On Friday morning we called a taxi at 4 am to kick off our journey to Amsterdam! We were flying out of Liverpool and into Amsterdam. We will be spending our next four days traveling in Amsterdam. We are going to be staying with a host family through some connections. She has been extremely polite and helpful, giving us recommendations on where to eat, what to see, and making us breakfasts! I am so thankful she has been willing to help us all out and offer us a place to stay! She also has two high school kids who are thrilled to have Americans visiting!
After getting settled in we took the subway into downtown to get the lay of the land. Once we were in the heart of the city, we all got lunch. This is the first time we have had to overcome any language barriers, and it is difficult! We cannot read the menus, signs, and going grocery shopping was an interesting experience when you can't read the labels!
We had dinner down by the canal and figured out the hard way that there is no free water in Amsterdam. You also have to have a card with a chip to take out cash from an ATM and pay for any meal or purchase. They are not shy about letting you know either. I feel like figuring all of these things out on my own definitely is making me become a lot more independent.
Amsterdam is a town that was previously all under water. The water has now been redirected and put into the canals, which are used to bring in all of the goods to the areas surrounding the city. The canals also make the city easy to navigate because all you need to do is follow the canals.
After dinner we did a lot of exploring to figure out where we are going to be spending our next three days here. We decided we are going to be going on a countryside bike ride, van Gogh Museum, and visit the Anne Frank house! After a long, action packed day we went back to the house for a good nights rest after a long day of travel!