Monday, June 4, 2012

Durkin's come to Holland

Last week my good friend Nora and her Husband Mike came to visit Brent and I.  Nora and I met on the very first day of freshman orientation at the U of M.  We roomed together that night and stayed up until the early hours of the morning talking.  Needless to say, not much has changed.  Their first night here we were up past midnight catching up.  
They were here from Sunday evening until Thursday morning.  We spent the days touring Utrecht and Amsterdam and the evenings having good meals with lots of laughs! 

The boys doing their best GQ pose in the garden 

The Durkins 

Durkins and Andersons

 Relaxing at the park before dinner.  

Brent's brother Ross and his wife Katie joined us for dinner on Monday night before the flew home on Tuesday morning. 

 On the way home from dinner we walked through the park.  Brent was really excited to find this swing.  With the backpack on he looks like he is at recess

On Tuesday I took Nora and Mike into Amsterdam.  We did a lot of walking around, and the usual things for the first time in the city(red light district, flower market and canals).

 Before we could hop on a canal tour I took them to a cheese shop where they could sample to their hearts delight.  Seriously, the cheese is so good!

 Nora and I waiting for the canal boat

 A replica of an old dutch trading ship that sank on its maiden voyage.  A group of people volunteered to recreate it for display in the harbor. 

A clock tower that is famous in Amsterdam because the clock never worked, well what is the point of a clock tower then!

There are a lot of street performers in Amsterdam, this one created this dog out of sand on the sidewalk.
Dinner the last night at our favorite Italian restaurant(Brent was there too, he's just taking the pic :))

Also, I got my first haircut in Utrecht courtesy of Nora!  She did a great job and I am very thankful!

Thanks for visiting Nora and Mike!  We hope you enjoyed your time here as much as we did!

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