Monday, May 30, 2005

Here I am in Lisse, Netherlands after an adventurous day today.

We´ve been staying with mom´s cousins here, which has been wonderful. They are so kind! They took us on a beautiful bike ride to the beach on our first day here (which we needed to stay awake after being awake for 30 hours straight). The hardest part for me was staying awake while we visited my mom´s uncle and aunt who only speak Dutch.

Then we went for a BBQ at another cousin´s house before I finally started to crash. We slept for over 10 hours.

Sunday, we drove to Scheveningen - a beach town south of Amsterdam. We had a look at all the sand sculptures and walked along the famous boardwalk and watched some fool bungy jump.

We drove to Den Haag and saw the Panarama by Mesdag, which was an amazing complete 360° view of Scheveningen. It was so realistic! We also saw the parliament buildings and a lot of really old beautiful architecture.

Today, we went to Aalsmeer to see the flower auction. It was amazing to see so many flowers. Afterwards, it was raining so mom and I decided to take the train to Amsterdam. There, it rained and was cold and we lost our train tickets and broke our umbrella and the museum we wanted to go to was closed and then the phone card I bought wouldn´t work and then the phone number I was using to get picked up didn´t work and it was a bit of a comedy of errors. But we´re home now and off to Zwolle tomorrow. WHEW!

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