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I am returned from the Netherlands.

And obviously, I have quite a bit to catch up on - missed episodes, [profile] girlsavesboyfic stories, Cataclysm relase date (!), fandom happenings and yes, real life. Damn that real life thing. (And thanks to whoever pointed me to and started a love thread for me at the anon love meme. Very kind of you, anon!)

Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from the trip, including Den Haag, giant clogs, many pretty houses, windmills, dikes, headless statues, sleeping cats and the proper way to serve hot cocoa with whipped cream.

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A courtyard in Den Haag.

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The Dutch Parliament in Den Haag.

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Amsterdam houses along a canal.

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The characteristic pulleys used to get cargo up in the old days and furniture in the new.

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How they serve you hot cocoa with whipped cream in the Netherlands. I approve. It means not all the cream will melt right away and you can tip it in as you want. WHY ARE YOU NOT DOING THIS REST OF THE WORLD?!

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A working windmill in Sloten near Amsterdam. We got a tour of it and it's truly awesome.

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The actual Archimedes' screw they used in the windmill to lift water until they replaced it with a non-wood one. Archimedes knew his stuff, I'm telling you. (Mum and Marius posing. We all geeked out about this screw.)

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Windmills and Dutch landscape.

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Me, Marius and Irene (Marius's significant other) posing in a giant clog in front of the clog museum. As you do.

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Rollerskate and skate clogs. Clogs in Dutch are called klumpen, a source of endless amusement as that word means lump in Norwegian.

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Marius posing with clogs, Irene looking slightly less amused. (Probably at our endless klumpen-jokes.)

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Europe's largest dike, which meant Amsterdam was no longer quite by the sea, but instead is connected to the Atlantic via a lake and a canal.

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Marius and Irene at the dike. (It was very, very windy.)

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A headless statue. As you do.

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Mum and I have rented bikes to see Amsterdam as the Dutch do - recklessly on a bike seat.

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The palace is open again! Except it wasn't, as it turned out.

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Rembrandthouse.

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A sleeping cat in an Amsterdam window.

I had lots of fun, yes. And how are you all?

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