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  • Day6

    Made it to the hostel I'll be staying at for the next few weeks and I'm with my study abroad group now. This hostel is so luxurious! I'm in a room with 3 other girls, all from our group, so it actually feels more like a hotel. It is right by Oosterpark, which is just beautiful.

  • Day181

    We quite enjoyed just driving around the area. Flat country, clean modern little towns, and moody skies! We barely made it home before it started hailing. Frozen mix and 31 degree temps predicted for tonight.

  • Day28

    On the first day we left the boat in the morning to go on a cruise of Amsterdam canals in a glass topped boat. Given the city has hundreds of miles of canals it is a great way to see the city. There were many lovely views and the perspective on the water was different from when walking.

    The city is built on soggy ground so many of the older buildings are crooked and look a little drunk. Fascinating for me from an earthquake prone city to see these buildings still allowed to be lived in.

    Bikes are everywhere in a city designed to be either cycled or floated around. From the canal boat, you saw them chained to every spare space there was and hundreds are fished out of the water by a special boat each day.
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  • Day27

    Today I boarded my new home for the next fortnight. The Sapphire is a floating hotel with 150 passengers and 40 crew on board. It is very luxurious with opening sliding doors in most of the rooms. There is a large dining room and a separate bar/lounge area plus a sundeck on top. Plenty of space and it rarely feels crowded.

    When cruising there is very little noise and you glide along the river with a neverending changing scenery to look at. A great way to move from place to place and so much better than a bus!

    The food and service from the staff is absulutly brilliant and they have great senses of humour. Somehow the group of people I made friends with have turned out to be the ones who are last to go to bed after a few drinks in the lounge. Strange that...
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  • Day26

    On our way to the Keukenhof gardens Shelley drove me to an area where flowers are grown commercially. We could just stop on the side of the road next to these vast fields of flowers and take photos. We also could enjoy the beautiful fragrance generated by millions of flowers. There were many varieties of flowers as well as the classic tulips. Some fields were all one colour and others looked like a striped blanket stretching for miles. A very special thing to see.Read more

  • Day6

    Things have been good so far! The most confusing thing so far was trying to get from the airport to the hostel the other day. The process of going from a place that only writes and speaks in English to a place where they speak English but other translations are given (New York) to a place where it's mostly another language and English translations are usually given (flights over here) and finally to a place where they barely ever translate to English (once you leave the airport) is an intimidating one! You get there and all of the signs become meaningless jumbles of letters! Luckily most people here speak English as a second language, so you just have to work up the courage to ask questions, even if you know they'll make you look like an idiot! I'm working on that. It makes you wish that we were all taught to become fluent (or mostly fluent) in other languages at home. Anyway, figuring out public transportation has been a bit of a struggle, but I'm starting to get used to it already. All of the little cultural differences are so interesting to see and figure out.

    I've been trying to mainly just relax this weekend because starting tomorrow, my class starts and things will be pretty busy for the next few weeks! The hostel I'm at right now is by the beach, a little outside of Amsterdam.

    I had added the international plan to my phone before leaving, but it barely gives you any data and I quickly went through most of it just trying to get around, so today I bought a European SIM card that gives me almost as much data as I would have at home. It was a surprisingly simple and cheap process, and it includes a decent amount of international texts and minutes (which should be free for people at home to receive, but they probably just shouldn't send messages unless it's through the internet.).

    It's pretty late here so I'm going to try and get some sleep!
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