts, and I expect to have a lot of work-related digging out to do!
A bit of an afterthought to our trip was a final night in Amsterdam. We only went there for logistical reasons -- we could fly from Venice to Amsterdam, stay there for about 20 hours, and then catch a direct flight back to Dallas. We're doing something similar this year -- ending the trip with some time in Dubai just because it scores us a direct flight home, which is something we've found we really appreciate. The year we went to Russia (2010), at the end of the trip, we flew from Moscow to Stockholm, spent the night in Stockholm with friends, then flew Stockholm to Copenhagen, changed planes, Copenhagen to Chicago, and were supposed to go Chicago to Dallas. But Chicago was having weather issues and everything was canceled. That made for a very long trip home. We didn't want to spend the money on a hotel in Chicago (Moscow had been SO expensive), so we crashed at my brothers' place (they were both out of town on separate trips with their now wives) for a night before finally making it back to Dallas. That trip was so painful for us that now we do whatever we can to get a direct flight home.
In 2013, that meant a big stopover in Amsterdam. And somehow in the planning, I decided that I wanted to try pot while we were there. My husband wouldn't (but for the record, he had done it before, I never had). That was not quite as exciting as somehow I thought it would be (probably because I don't really know how to inhale or smoke), but the rest of Amsterdam was awesome.
Loved the bikes, and we had an awesome Nepalese dinner (another tradition, trying to eat something indicative of our next year's trip on the current trip) (note, this is pretty easy, since we go to Italy every other year, and you can always find Italian food).
We rented a little studio apartment in Amsterdam, figuring it would be a nice change from hotels, and they gave us CIA-esque instructions on where to get the apartment key. It was stashed in a little lock box among a ton of bikes.
For dessert, we went to a waffle place, which was so unusual. I got caramels, berries and ice cream on mine. So delicious!
And then an airport breakfast -- donut and espresso -- before our flight back to Dallas:
There you have it, 2013's trip in about 15 posts!