Yesterday, for the third time this week, it snowed. Being a metric system country, the Dutch measure snow in cm instead of inches as I’m used to. Earlier this week, we got 3 cm, which is about 1.1 inches, and yesterday we got 5 cm more.
In St. Louis, when it snows more than half an inch, everything shuts down (or so it seems). People don’t go into work, they only go to grocery stores to get basics, and life generally pauses. Not so here in Amsterdam. People continued to bike through the quickly-falling snow (though some folks did give up and just push their bikes). Roxy and I decided a full day sitting in the apartment was not appealing, so we hopped on the tram and went to Albert Cuyp, since she needed to buy some yarn for a few scarves she’s knitting.
The market was as busy as ever, with only a few stalls closed due to the weather. The rumor is that Albert Cuyp is the largest day-time market in all of Europe, and I believe it. As has become our custom after shopping in the cold, we went into a cafe for a hot chocolate (me) and a Carmel Mocha (Roxy).
From there, we took the tram north a stop or two into the Centrum, and got off at the Herengracht. It was as pretty as a postcard, but the canals almost always are. We walked up the street and ended up at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market). From there, we did some shopping, and walked down to Dam Square.
From Dam Square we took our normal route down the shopping streets, before making a quick detour into De Jordaan neighborhood, and then heading back home via bus from Centraal Station. We had nothing to eat at home, so we ordered some takeout from a little Italian Place up the street from us (Pizzeria Vendijk), and we walked Churchill up to get it.