Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Netherlands

June 20, 2013 5:30 PM—Amsterdam

Yesterday we arrived in Amsterdam. This city really reminds me of somewhere. It is a cross between New York (which used to be New Amsterdam, so I guess that makes sense), Las Vegas (except there are no casinos here), Venice (except this city has cars), and Prague. I can't say there is anything really special about this city, but its pretty nice nonetheless. It isn't even a really old city like most other European cities. And besides the sex workers and the drugs, there isn't much that I think I will really remember here. Although, again, I can't say I don't like it here. It does have some charm.

When we arrived yesterday we started off by going to the Anne Frank House. This was the house where Anne Frank, her parents, her sister, another family, and a family friend hid for 2 years during World War II. Anne's father, being the only survivor of the group, returned to Amsterdam after the war and eventually assisted in setting up the house and the one next door as a museum. So you can actually see the rooms where they hid. As for the rest of the day yesterday, we got some food and came back to our hostel.

The Anne Frank House

This morning we didn't really do a whole lot until about 11 when we went to take a free city tour. This city tour showed us many of the main sites of the city, but as I said, this city doesn't seem to have many sites. Nonetheless, it was nice to be guided around to different parts of the city and to hear about the history of the city. After the tour, we went to a small Dutch cafe where we got something to eat. I had a sort of Dutch specialty, bacon pancakes. These are pancakes with bacon in them. This may not sound appetizing but I know I always enjoy my pancakes with bacon. So why not just bake them right in the pancake.

Tomorrow Dad is due to fly back to Philly while I'm taking the ferry from here to Newcastle, England. Finally I'm returning to the land of native English speakers. Although I've gotten so used to non-native English speakers and how to talk to them that I just can't imagine that aspect to be that exciting. Besides that, I am excited to go back to the UK. I really liked studying in London 5 years ago and I'm really interested to see what the northern part of England has to offer.

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