Amsterdam - Netherlands

Trip Start May 22, 2005
Trip End Dec 18, 2005

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Last stop on the Topdeck Tour was Amsterdam, and they did save the best till last. Amsterdam is a beautiful city, full of canals and lots of bike riders. We set off to the red light district for our first night. Most of the group went off to a sex show, but some of us had a bit of a look in the 'window shopping' area and then settled down in a 'coffee shop' for the evening. We eventually made our way back to the hostel and Mel and I sat up chatting in the hallway. The next day Claire, Mel, Dan and I set off to Anne Franks House. It was amazing to be able to go through the bookcase and see the small place that 8 people were living in for 2 years. that had a lot of information there about the people living there and the conditions they were living in. It would have been so scary for a 15 year girl to be stuck inside and with the fear of capture. We did some souvenir shopping in the afternoon and then got dolled up for the last topdeck night out. We went to a Chinese restaurant on the river for dinner and then boarded a boat for a canal cruise. We spent the next 1 1/2 hours cruising around the Amsterdam canals, dancing and drinking and generally having a good time. We headed for a local bar once the cruise was over and everyone danced and played pool and listened to the amazing jazz/blues band that were playing. The next day we packed up for the last time and headed off to Calis in France (via Belgium) to catch the ferry back to the UK. I had such a great time on the tour and saw so many things that I had been dreaming of seeing since i was a kid. The group was great and i have definitely made some life long friends...
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