and to think i thought my heart was its fullest yesterday.
today we went to de big in rotterdam. it is my favorite place to eat in the city- we have gone here since i was born. the walk to de big is beautiful- you are surrounded by a big forest as you walk to this gezeelig little restaurant. you know that feeling you get when something feels like home? thats the feeling i have here. the same two ladies and their son/grandson have run this pannenkoeken house for over 20 years. dogs roam the restaurant and forest and it it the best feeling. it was so special to bring nick here for the first time and tell him about all the sweet memories that have been made. nick and i ordered pannenkoeken- nicks with rum & raisins and mine with stripe. mama and oma enjoyed their house famous soup. we also enjoyed a glass of gluwien - a warm spiced wine. such a yummy start to the day.
following our delicious breakfast mama took nick on a little tour of rotterdam. we brought him around to all of the importance places in our live- mama's past schools, the house where i was born, our favorite shops, bars, etc. we then followed our afternoon tour with a drink at loos- rotterdam. this was one of my opa's favorite cafe's. nick and i enjoyed a beer and mama and oma a coffee. i loved this cafe- i love how much the dutch enjoy their days. the dutch live much much different than the americans. a much slower and enjoyed pace of life.
following our afternoon borreltje -we drove past schorem - a trendy barber in rotterdam where nick wants to get his hair cut. we then went home and nick and i walked to a local patat shack and enjoyed an afternoon patat met bitterballen. following our delicious afternoon we sat down for a dutch meal - zuurkool met worst- sauerkraut mash with potatoes and sausage. i then prepared the dough for the homemade bread that i will make tomorrow with a vegetable soup.
today was such a sweet day- filled with so many firsts for my sweet husband. i am so thankful for this trip and all the experiences that it has put in our way. it has already taught nick so much more about me than he ever knew. tomorrow will be filled with rain, tea, good company and lots of different beers.