Safe and Sound!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2012
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Monday, December 17, 2012

Hey everyone,

We have arrived safely to the beautiful and eclectic city of Amsterdam, and have begun our journey across the continent of Europe. After spending a relaxing and productive weekend at Robyn's house with her parents in Latham New York, we ventured down to JFK for our departure on Sunday evening at 8pm. Our flight was ontime, but due to heavy flight traffic, we did not get airborn for close to an hour after we were scheduled to take off. Once in the air we had about a 5 1/2 hr flight from JFK to Iceland and arrived around 7:20am (5:20 EST). Due to our delay, we had only minutes to run for our connecting flight in Reykjavik, where the sun does not rise until 11:30am, and sets around 3:30pm during this time of the year. However, once aboard our flight, we had a relaxing 3 hr flight from Iceland to Amsterdam, where we got to see a beautiful sunrise over the snowy mountains of Scotland. We arrived in Amsterdam around 12pm (6:00 EST), where we geared up our packs, boarded an intercity train, and headed for the downtown area where our hostel is located. The weather is cloudy with patches of rain, and in the mid 40's. After hiking up 2 flights of crazy steep steps, we got settled, freshened up, and explored some of the city. We spent a few hours walking around the streets, exploring some neat canals, bridges, and alleys that all were lined with beautiful Dutch homes and cobble streets. The first thing you have to learn is that people on bicycles are fearless and will run you down if you don't look both ways before crossing the street! It only took a few close calls to get that one down flat.

It has been a long day of traveling, but first impressions are that this is going to be a lot of fun, and we hope to share as much of it with you as possible. Thank you all for not only reading this but for your well wishes and love.


Robyn, Jesse, Matt

(written by Matt, 12/17/12)
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Peggy Wallace on

so jealous..... and glad that you have made it safely....thanks for the update and have FUN

Janet & Dick on

Happy to hear that you arrived safely . . Love the pictures! Stay safe, have fun!

Siri Beckman on

Great photo of the sunrise. Glad you have crossed the Big Puddle with no problems.

David M on

Thanks for the update; I'm envious. Looking forward to following the adventure!

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