We’ve been in Maastricht long enough to get comfortable, and a product of that is starting to explore the restaurant scene. I’d heard about Witloof, a highly recommended Belgian place, but it quickly moved up in priority once I saw a picture of their beer cellar.
May (okay, we’re a little behind) happens to be bursting with German holidays; fine by me, as it means lots of travel opportunities! It was especially fortuitous because Carolyn (Chris’s real sister and my soul sister) decided to take a jaunt to Ireland for a week, and it just so happened that I had a long weekend that gave us the chance to meet up. Add the fact that I have long wanted to visit the Irish homeland, and this was truly a concordant crossroads!
Here’s the second half of our Berlin adventure…which involved getting out of Berlin for most of the day. 😀 We had read that Potsdam was a cool place to visit if you had the time to get out there, and Mere had fond memories from her visit there with her mom when she was in high school. So, Saturday morning we grabbed some goodies at a local bakery and hopped on a city train to go check it out!
…’cause we went to Berlin. Get it? GET IT?!? Credit for this trip actually goes to our friends Caylie & Dan. Caylie got in touch with us awhile ago, saying that she and Dan were planning a stay in Prague, along with a side trip or two. Mere would just be starting training, so an extended stay in Prague was out, but we could totally do a weekend in Berlin!
Not really; classic misdirection! It’s kinda been glossed over in this forum, but I like to play ultimate frisbee *a lot*. Mere (being the wonderful wife that she is) indulges me in the occasional weekend tournament, so one weekend in April we drove up to Ghent for their G-Spot tournament.
On April Fool’s Day, it was an exceptionally nice day for Maastricht that time of year, so I decided to go for a run through the park close to our apartment. The April Fool’s part is notable because I sent Mere a picture of this memorial I came across, fully expecting that she would think I was messing with her:
Today’s wifi haven is brought to you by Boekhandel Dominicanen, a 700 year-old Dominican church that’s been converted to an absolutely stunning bookstore. Seriously, guys, Maastricht is the fairy taleiest of fairy tale cities. This place is so cool. It’s a Gothic design, and was desanctified in 1794 when Napoleon’s army rolled through and confiscated the building for military purposes. The architects did an fantastic job of creating a usable space that doesn’t impact the incredible atmosphere inside the building. Not having internet at the house is still a giant pain in the ass, but having such lovely venues in which to take technological refuge definitely takes the edge off.
The day after our Weezer throwback experience in Amsterdam, we had plans to meet Eric, Heather, & Junie at Keukenhof, the annual tulip festival of the Netherlands. We had vague ideas of wandering through endlessly varied tulip fields, but it turns out that the event actually goes down at the immaculately manicured gardens just outside of Arnoud.
One of the cool things about being an easy train ride away from Amsterdam is that there’s a lot of potential to see some great musical acts. We had some plans in north Holland anyway, so we tacked on an extra night in Amsterdam and got tickets for the Weezer show at Heineken Music Hall.
Continuing our Israel adventure! Per Oren & Cass’s (look them up at 42nd Class!) recommendation, on Easter Sunday morning Mere & I met up with a guide outside of the Jaffa Gate for a tour of Jerusalem’s Old City.