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Written on: Monday April 9th, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen

Today we woke up early to make the most of our day in Amsterdam.  We started by getting in line half an hour early for the anne frank house.  There was already a long line when we arrived, but once it opened the line moved pretty fast.  The museum was well set up with a walk through the house.  There were also quotes written on the wall from her journal and pictures of her and her Family.  It's crazy to think that she wrote her journal when she was only 15.  Her observations and the depth of her prose is unbelievable for her age.  

After the Anne Frank House, we went in search for the Red Light District.  I've been told that if you go to Amsterdam, this is one of the main things you have to see.  However, just the thought of the district made me uncomfortable.  It was around 10:30am so I believed that there wouldnt be any of the "girls" in their windows.  Also, it was Easter monday, so I assumed they would be closed.  Alas, I was wrong.  There were still girls sitting in their windows.  After walking on one street, we decided to continue on with our exploration of the rest of the city.  After much confusion of direction, we eventually found the lunch place we had wanted to eat at, which was a bagel place.  I havent had a bagel forever! After lunch, we went to rent Bikes.  We biked along the Amstel river until we left the city and rode along a nice bike path.  There were tons of people walking along the river and biking since it was such a nice day.  Eventually we stopped at a windmill then a small town.  The bikes were classic old-school bikes where you had to bike pedal to stop.  the bikes reminded me of the bikes we used to rent during our summers in Denmark!  eventually we biked back into the city and tried to find Vondell park, however ther was construction, so we werent able to see the park.  Manuevering back to the place where we got our bikes was an interesting feat because of the difficulty of figuring out which lanes were pedestian lanes and which were bike lanes! It was interesting however!  After biking around we browsed the city a little more and ended up doing a little bit of shopping where there were tons of opportunities to take pictures with large wooden shoes!  Before heading back to our hostel we ended up a t a food store.  Honestly, one of my favorite things to do when I visit another country is a grocery store.  Its interesting to see what kinds of foods they have etc.  After this, we went back to the hostel and played cranium a cafe.  We finally had to bid adieu to Amsterdam and our Belgium trip with an overnight bus to Paris... which is officially one of the most uncomfortable rides I have ever experienced.