Our first excursion was to Amsterdam yesterday. We took a canal tour, walked through the Red Light District, and got stuck in the city for an extra three hours. We discovered that if there was any city that we would get ran over in, it would be in Amsterdam. So many bikes and cars and mopeds and just tons of people were all over the streets. It gave new meaning to look both ways before crossing the road.
Fun fact: An average of one automobile falls into the water every week!
We all took a canal tour on this boat. As we went through the city, we learned about the history of Amsterdam.
Michelle, Denis, Giancarlo, and I on the boat
One fun fact I learned on the canal tour is that all of the houses have hooks coming off of the gables. When the homes were first built, they were taxed based on their width so the staircases and doors were too narrow to bring furniture through. They still use these hooks whenever someone moves to bring large furniture in through the windows.
They built this in the shape of a ship.
Amsterdam’s coffee house
Amsterdam’s central bus station – About 100,000 passengers come through this station every day.
the Dam Palace
Michelle and I in front of the palace
I walked through the Red Light District, but I wasn’t interested in taking any pictures except for this one lol.
I really enjoyed listening to this talented group of street performers. As I walked by, they were playing “Putting on the Ritz.”
I was really disappointed that I did not have enough time to go into the Anne Frank house. The line was very long so we couldn’t make it back to the bus in time. I was grateful to at least see the outside of it.
Our bus back to Aachen ended up being 3 hours late so we had time to go to a Café/Bar where I legally bought my first beer with friends.