Month: June 2016

Amsterdam

Before heading home I decided to tag along with my trusty travel partner, Peg. She was headed to Amsterdam for a week so I went with and spent two days there. Peg booked an Air B&B place near the Red Light District. Oh perfect we will be close to everything, taxi man please take me to this address. We arrived at the apartment around 4 p.m. At that time there wasn’t a huge crowd of people on our street. As we walked in and up the spiral staircase we entered an amazing small but perfect sized apartment.  As I’m looking out the living room window I look across the street and see this…

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Then I look down the street to the left and right and see all similar sights. Not only are we near the Red Light District we are literally in the middle. I sent this Sex Palace picture to all of our friends and let them know that this is the kind of area you can stay in when Peg is in charge of lodging.  To be honest though it was perfect size, perfect location and worked out great. I just really liked giving Peg a hard time. Her son met her in Amsterdam and this is where she booked to stay, Mom of the year 😉

That night we went for drinks at a local establishment and explored the city. People watching is on point in Amsterdam. We met up with some friends who were also visiting.

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Fun fact about Amsterdam which I knew but forgot, lots of daylight hours that time of year.

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It’s 9 p.m. – WHAT!! Look at how light it is out.

That particular night the sun didn’t set until after 11 p.m. I’ve heard people say that it messes with your body and sleeping. Before experiencing that I was confident that I could handle it staying lighter longer – WRONG! Your body thinks it’s tired but your brain is like no it’s light out its 4 p.m. when it’s really 10 p.m. It was so crazy but pretty cool too experience for the first time.

The next day we explored more, rode the train, had drinks in the morning, picked up Peg’s son and his girlfriend, ate some awesome sandwiches, went shopping at some thrift stores, took a nap, ate more crepes, and drank some more.

It was only two days so there is still lots to see so I will definitely be back.

Later skaters

-B

Leaving…doesn’t get easier, I’m pretty sure it gets harder.

End of the school year is always the best time of the year because summer vacation is starting. As an international teacher though it also brings saying goodbye to colleagues who are moving on. I know I’ve wrote about this topic before and I will continue to write about it every year I’m sure. It’s a weird thing in the international teaching world you meet people and instantly you form strong bonds with people as if you have known them for years. I’m not sure why this happens but it does and it’s really cool. Most people grow up with the same people they go to school with and spend years forming bonds. I still to this day have friends from where I grew up and also worked with and not just friends, a group that I know will always be there when I get home from traveling the world and we can pick up as if I haven’t ever left. It’s an amazing feeling and something that I will never take advantage of and it also gives me comfort in knowing that they will be there when I get home. Those bonds are understandable since we have been friends for many years. On the other hand I have close friends who I have only known for two years, a year or even ten months. In those short time frames a special and strong bond can and has been formed. I think as we grow older we know the type of people we want to be around and the type of people we want to invest our time in. Now obviously not everyone makes the cut of who you want to invest time with but I do believe that we can gain something from everyone. Personally, I know that everyone I have met on my international teaching journey has impacted me in some way or another both good and bad. I’m an active traveler so if you say “come visit whenever” be prepared, I might just show up on your doorstep one day, just kidding I’ll call first. It’s not goodbye, it’s until we meet again.

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I’m off to enjoy the summer, recharge my battery and see my people.

Later skaters

-B

Adventures around Bahrain, Part 2

I have a few friends leaving Bahrain this year and they are on a quest to see all that Bahrain has to offer and I’m usually tagging along – so I also get to see what Bahrain has to offer.

Indoor skydiving and a new burger place…it was fun, not as easy as I expected it to be but still fun. The burger place was really good too.

 

Ancient burial grounds…

 

New Mexican place…the logo and graffiti inside was awesome, food – not so much.

 

Sunset…caught the sun at the perfect position, just under the bridge.

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Oil museum and oldest oil pump in Bahrain…who knew that is a thing, but we are in the Middle East, home of the oil – so makes sense and still pretty cool.

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Oldest oil pump in Bahrain

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Later skaters

-B