I'm trying to psych myself into believing this 18 hour flight isn't that bad by remembering that 100 years ago it was completely unimaginable that you'd be able to travel from the US to a remote island in Asia in less than a day.
I had a couple hours in DC before my flight so I went to the International Spy Museum! It was a pretty fun collection of exhibits and random artifacts from the last couple hundred years of espionage history.
The things people carry on their bikes in Amsterdam never cease to amaze me. In just 15 minutes at this cafe I've seen people carrying: a guitar, children, a rug, grocery bags, a suitcase, two large dogs, a bouquet, four cases of wine. I love how absolutely normal it is too.