Today we went to Amsterdam. The day started with trying to find the train station. We figured it was better to take the train in than drive. Turns out it was a good decision. Amsterdam is busy.
The ticket machine wouldn’t accept our credit card so we got on the train without a ticket since we were told the conductor would sell us tickets. No one came. We got on the train, changed to another train at the Schiphol airport and got off in Amsterdam. Seems we got to ride the train there for free!
What a city, beautiful and old. And yet, it is quite modern. Waterways run throughout. We went on a 3 hour bike tour. This is a great way to see the city. Our tour guide stopped at various spots to point out interesting things. The only parti didn’t like was that it took us through the red light district. It was frightening and the whole neighborhood smelled like marijuana! The tour didn’t specify that we would go through the district and we had our kids with us. I told them to just look straight ahead and not look at anything!
We did do one thing afte our bike tour. We found the Anne Frank House and went through. It was moving. See the small space that they lived in and what it was like to be Jews hiding from the Nazis during World War II. If you haven’t hear of her, look her up and read her diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl”. We must never forget the past, lest we repeat it.