Friday—Sunday, 9-11 November 2007
It was high time to get out of
We set out on Friday with the VW packed well. The kids had been prepped a bit for the trip, but they didn’t need much prodding to get out the door, as they really do have an inherent sense of adventure.
A trip to the coast (to the rather posh town of
Saturday evening’s meal was just off the center of the
Any lover of the world’s best beers knows that
Cole has been going through some slight behavior challenges lately, but nothing that any other kid hasn’t experienced. Pushing boundaries, challenging authority…all stuff that grandparents and friends might smile about, but stuff that can drive parents a bit crazy. We certainly experienced a bit of that this weekend. The testing will no doubt continue—one of the joys of parenthood.
After a trip to a local chocolatier for some goodies to bring back to A’dam and one last short walk around the center of
We’ve discovered that in this cashless society, not everyone accepts debit and/or credit cards. If we’re in
Apparently, Belgians (or at least, Antwerpians) don’t buy into the concept that ATM machines should be located on every other city block. I asked, in my worst Flemish (an odd combination of Dutch & French) and best English where to find one. The fourth person I asked politely gave me directions to a location "that I think is only 6.3 blocks from here, on the right, after a laundrymat, next to a trinket store, and close to a pancake house. "
Somehow, I knew that pancakes would be involved again.
A winding brisk walk through
I tried in vain to push the door open, cast a spell to magically turn the lock, and swear in my worst Flemish, but nothing worked...until I went around the corner and found the door that was open. My ATM search had ended. The fifth attempt to navigate the machine were successful, and I headed back to Piratevillage with cash in hand, ready to satisfy the young’uns’ appetites.
At least they didn’t want pancakes.
Tomorrow: Back to school (hooray!); sign up for a mobile phone plan; make Christmas vacation arrangements.