Amsterdam and Arrival in Amman
17.12.2007 - 20.12.2007 5 °C
Sittu and I left on Monday for the first part of our trip-- a stopover in Amsterdam. I haven't ever been to Amsterdam and we only had one day there (and it was a jetlagged day), so it was a limited visit for sure.
We got there really early Tuesday. Since Amsterdam is on the top of Sergio's list of places to see, I figured that I'd be back sometime in the not-too-distant future. That meant that I was not going to attempt to see very much. But after breakfast Sittu and I walked in the freezing cold across a few picturesque canals to the Anne Frank house. Her house was pretty boring actually, they hadn't restored it or anything so it was really just a few empty rooms with some objects displayed on the walls-- things like books they read while in hiding and letters to relatives and stuff. Her diary is much more moving and interesting than the house itself--not surprising.
After walking back to our hotel it was nap time, and I managed to drag myself out of bed after just a few hours even though I could have kept sleeping. In the afternoon and evening I just wandered around the old part of the city by myself, talking a few nighttime pictures and just trying to get a feel for the city. I'm pretty excited to go back sometime in the future-- Amsterdam seems like it has a good mix of fun things to do and beautiful old places.
We spent pretty much all day Wednesday traveling to Amman. We finally got through immigration and baggage check at about 8pm, and Mom and Madeleine were waiting for us. We drove to their apartment in the fancy-ish new part of the city through the dark streets of Amman and had some dinner and sat around and chatted and then went to sleep.
This morning Madeleine left to go back to DC for Christmas leaving me with Mom and Sittu. I used this morning to catch up on my sleep and recover from all the traveling. Then this afternoon Mom drove us around the city a little bit, we had some tea at a trendy coffeeshop and had dinner at a Turkish restaurant.
We're making our plans for the next few weeks-- most likely we'll be in Beirut for Christmas next week and we're staying at a spa on the Dead Sea for New Years. On the way back to Amman from the Dead Sea Mom will drop me off at the King Hussein bridge to head to Jerusalem for a few days. Hopefully somewhere in there I'll make it to Petra.