New friends from far away (once again)!

Anita invited (bought online) a couple of new friends to live with us. They are all the way from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam! Their names are PainterJ (who’s a painter just like Rembrandt, whose many worlds feature in the Rijksmuseum) and AdmiralJ (whose appearance is inspired by a famous naval leader in Dutch history, Admiral Michiel de Ruyter)

Seen here is AdmiralJ admiring (heh heh heh!) PainterJ's landscape.

Seen here is AdmiralJ admiring (heh heh heh!) PainterJ’s landscape.



Traveling to Europe, July 2012

Got back from Europe.  Here are some pictures.

New members of the 9J Family

Here are some new members of the 9J clan.  Most of them have been here since April (when I came back from Holland and Denmark) but are never introduced to you, so here they are!

The story of PrincessJ: One day after seeing the sights of Utrecht, I went back to my hotel and found PrincessJ sitting among the other “Js” on the couch (I changed from a single room to a double room, which included a couch). At first I thought the staff gave me somebody’s bunny by mistake, but my boyfriend said that maybe they saw how much I love bunnies and gave me one more.  I asked the concierge and he said that it was indeed a gift for me.  Later on I found out that PrinecssJ has a tag that says “Princess” on it, and the logo looks like the “Princess” brand kettle in the room!  I think they might have received these gifts from the maker of the kettle.


We topped off the tour with a visit to Keukenhof, which is a internationally famous flower garden in the Netherlands.  So internationally famous that you almost only see tourists inside.

It’s only opened from March to May each year.  This year, the theme was “From Russian with Love,” but honestly I didn’t see anything Russian inside.

This time, I won’t write any captions on the pictures of the beautiful place and just let them do the talking.  If you have any questions about them, please leave them on the comments.

Utrecht again!

We have posted something about Utrecht already, which was the most important thing: our trip to the Dick Bruna Huis.

But there are still sights to be seen:

It’s the Nijntje Pleintje, a little square dedicates to “grandma”!


We took a day trip to Delft when staying in the Hague.  It was Anita’s first time seeing hail.

Vermeer Centrum

Amsterdam, Muiderslot, Den Haag and Scheveningen

This time around: Amsterdam, Muiderslot (castle), Den Haag (the Hague) and Scheveningen (beach community):