Running in: Amsterdam

Amsterdam

We were staying in Jordaan, a district full of the things you think of when you think of Amsterdam: narrow side roads, row houses along the canal, houseboats with rooftop gardens, and tons and tons of bicycles. We had rented bikes the day before and spent the day living out my Sartorialist-inspired European cycling fantasy and dinging my bike bell, so my legs were feeling kind of tired. 

I was surprised by how cool it was everywhere all month, and Amsterdam was the Northern-most place we'd been. 50-degree days made for perfect running weather, though. Amsterdam's most awesome park was a little far (and we'd already explored it by bike the day before), so we ran along the canals instead. The endless cobblestone made my feet sore but I can't really complain. Our destination was a Dutch pancake place. Dutch pancakes are somewhere in the middle of the pancake thickness spectrum, with fluffy American pancakes on one end and crepes on the other.

We ran about a mile more to get home, bringing my total to around 4.5. On the way home, something terrible happened -- we lost 20 euros. It fell out of James's pocket while running. 

The rest of the trip was disaster-free.

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Long live Chipsy King! (French fries covered in peanut butter.)

Long live Chipsy King! (French fries covered in peanut butter.)

Tulip bulbs

Tulip bulbs

Celebrating after the game. (The Netherlands was playing Spain when our train got in. The streets were completely deserted; we could drag our suitcases right down the middle of the road as we walked to our apartment. When something happened in the game, all the buildings roared to life with cheers and screaming.)

Celebrating after the game. (The Netherlands was playing Spain when our train got in. The streets were completely deserted; we could drag our suitcases right down the middle of the road as we walked to our apartment. When something happened in the game, all the buildings roared to life with cheers and screaming.)

We stumbled on some kind of free tulip thing while riding our bikes. 

We stumbled on some kind of free tulip thing while riding our bikes. 

We ate some great Indonesian food.

We ate some great Indonesian food.

Lots of cats in Amsterdam!

Lots of cats in Amsterdam!