Our first day in Amsterdam was quite fun. We wandered a lot, saw their amazing library (and enjoyed a nice beverage on the libraries rooftop terrace cafe) and had a fantastic Indonesian meal. We're having a few struggles with Amsterdam's public transportation system (worst so far we've seen in Europe, I'd say), but nothing unmanageable and they seem to be aware of the inconsistencies because there are always men in yellow information vests on hand to help.
I think I forgot to record here a couple of our other cool German experiences from Munich and Ulm (this was about a week ago). In Munich we saw first their Olympic Stadium grounds, which they've turned into a great public park with concerts and festivals and lots of play areas for kids. Too many Olympic villages get abandoned and left to decay - it's nice to see one in such great shape almost 30 years after it was used. The next morning in Munich we had breakfast on Marienplatz, in front of their cool old church, and then walked the grounds of the old palace and the English Garden. It is a beautiful city and when we come back to Europe we will spend more than just one night there.
Later that day we visited Ulm and climbed the tallest church steeple in the world, 750 steps up a spiral staircase. It was very cool. Then we had lunch at about the most traditionally German restaurant ever, where we mis-ordered what turned out to be delightfully light meals.
Now we are going to have a picnic breakfast and then head back into Amsterdam (we're staying on the perimeter because of our car) for a fun day of exploring. Just a few days left of our trip!