Monday, September 17, 2007

ChocolateBet: September 12, 2006

The Beginning of Chocolate Banquet - Chocolate of the Day

I'm still in Amsterdam, wrapping up some business at a technology conference. All I have time for today is to grab a little wrapped square of chocolate from my hotel room. It is branded "Artemis Hotel" and is a nice chocolate.

While I've done a lot of walking this week -- taking various modes of public transportation to and from the RAI conference center (and admiring all the bicycle riders/commuters along the canal-side bike paths - very peaceful really), it's probably wise to keep to smaller chocolate servings, I mumble to myself. I'm not at all sure that this stingy little sentiment is consistent with the "living large" philosophy of my chocolate bet, so I'll have to think about that on the plane ride home to California tomorrow.

It's been great seeing bits of Amsterdam through bus, cab and tram windows. I wish I had time to take a vacation day to go out to see some windmills, and more chocolate of course.

Chocolate has become amazingly global. I wonder how many countries I'll end up being able to "visit" indirectly (only in my chocolate dreams I'm afraid for many of them) this year. For a substance that started out as a foamy drink in a central american jungle, it's come a long way.

Chocolate of the Day:
1 piece/small square
"Artemis Hotel" (not sure who actually made it)
Artemis Hotel, Amsterdam

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