Friday, February 14, 2020
Today was the day of the highly anticipated Webb Regional Meeting. To start off our day of Webbies, the three of us left work a little early at 4pm and walked over the Euromast Bridge to the hotel, De Rotterdam.
Once, there we made our way to the Sky Bar to meet with Paulo Almeida '95. Once there Chris, Max, and Rob arrived with Rob's high school friend. We also met a couple new Webbies: Gabriel Poritz '15 and Cody Owen '15. A little before 6pm, we all left the hotel and took the subway to Mark Martecchini's house. Once there we enjoyed some appetizers and met some more alumni. We saw Tim and Will again and we met Leah Sosa '08, Julian Nedermaier 'E17, Robert Bunnel '77, Gabriel Weymouth '01, and his daughter. Of course, we also caught up with President Keith Michel '73 before we all left for the restaurant, Dewi Sri Centrum. To get there, Mark Martecchini set up two water taxis that took us around the river area, including a little detour to gaze at the SS Rotterdam. At the restaurant, we had a wonderful meal and listened to the presentation on the new academic center. We also had some nice conversation that didn't end until about 11:30pm when we finally left the restaurant. We then traveled in a pack of 15 to Witte de Withstraat. From there we stayed on that street while we slowly lost members of our party. Eventually, we ended with a group of 9 to walk back to our apartments. Chris and Max split off to go to their apartment, and the rest came with us. Tim and Julian were staying in Linda's and my apartments, and Rob and his friend were staying at Duane's. Although, Duane dropped his stuff off at Linda's apartment before leaving, and once we got back they just decided to stay.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
The next morning we woke up a little before noon, and the seven of us went to Tensai Ramen for lunch. After lunch, we said goodbye to Tim and Julian. The rest of us wandered over to the area around the Markthal and looked around the Cube Houses. There we met up with Max. At that point, Rob and his friend went back to Amsterdam and Duane went back to his apartment. Max, Linda, and I decided to take this day and check out the windmills. We initially wanted to take a ferry, but it was already too late in the day. Instead, we took the subway and then the bus. It was a little windy, but the Kinderdijk was still so peaceful.
When we arrived back in Rotterdam, we met up with Duane at the Markthal. While we waited for Duane to show up, Max and I tried herring at one of the stands inside. Then we all settled into Elliniko, a greek restaurant. We accidentally gained a free appetizer, fried cheese, which was a very nice way to end this day.
[Duane] This day was a slow day by force. It was a calming day. Had a nice dinner with Shannon, Max, and Linda. A very necessary chill day.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
[Linda] Sunday morning, I visited the Maritime Museum, which is only about a 15 minute walk from my apartment. I then went to the center of town to do a little shopping. In the afternoon, I met up with a new friend I had made from Rotterdam, and we enjoyed high tea at the Nieuw Rotterdams Café. In the evening, I met up with my friend from Delft and we had dinner.
[Duane] This day was my only day in Europe where I stayed home and did nothing. I did not step foot outside of my apartment. It was nice.
[Shannon] My day was similar to Duane's, a chill day at home.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Monday was nice. We went to eat dinner at the Euromast. They had some very delicious food, and it wasn't too expensive either. It was generally, a very nice night other than the pouring rain that had us take an Uber back home.
February 18-20, 2020
This week was business as usual. I think this is when it hit me that we only had a couple weeks left in Europe, so we all started to gear up for our last weekend.