Rotterdam: Random thoughts

“Most Americans go to Amsterdam.  Why are you visiting Rotterdam?”

This question was posed to Dale and I by a nice young man, a native Rotterdammer sitting next to us on the train from London, and he had a valid point. If you had asked us a few weeks ago what we knew about Rotterdam, we would have said, “Not much.”

I couldn’t have told you what country it was in or where it was located on a map or what things it’s known for. Based on the sound of its name, I guessed that it might be in Germany, or maybe in one of the Nordic countries. I never would have gotten the Netherlands correct because, sadly, I didn’t know much about the Netherlands either.

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London: The British Museum

Our afternoon spent in this exciting museum

A relic from the Elgin marbles

Dale and I were kids when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, and it captivated us both. Exotic locales, tomb raiding, lost treasure, mummies—who wouldn’t want to be Indiana Jones? Archeology became a childhood dream for both of us.

So when we visited the British Museum, with its eight million relics, we were like kids in a candy store. The museum’s collection is the most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world, with endless artifacts related to world history, culture, and art. It possesses some of the most historically and culturally significant artifacts ever, including the Rosetta Stone and a large portion of surviving artwork from the Parthenon.  For these reasons, it is one of the most popular museums in the world.

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London: Random thoughts about our first visit

A summary of our trip to Great Britain’s amazing capital city

London is fantastic.

It’s also over-stimulating, overwhelming, and exciting.  But most of all, it’s fantastic.

Here are the things we loved most about it:

It’s one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet. It’s home to over nine million people (the metro area has a population of greater than 13 million) and numerous nationalities and ethnicities, with a large immigrant population. Over 300 languages are spoken here.   We found it fascinating to listen to the dizzying array of languages being spoken around us on the trains and streets and in the cafes and museums.

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