Cho-Grander Adventure: Part 2 Amsterdam

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical of Amsterdam when our friends, Ian and Tiffany Courtnage, posed the idea of meeting in this city known for it’s pot-smoking hippies and red light district, but I must admit that we saw the beautiful side of Amsterdam and fell in love with it’s tree lined streets, meandering canals, and bike lanes.  Amsterdam, you had me at bicycle.

Nadia, Lalit, Kyle and I rolled into Amsterdam late in the day to find our charming apartment (which Nadia found through www.airbnb.com, an amazing site to help you find the perfect place to stay on your next trip) just outside the heart of Amsterdam – a nice 15 minute bike ride from the center.

We started our trip with Thai food at a nearby restaurant recommended by the owner of the apartment and after living in Madrid for eight months, let’s just say we were thrilled to discover something delicious and SPICY!

The next day we went in search of BIKES!!!  And we were grateful to have a recommendation for Mike’s Bikes – a totally affordable rental shop where your bike doesn’t scream “tourist.”  We hopped on and off we went through the streets of Amsterdam!

We also met our Seattle friends, Ian and Tiffany – so fun!  We’re so happy they invited us to meet them in Amsterdam and can’t wait to see them again when we go home to Seattle!

And as always, we had a fabulous time with the Chopra’s.

Enjoyed a picnic in Vondel Park.

Took a canal tour, rode bikes and more.

I was also happy to be with Tiffany as my best friend Gioia went into labor and her beautiful baby girl, Estela, was born.  As you can see, we were wishing we could have been there to welcome her into the world, but were so excited when we caught our first glimpse of baby Estela and knew that Gioia was safe and sound.

We said our goodbye’s to Ian and Tiffany and went in search of the infamous tulip fields of the Netherlands.  Of course we had to stop for a photo shoot…

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