Starting year 3 of being a geographical gypsy. From San Francisco to Amsterdam and back. Where next? Only the wind knows.....
Monday, August 4, 2008
The Dutch love their flowers!
I wrote a month or so ago about a really nice woman I met at the Sheraton at the airport. She sent me a gift of some magnets and offered to have a drink with me one night since I didn't know anyone in Amsterdam.
We finally got together for a drink and decided to meet at my house. When I opened the door she was carrying this beautiful bouquet of flowers. It's very Dutch to bring flowers to someone's house as a gift and I love the tradition.
Flowers are the one thing I've discovered here that are cheaper than in the US - even with the exchange rates. There's a flower shop on every corner and the quality is impeccable. I've heard that the Dutch are one of the world's largest flower exporters, so I guess it makes sense.
We enjoyed chatting for several hours on a patio at a neighborhood bar and I'm sure I'll get together with her again. She was SO much fun and coincidentally is dating a man that lives 10 minutes from Reston, VA. Maybe someday we'll find ourselves having lunch together at Wegmans (a place we both love). :-)