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.
I just discovered a disturbing real-world vulnerability by accident.
A couple hours after checking in to my hotel, I went back to the front desk and said "I need to add someone to my room because her flight gets in late this evening." The clerk asked my room number, and I told her and also said my name. A few seconds later, after asking me to spell the name to add, there's a new name on my room reservation. Nowhere in this process did she check my ID.
Did I accidentally socially engineer my way into adding an unrelated name onto a room reservation?