I attended services this morning at Christ Church, Amsterdam, one of four parishes in a mission group here in The Netherlands.
Photos from the route to church, about a 15-minute walk from our houseboat:
My day started 18 hours ago.
And at 11 p.m. here in Amsterdam, I am at peace.
The world has floated by today, in canal boats and rental boats and paddle boats. Even now, with the blue sky finally giving way to gray (for that is all the darker it shall be tonight), boats continue to motor down Prinsengracht canal, and I continue to wave, from the picture window of the houseboat, at the barely visible figures in the boats.
Life is so peaceful right now.
This is bliss and joy indeed.
5 a.m., and couldn’t sleep any longer. K is still asleep in his room, I think. I am watching the sun rise and enjoying the ducks floating by on Prinsengracht.
So it’s July 4 here in Amsterdam, but not yet in the USA. I read a little article this morning, and celebrated Independence Day by beginning my own day, on a houseboat in Amsterdam, with a little National Anthem action.
K and I are safely in Amsterdam. Here are three scenes from the windward side of our houseboat on Prinsengracht:
Our flight was not without minor adventure. At O’Hare, the flight before at C9 (to San Francisco) was completely boarded, and then offloaded since the jet wasn’t working. Our gate was changed twice, since the SF jet was still at the original gate. We finally left an hour late, but no worries.
Once on board, a clearly wack-wack older lady from the other side of the tracks decided to leave the jet just before the cabin door closed. Her daughter left a moment later, in tears. Who pays for an international flight and then leaves the jet just before departure?
Then happened the fight for the two seats that had just been vacated. That’s another story for another day.
In any event, we arrived at 10 a.m. local time. Luggage arrived an hour later, so we had people-watching time. We then had to find the VIC at Schiphol airport, collect our IAMsterdam cards (three days of transit, three days of tourism), buy train tickets to Centraal Station, and then get on the #4 tram. And find the houseboat.
Now 1 p.m., it’s time for a shower, lunch, and exploring!