We've had a really great week around here! Last week, Andy and I had a little outing to the Nine Streets, a more boutique-like shopping area. It's beautiful. Here's sweet Andy on our walk:
We had a lot of fun on Saturday. It was so fun to have Cam around to play with us! In true Messick form, we went to the zoo. It's right downtown, so we expected it to be small, but it was amazing! It was really big. They had a lot of animals that we don't usually have in our American zoos. And all the animals were closer with not as much blocking us from getting close to them. Andy didn't seem to enjoy it as much as we'd hoped, but Cam and I still loved it. Our favorites: the giant anteater, lemur land, all the crazy insects, the giant crocodiles, and the red pandas.
|Looking at the sea lions.|
|Giant anteater. So weird.|
|Proof I was there.|
|I can't handle how cute he is.|
Later that afternoon, we headed to our local park, the Vondelpark. It was beautiful. The weather all weekend was incredible--like shorts and t-shirt incredible. That is rare here! We (along with the rest of Amsterdam) decided to take advantage of the incredible weather by chilling at the park. It was packed! People everywhere sitting on blankets with picnics. We brought a ball for Andy, and he had a blast running around.
A couple days ago, Andy and I headed back to the Vondelpark. I think we'll go walking there a few times a week. They even have a little playground I found. Andy loves all the dogs everywhere. Isn't it beautiful?
Cam had a fun work get-together last night. Cam is replacing a really sweet French girl, Amandine, while she goes on maternity leave. Last night was her "going away" party. She had some people over for drinks and appetizers. It was fun for me to finally meet her and the other people Cam has been working with. We definitely were the weird ones though! We already feel a little out of place at work gatherings, even in the US. We're just not used to non-Mormon etiquette! Like how everyone brings a gift to the host/hostess--we were clueless about that at the last party we went to in the summer. Well this time, the usual discomfort was coupled with the fact that we don't drink, we don't understand the customs/etiquette here, and we're the only ones who have a child....and, let's just say, we felt a little awkward at times. :) But it was still really fun to get together and meet people. We get lonely! (Hint, hint: visitors welcome.)
We're having a great time here, trying to fill in as much as we can. This weekend: England!