Monday, December 7, 2015

A Short Stop in Amsterdam!

Every year on the way back from India, we try to make a stop on the return flights route.  This year our itinerary flew us through Amsterdam.  Neither one of us have been to this city, so we planned a two night stop.  The Lord provided us a lovely room with a beautiful view.  The weather however, did not cooperate.  It was rainy, cold, and rainy.  Did I mention rainy???  We had just come from India where it was warm, sunny, smoky, and dry!  Also, we had neglected to pack clothing for the weather in Amsterdam.  Our plane landed at 730 a.m. and we found our shuttle to the hotel quite easily.  There was a break in the clouds in the afternoon and we took advantage of this and the terrific tram system.  I would have loved to ride one of the millions of bikes, but the temperature was not conducive enough for me!  We were able to work through some of our jet lag before boarding the plane and arriving back in Ohio the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving!
View from our room.
Bicycle is the preferred mode of travel here.
Even though it was winter, the flower market was breathtaking!
Lovely narrow streets!
Found a true kindred spirit as we walked the streets!
The main shopping square
Their Central Station
More bikes
The Palace
Even more bikes!
I'm smiling, but my toes are numb and I just barely jumped out of the bike path in time!
The life saving tram system of Amsterdam!

Goodnight, Amsterdam!

Jammu

What a wonderful time we had in Jammu!  So many new faces and this time we were blessed to stay in our friends home instead of in a hotel.  Neha can really cook!  She is a gracious pastor's wife who tried to anticipate and meet our every need.  There was no running hot water and yet she always had hot water ready in the evening and in the morning for anyone that needed to wash up.  We taught classes, fellowshipped, and ate!  Before we knew it, our time was over and we were being whisked onto a plane headed for Delhi!
My new Indian grandson, Ashish
Some of the ladies who attended my classes.
I would go on the roof in the morning and this little girl would wave at me!
Randy teaching with an interrupter.
Innocence
Being honored by my sweet interpreter, Pranita.
Just a family out for a drive!
Dear beloved, Neha!
Wonderful Family
A Christian Warrior!
Mother and Son
Grandma and Ashish
One last picture on the way out the door!