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... a tram, walked, and then stood in the rain for over an hour - but it was so worth it! When we booked our trip way back in January, I knew this was something I wanted to see and I decided to read the book which I had only ever read inserts from. Seeing it in person, after feeling the emotions from reading the book was such a humbling experience. Anne Frank lives on through her diary, and is such an inspiration for keeping faith through even the most unimaginably ...
We found the iamsterdam sign and took a few obligatory photos. Seeing the sign was the moment I really realised that I was here. As it was so early, we thought it would be a good idea to go and line up at the Rijks museum. Lucky we did because we were about 10th in the line and by the time we got in there were at least 100 people behind us!!! The Rijks museum was amazing, full of lots of art, statues, furniture, weapons, instruments, everything!! We saw some Van Gogh ...
... li>Mon 17/11/14
- I woke up and went for a walk to find a place that did Laundry. The directions that the guy from the hostel gave me were **** because I couldn't find the place. I went pack and asked another person. I eventually found it.
- Afterwards I grabbed a sandwich and headed to the bike hire place and hired a bike (it wasn't raining today for a change).
- I cycled around the outskirts of the city. I now understand why there are so many bikes ...
... before finally getting inside. It was a sober and humbling experience, to see the location of the true story in real life. Photos were not allowed, so we can't show you what it was like - you'll just have to come and see for yourself! Trying to find somewhere for dinner was a bit tricky. Being in Amsterdam, certain restaurants had menus that were perhaps not quite what we wanted to give to the kids! Some very extensive blackboard menu's were passed...what appeared to be as ...
... that sometimes I don't have time to realize that this is real.
Another highlight of the day was meeting Maire Cobac and Robina Nawrath, MAP 1 and our hosts for the next two days. I felt we were meeting celebrities after hearing so much about them! We had an unforgettable evening watching the Netherlands - Mexico game and ending in a Spanish restaurant cheering with Sangria.