Well, we made it back from Amsterdam! There were a few times I wasn’t sure that we would. Haha. I had a great time though. Amsterdam is absolutely beautiful and I loved just walking around, seeing all the buildings and canals and drinking coffee (and wine).
On Friday I got to go to the Anne Frank House, an incredible experience. I got to see all the rooms of the house and where they hid for two years. Each of the rooms had quotes from her diary on the wall and explanations of who had stayed there. As amazing as it was to see, I definitely felt very somber and heartbroken walking through and thinking about what that family and so many others had to go through during that time.
On Saturday I got to go to the amazing Van Gogh museum! There were so many beautiful paintings and many of them had explanations on what inspired him to paint them. I was a little disappointed when I realized The Starry Night wasn’t actually there (it’s in the Museum of Modern Art in New York) but there were several paintings I hadn’t seen before that I absolutely loved!
Probably the best thing to happen on the trip was on Sunday, when I took a train to The Hague to see one of the houses my grandma lived in as a child. I was really nervous to go, especially by myself, considering that I don’t speak Dutch and my phone only works on wifi. I was afraid I’d get on the wrong train or end up lost somewhere. But I made it! I had lunch at a little cafe and then walked to the house. I almost had a meltdown because right before I got there my phone stopped working and I wasn’t able to take any pictures. Luckily I figured out how to reset it – although not before a few tears were shed. 😉 My dad and grandma had told me that I should knock on the door and see if I could go in the house, which I wasn’t sure I felt comfortable with. But then when I got there and thought about how far I’d already come, I didn’t really want to just leave without even trying. And I’m so glad I did! The man who lived there was so nice and showed me the whole house, telling me lots of stories along the way. It was an amazing experience!
We had a blast the rest of the time in Amsterdam as well and got to see a lot of really cool places. It’s definitely incredibly different from Oklahoma City, or any city I’ve ever been to for that matter. The Red Light District is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. While I’m so glad that I got to travel there, it’s definitely not somewhere that I could ever live. Now London on the other hand…:)
Well, it’s almost midnight here and I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I’m spending the day in London before we leave for Paris and then Barcelona! I feel like I’ve barely had time to rest, but I can’t wait for the adventures we’ll have in those cities!