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Today we celebrated our 1st Anniversary! I awoke thinking about our wedding day and all the happy memories that were made. I also reflected on the year past and though there were tough times of transition and difficult learning experiences, there has been so much joy and a deep satisfying love.

We traveled the same route to Amsterdam to complete our itinerary. I had seen an advertisement for a historic tram tour while we were on the tram on Saturday, but when we asked about it today no one knew what it was — not the visitor’s center or the tram drivers. We were redirected several times, but ended up no where! So, that was a bust. We were in Dam Square and decided to make a quick stop at the Nieuwe Kerk, where the monarchs are married and the King or Queen is crowned.

From there we walked to Museumplein and then to the Van Gogh museum. We had to wait in a long line, but I found open wifi and caught up on my email and facebook while we waited. Yay! We got in just before 2pm and spent about two hours getting a Van Gogh education. Good stuff!

We thought we’d take a nice stroll through Vondel Park since we didn’t need to be at our next destination until 5:15. It was a beautiful day and there was a concert in the park, so it was packed with pedestrians and bicyclists! We had to wend through the crowd quickly to get the tram.

Dick made reservations for a candlelight dinner cruise on a canal boat for our anniversary celebration. The captain and his mate (the waitress) were great hosts and the captain obliged our request for some commentary during the ride. He pointed out lots of landmarks and gave us some facts about the city. It was a five course meal made at a fine restaurant and picked up enroute. The food was beautifully presented and delicious! We were able to see a lot of the city by canal and got more of the flavors of Amsterdam. It was a very special and memorable evening.

There may have been a little disagreement on the way home, but I don’t want to remember that or let it mar a day that was otherwise wonderful. Besides, we kissed and made up later. 😉

Today’s curious sightings: a two meter wide house and a cat houseboat both seen from the canal boat. There’s a “one meter” wide house, but as we learned, it’s only one meter wide at the front and then gets bigger. The two meter wide house is two meters all the way through! The cat houseboat is a home for rescued cats.

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