Our time in Amsterdam was unforgettable for many reasons. But I think the thing that will stick with me the most about this vacation was the experience of meeting my internet friends in person. We come from far-reaching corners of the world and it was really incredible that we somehow were able to make this meet-up happen. And it seemed so effortless! I have known some of these friends for longer than others but the friendship that has grown with each of them individually via Twitter, Flickr, & Facebook means something to me. However, one can only know a person so well online. I think in general I had a sense that they are all good people – that I think a person can figure out pretty quickly online. But there is something missing about the person you get to know online. Meeting these wonderful people in person filled in those missing blanks. Kind of like coloring in a comic or something. Or maybe even animating it and bringing it to life. It’s nice.
In short: I highly recommend meeting your internet friends in person, even if you have to travel thousands of miles to do it. It’s worth it!
Amsterdam was incredible too. I didn’t fall in love with the city like I did with Paris, but I really really like it a lot. I think about it a lot and I want to go back and experience more of it.
Finally, here is a video that I made about our trip. Amsterdam in 48 seconds: