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Our trip to Amsterdam for Omar and Péter’s wedding started with another awful Central Trains experience: our Stansted train was first five, then ten minutes late, then cancelled. So off to Bishop’s Stortford by slow train where we jumped in a taxi to the airport (£11 and 15 minutes for future reference!) We felt better after an easy checkin, on-time departure and early arrival into Schiphol, albeit with the now-obligatory 20 minute taxi around the huge outfield before we got to the terminal.

The houseboat is fantastic, equipped with everything we need. Timon recommended a bar on the corner which turned out to be a real gem: Oosterling Slijterij-Tapperij. We had delicious Brand Imperator and Dobbelbock, and slept extremely well afterwards.

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Sadly David was ill so he and Heiko had to cancel. Instead we had an impromptu dinner with Polly & Patrick. I made up my own roast butternut squash and ginger soup, and it turned out delicious. Lovely slow shoulder of lamb, courtesy of the Two Fat Ladies but modified for the clay pot. Graham’s fruit salad with naughty biscuit curls from M&S. It was a lovely to catch up with my cousin.

Patrick brought a lovely bottle of Gigondas and we followed it with The Black Stump Durif Shiraz, both going really well with the rich lamb dish.

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