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Friday 1/3/19 (Amsterdam)

Classic snacks at Albert Hynh Market. FRESH tender Stroopwafels, totally unlike cold ones. Carmel is always better warm anyways. And crisp little pancake Poffertjies with powdered sugar. Lunch at Bhatti Pasal Nepalese near Rembrandt Square. Delicious Chicken Chowmein with curry flavors, dry fried. Sekuwa BBQ chicken with furandana (crispy beaten rice) and mint and tomato sauce. Afterwards, we ran into...

Bierbrasserie Cabrinus (Bruges, Belgium)

Flemish Carbonades (beef stew with onions and beer), sliced chicken with potato galette, steak with herb butter. Quite possibly the best restaurant in Bruges. While Mr A was climbing the Belfry, we jammed over here to make a ressie. Good thing, as shortly afterwards, all ressies were gone. Comfy, nice service, excellent food, probably our best meal so far.

New Years Eve 12/31/19 (Amsterdam)

Legal fireworks of all sizes, legal weed, open bottle policy on the streets – what could go wrong? At turns beautiful, cold, and frightening, New Years Eve in Amsterdam was something to behold. There was no big firework display at midnight but continuous and very loud fireworks from 6pm on kinda made up for it. We hung out in Dam...

Wednesday 1/1/20 (Amsterdam)

Bitterly cold New Years Day in Zaandam. But our visit to Zaanse Schans was an excellent one. The clog makers and cheese makers was very interesting with demonstrations, high quality photo ops, and samples. Did you know a wooden clog can be made in less then 10 minutes? And it was freaking hilarious when he slapped his own (enormous) wooden...

Cafe Sonneveld (Amsterdam)

“Small and loud,” said the Google review – and it was, but we still liked it. We weren’t familiar with the music but it sounded like a Dutch Octoberfest to us. Enjoyed our food – Round Steak, Stampot with meatball, and Pork Loin with pepper sauce. We also sprung for the bread tray with herb butter, olives, and French fry...

Sunday 12/29/19, London

We landed at 930am in London to find that even the horses in the fields had jackets on. It would be a cold but clear New Years week in Western Europe. A quick roast beef and roast chicken lunch at Marquis Cornwallis. Chicken in Europe is so succulent compared to American chicken. Why is that? And why are pubs so...

Monday 12/30/19, London

Natural History Museum – Mr A took a walk thru Hyde Park while the girls shopped for wool coats at Marks & Spencer. M&S had amazing selection, we won’t hesitate to shop there again. Except for the strength of the British pound – yikes! Add 30pct to the price in pounds to get USD. Making a 35 £ jacket (a...

Serenity is… (LAX)

Checking in 3 hours in advance, whisking thru the TSA Pre Check line, leisurely lunch at PF Changs, and a few hours in the KAL lounge before boarding. (get a points and miles card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve that gives you Priority Pass benefits) This was the last chance for PF Changs tho. The shrimp were doughy and the...