May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15
Today we started off the day by going to Alkmarr, Netherlands, which is famous for its cheese...and for Linda Bakker. We were able to see where she shops and spends most of her free time. They had a lot of authentic shops where we were able to purchase not only cheese and pastries but the cutest clothes! For a change of scenery, we headed to the middle of Amsterdam where we had the opportunity to go to the AJAX Experience. Here, we got to see the highlights of Holland's soccer history, get a pep talk from the head coach and test our skills in different soccer challenges. With a few hours to spare we decided to get as much out of Amsterdam we could and go to Anne Frank's hiding spot during the Holocaust. It created a contradicting emotional experience. It was amazing to see her writing and where she was hidden since the majority of us read her work in the past. It was also heartbreaking and tragic to physically see the conditions they were forced to live in before their unfortunate capture. With about an hour left in the city and empty stomachs we decided to indulge in the best Italian food Holland could offer. We head back to the country side and enjoyed time as a team in our hostel playing ping pong, Uno and a variety of other games cherishing our last few nights abroad and in each others company.