I always think to myself that I would love to be a travel blogger, but yet although I have been lucky enough to visit five foreign countries this year I have written zero posts if I remember correctly. Good job Katie, well done.
In an attempt to rectify this, I’ll be going through some of the more memorable moments from our recent trips. Starting with Amsterdam Freedam Tours from our trip to the Netherlands!
The tour started out on a high note when I discovered Maryland Turf in my pocket. For those who are not in the know, my sophomore year our Quidditch team played a tournament at UMD on a turf field that was not so much a turf field but tennis courts covered in little bits of shredded green plastic. The cold air created a lot of static cling and we basically were covered in the stuff from head to toe. We all stuck our dirty clothes in the laundry and hoped for the best. Four years later we are still finding turf. I find Maryland turf in my house. The house that was built AFTER the tournament took place. I found turf in a coat I have worn hundreds of times and now wore on a different continent. I will be finding this stuff until I die.
That has nothing whatsoever to do with this tour review, but needed to be shared with the world.
Anyway, on to the tour. We started near Oude Kerk, which translates to Old Church, so named because it is an old church. The Dutch are very literal minded in terms of names. Our tour guide was Sergio. He used to be a history teacher, then he decided to found his own tour company. It was a good choice! He was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable, and he combined the right mix of humor, history, and personal accounts to give a full picture of historical and modern Amsterdam.
We had taken walking tours before in a few other cities, and really enjoyed them. My dad did some research and found really good reviews on this company, and best of all it was *free* for a recommended tip of 10 euro.
We got to see some cool sites and almost got run over by lots of bikes. Sergio taught us the Amsterdam phrase “Hear the bell, run like hell.” He was right. Cars and buses were pretty good about giving way, but those bikers man. If you showed the slightest hesitation they would plow through you. This wouldn’t be a big thing in some places, but I cannot overemphasis the sheer number of bikes in this city. I have never seen so many bikes in my whole life.
In addition to a great tour, we also got cookies, and as everyone knows free food is the best.
This was probably my favorite thing we did in Amsterdam. If you’re going to be there, I wholeheartedly recommend this tour. That said check the weather and wear or bring layers! I had enough layers that I was comfy, but my parents were chilly.
Stay magical readers!