When the canals begin to freeze, Amsterdam seems to go revert to days gone by. As I walked down Keizersgracht yesterday, I was reminded of all the old Dutch paintings in the Rijksmusem (minus the frozen bikes). 

Today is Christmas Eve. I'll be spending tomorrow with a whole bunch of other Christmas orphans. And Marty and Mariko too, who just arrived this morning from London. They were lucky to get through- there's been so many flight cancellations because of the snow. I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and if you or your loved ones have to travel, may their journeys be swift and stress-free.

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