Friday, September 27, 2013

our trip to the netherlands: amsterdam, part 2



After a while, we split off from the guys and found our hostel. It was swarming with activity: people speaking different languages lounging in the common areas, walking the halls and gathering around the outside of the buildings. Neither of us had ever stayed at a hostel so we weren't sure what to expect. Quickly we learned there was no soap, no towels, and you had to make the beds yourself. Not a big deal to us, but I'm just warning you in case you ever stay at a hostel ;)

I don't have any pictures of it, but we met up with a cousin of Shayne and her husband that night. Neither of us knew she was living in Amsterdam, but we were excited to get to meet family! Getting to know Tammy & Mike was a lot of fun. The four of us laughed and told stories and learned about each other all night. I'm looking forward to sometime in the future that we'll be able to see them on our Island!! They say within the next ten years.....haha!! Did I mention the rain that night?! We all got SOAKED to the bone. Walking to the Starbucks, running to the pub, and dashing all the way back to the hostel.....slosh, slosh, slosh! After a while we just figured that we were already wet, so we may as well have fun! :)




The next morning Shayne and I walked around the Vondelpark, taking in the "Central Park" of Amsterdam and enjoying the scenery. It was beautiful and quiet and we forgot that we were in the middle of a big city. Thankfully the rain held off!!




Just as the rain began again, we stumbled upon the Mini store and popped in to explore. We "built" our own Mini Cooper and then pretended to take the show model for a spin, until the sales rep tried to convince us to buy! ;) We actually spent a fair bit of time in here. It was fun to look around! 

Eventually we made our way back to the Dam Square, where we took a break. At this point, I wanted to go to the Nieuwe Kerk, but found out it was closed. So, we walked to the Oude Kerk, found out it was also closed AND that we had accidentally ended up in the one part of Amsterdam I had no interest in seeing....the Red Light District. We high-tailed it out of there and decided to go for lunch instead.

Can you see him allllllll the way down there, leaning on the column? That's my Shayne! This shopping plaza happened to have a restaurant on the third floor, so we walked around and then settled down for a delicious meal. No shopping though - this was a ritzy mall, with expensive shops! But it sure was cool to see the architecture!

After lunch, we hopped on a train and headed for Utrecht. More on that to come!

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