“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world ... What I found appealing in life abroad was the inevitable sense of helplessness it would inspire. Equally exciting would be the work involved in overcoming that helplessness." - David Sedaris
Hunting the Hummingbird - by David C Hoffman
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
On to Amsterdam!
We got in late from Disneyland, and Tuesday morning when our friends came into their living room, we looked like this:
Those are four exhausted people, not awoken by the sunlight streaming in, or the person entering the room.
We got up, said our goodbyes, and they left for school/work while we finished our packing and caught our taxi to take us to the train station...
This next picture is so funny, because the taxi driver had told us to beware of pick-pockets while we were in the train station. So Brother is valiantly guarding our luggage here, as he was SURE that gentleman next to him was a pick-pocket...
I was crazy proud of our kids during this time.
We had four good sized suitcases, a carry-on suitcase, my giant bag, four backpacks, my large purse, and a partridge in a pear tree.
It was not easy navigating all of that luggage through a narrow train station.
But our kids really owned the problem with us and each pulled a suitcase and wore a backpack, all while (mostly) keeping up and (mostly) not complaining...
Finally, we were on our high-speed train and headed to Amsterdam!
The high-speed train was really cool! We enjoyed the views between Paris and Amsterdam a lot. Next up, Amsterdam!