So lucky me got to have two friends visit in the last couple of weeks. First, while I was on vacation from work, Sabrina came for a week. I met her at Schiphol on Monday and we went back to my place and got her a bit settled. That evening we went to Utrecht, walked around a bit, and ate pannenkoek at De Muntkelder. Mmmm.
The next day I had tentatively arranged a visit to a dairy farm so that Sabrina could see cheese being made, maybe even make some herself. But the weather was really yucky - cold and rainy. So instead we went to visit my MIL and SIL in Leiden. We chatted a while and then went shopping for clothes. My MIL and SIL are so great. They stuck to English most of the time even though they haven't had to speak it for almost a year with me. They took Sabrina to a more generic store, saw her preferences and sizes, and chose a couple of stores that they thought would have clothes perfect for her. They were right! Sabrina couldn't stop talking about how much she loved her new clothes and the store she bought them at for the rest of the week!
On Wednesday we went to Amsterdam and checked out the floating flower market and the Albert Cuyp market. Then we met a Dutch friend of mine, Mickey, for dinner. He walked us through the Red Light district on the way to an Irish pub. Then Sabrina and I took the train home.
On Thursday Sabrina decided to take it easy as she had a bit of a cold and had a long flight planned for Friday. I had French class anyways, so that worked out fine. Friday I took her to Schiphol, saw her checked in, and enjoyed a nice cup of tea and a chat to pass some of the three hours she had to wait before her flight boarded. Then I went home, alone.
I loved having her visit because now that I live in Holland, I don't seek out the touristy things that are actually a lot of fun to do or see. She got me enthusiastic about my new country! She's also just so easy to be around! She makes funny comments, plus she's super-smart. She'd been away from home for a long time, and was really excited to get there. I was glad that she got to go home, but I miss her!