amsterdam day 4. today i did ALL THE THINGS. i rode a bicycle 25 miles (round trip) to the city of Marken (northeast of Amsterdam). as i am a solo female traveler, it's been a major goal of mine to NOT get lost. well, today i got lost. and THANK GOD i did because i happened upon the most gorgeous little bike path! i had cute little canal bungalows on my right and farmland on my left. the ride was mostly perfect save for these few things: there were so many gnats they were actually hitting me like hail - COVERED in them; IN my shirt, bra, everything. that was gross. also, i got rained on. and lastly, my bum hurts so badly i can barely sit on it. this is no joke.
while in marken, i approached a nice looking couple enjoying some sweet treat in a local restaurant and marched right up to them and asked what they were eating. Dutch apple pie, my friends. i don't even like apple pie and this pastry/cake was the most supremely fantastic dessert. i also drank a legit hit chocolate (as in, not powdered). it was so good! i went to the local gift shop and bought the CUTEST hat/scarf set! a local woman in marken knits them, and they are beautiful!
tonight i went to the opera with my new friend Trudi. but not before stopping for fast food from a vending machine of sorts (FEBO) for dinner. pretty sure that's what ALL the fancy opera goers do before show - who needs 5 courses and wine when you can get a cheeseburger from a tiny plastic window for 2 euros. ok, public service announcement - the decision to go to the opera SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. that opera was FOUR HOURS long, and the most expensive nap i've ever had (i was asleep for almost the entire second act). it actually was lovely and the opera singers were shockingly talented, but FOUR HOURS... consider yourself warned 😉
i leave this city tomorrow, and i'm really quite sad about it. i WILL be back!!! thanks for the incredible and unforgettable memories, Amsterdam!
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