Hello dear readers! Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Lar’s post. We have so many more photos to show from my visit to Edinburgh, but I’m starting backwards with the last night of my trip, alone, in Amsterdam.
There’s nothing like having a twelve hour layover in a foreign city at night right after saying good-bye to your twin sister. My only solace was that I got to stay at the CitizenM hotel right by the airport in Amsterdam.
When I found the hotel through Trip Advisor, I had no idea how cool it was. Had I checked out the CitizenM site ahead of time, I would have had some inkling. Turns out it was perfect for a layover (the M stands for “mobile”) in a foreign country after saying good-bye to your twin sister. I was able to distract myself with the brightly-colored decor, lobby bar and all the high tech, compact touches in the room.
The video I made below was really just to show Troy and my parents what the room looked like, but I decided to include it in this post because it’s much easier to show you the room than explain it. There’s even a second video on our YouTube channel that I took about an hour later. Feel free to watch if you want to hear my high-pitched voice again and see some more out of focus views.
The photo of the hallway below makes it look creepy, but I promise it’s not. It’s very cheery in fact.
The cell phone/remote-looking thing below is what controls everything in the room: the lighting, the temperature, the blinds, the shades, TV and the alarm clock.
The room had this little guy on the bed (below). Everyone I showed these photos to thought it was creepy, but I thought it was cute. I was so tempted to buy one in the shop in the lobby, but it would just get chewed up by my dogs at home.
So if you ever find yourself in Amsterdam (there’s a second CitizenM in the city center), London or Glasgow, I highly recommend that you stay at least one night at CitizenM. Let me know how you like it!
Those ten days with you in Edinburgh were so wonderful! You and Matt were the best hosts! I keep thinking that if I could come visit you once a month, then it wouldn’t be so bad being so far apart from each other. I’m sure Matt would love that - ha! I’m going to start playing the lottery now so I can make that happen, ok?
You should go Glasgow and stay at the CitizenM for one night with Matt just for fun. You could consider it research for your design work because the CitizenM branding is awesome. Even the shampoo bottles have awesome CitizenM messages on them.
Look, twin poufs!!!
Love and miss you!
PS: I just finished my last Tunnock Tea Cake that I brought home. One more reason to come back and see you