Here are some random unrelated observations and thoughts and a picture from Brugge. First though, yes that is a chocolate santa and chocolate boobs in a Christmas display. Only in Europe! (click on it to see a bigger picture)
Style: There are women everywhere in Belgium and Holland (all Europe?) who are wearing tall boots that go up to their knees and these cute knee length skirts. I totally love the look and am going to need to do the same. So cute.
I was brave! I have been a little bit fearful about traveling on my own and messing up and not knowing the right way to be in this country. Today I traveled by myself. At one point I did get on the wrong train going the wrong direction. In the end I figured it out and now I'm a bit less scared here. Have I mentioned I've never traveled on my own before in another country that wasn't English speaking?
Self learning: Besides the major conversations j and I have post Amsterdam....I learned that when by myself in a new town I generally decide where to shop or eat (eg., picking between the 2000 lace stories in Brugge) based solely on liking the worker or the vibe. Also I just realized while in Brugge I don't really love the really old 1800's European paintings of Jesus and Mary etc. Just not my thing. Eastern Orthodox Icons however they are even older and I love those!
Confusing gaydar: Not that I have gaydar! But there are a lot of European women who look butch but they aren't gay.
Today I bought $40.00 in chocolate! Really really good high end chocolate and I was in the chocolate museum. Some of you are really glad you know me now aren't you?
I got a new orange shirt in Amsterdam that I tried on today for the first time and it is my new most favorite shirt EVER! See facebook, flikr. I love it!