When I think back about life in Europe, the single thing that stands out the most is the lifestyle. Americans really don't get it... we work so hard, spend so much time worrying about money and status instead of enjoying what is truly important. Europeans not only understand this, they embrace it. But really, how can you not enjoy life and keep your priorities straight when you live somewhere that is so incredibly beautiful.
- Crazy old man at Bacchus.
- That's a lot of grass to mow!
- Ben - "my babies"
- Dave Brittain!
- Stracciatella gelato
- Oberweis (filet american!!!)
- The Philharmonie
- Bella Napoli
It's funny how small our world really is... about a week after I got to Lux Matt found out that one of the guys he played basketball with in Colorado was also in Luxembourg. It was nice to have another American around to talk with and Eric had played in the Netherlands previously so he understood how things worked and had friends just outside of Amsterdam that invited us to come visit for a weekend. We packed up the Megane and headed North to Weert. The night we left Matt and Eric's teams played each other... Matt's team was on the loosing end. Anyway... Eric's friends the Van Moorsels offered to let us stay with them and when we arrived at three in the morning they were up waiting. They had a nightcap (or three) ready and we sat and talked for an hour or so. I was genuinely touched by their hospitality. We were there during my birthday and when we came down for breakfast that morning Els had prepared an American style breakfast of eggs, bacon and pancakes. She also put together a goodie basket of typical Dutch treats. After our deelish breakfast we headed to Amsterdam. Interesting place. Wouldn't really recommend it... We did get to see the house where Anne Frank lived during the German occupation which was really neat, Matt felt it was inappropriate to smile so he looks a little lost in the picture!
Up next, Christmas time in PARIS!