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Day 17: Amsterdam

Sunday, November 28, 2010
Today was the last day of our vacation. We Left Munich at 10:15am on a 1.25 hour flight to Amsterdam.
We took a free shuttle to the Novotel Amsterdam Airport Hotel. After checking in we took the shuttle back to the airport to catch a train to Amsterdam Central Train Station. The cost was about around 9,40 euro. Next, we took a tram (2,50 euro), to Westermarkt stop and around the corner was the Anne Frank House. This was the reason I wanted the 1 day layover in Amsterdam.

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We waited in line for about 20 minutes…there were many, many people in line. It was a very moving and sad place to be. It was especially meaningful after visiting Dachau Concentration Camp earlier in the trip. I’ve read her diary several times, and this made the story more real…sad, but real.

We walked around the city for about 4 hours before we returned to our hotel to pack. It was very COLD outside, but there were tons of people on the streets.

The buildings and canals were beautiful. I’d like to see Amsterdam in the spring when the flowers are in bloom. I’ve never seen so many bicycles! Everybody rides a bike, even in the freezing weather. I’m sure I annoyed a few people because I didn’t know I had to watch out for the bikes…I learned very quickly...and survived with all my toes intact.

We enjoyed our short stop in Amsterdam and would like to stay again for a few more days. The hotel was clean, cheap, and a good place to stay for an overnight visit. Monday morning we made the trip home and started planning our next adventure.

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