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Day 15

And then it was done...l.

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Well today is the last day of our Europe adventure! I had such an amazing time!!! I absolutely LOVE Europe and can't wait to come back again, hopefully in Dec :). For those of you who haven't heard (which is possible since my sister hasn't been very outgoing in sharing her awesome news!), my sister Laurie is moving to Wales, UK for a yr to do her Masters!!! So, My other sister Lesley and I are hoping to go visit her and do a bit of traveling during Christmas break! Laur, get your floor ready ;)

Back to the present, it's our last day which is bitter sweet. Traveling is always fun, but it's also nice to come home. Eating out for every meal gets tiresome after a while. Sleeping in hotels is fun at first but it's not like your awesome comfy bed at home. Packing your bag to travel to a new country every 3 days can be exhausting. Trying to create new outfits with the same clothes your sick of wearing is a challenge. The last 2 1/2 wks have been a blast but now I can't wait for the home cooked spaghetti dinner my mama's preparing me tomorrow night (it's my traveling tradition! Thanks mom...no pressure!)

Today was an awesome day! We went on the Volendam, Marken and Windmills trip in Holland. We walked through 2 small communities, saw a demonstration of cheese and clog making, went to a big park with sheep, and lots of windmills and took a boat cruise on the sea. We really got to see a lot of Dutch countryside which brings me to my next comment. I am now in search of either a Scotch or Dutch man, can currently live in Canada but must have dual citizenship. So when we marry, I can also obtain citizenship and then we can move and retire to either country! So please, keep your eyes open for me!;)

We had the best cheapest dinner tonight, 2 nights in a row actually...pizza! Mmmmm and for desert we went to a bakery and got bad treates. I had the most amazing strawberry tart! Pictures to come!

Amsterdam and Holland were awesome, just awesome!! Things that I will miss are: wooden shoes, bikes (watch out for the bikes!!!), fries in a cone with mayo, a 'different' smell in the air, windmills and the country side, Anne Frank's huis and canals and water everywhere.

I'm posting early because it's time to start packing up 21/2 wks of our life into our backpacks and try to catch some zzzzzz's. We have a taxi coming to pick us up for the airport at 5:30am for a 9am flight :(. We will fly into Toronto just after 11am. We are loosing 6 hours sleep so I figure I'm either going to be very very wired or very very tired. So tomorrow should be an interesting day!

Til tomorrow!
Love Lins

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Day 14

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Well we had a great day in Amsterdam. I really like it here, it's in my top places list. There's lots to see and do, the atmosphere is great and it's very unique. We started the day by taking the tram to the dam centre (we aren't in the city centre here, we are about a 15 min tram ride to it). We had breakfast at McDonalds. At home it would be coffee and a muffin, not here! Try coffee and a slice of apple pie! I know, but that's was the only option!
We walked along the 'tourist street' from the dam square to central station. We went to the sex museum and got fries with mayo in cones (soooo wrong but Salika and Moneet were right! Soooo awesome!). Then we headed to Anne Frank's haus. The line up was long, but surprisingly moved pretty well. We waited just under an hour, which was totally worth it. Anne Frank's house is an amazing museum. If you ever come to Amsterdam, you MUST go to it! Everything was kept so authentic, I've never been on tall, small narrow stairs like that, and the tour was very well laid out.

We took the tram back to the hotel and dropped off a bunch of stuff that we had bought. We made our way back to the dam centre, walking around for a while, stopping in little stores, grabbing a slice of pizza and then made our way to the Red Light District. To keep this blog PG, it was an experience. Very interesting to see but also felt very strange. That's all I'm saying about that!

We were able to book the tour we were interested in tomorrow. I'm pretty excited to go North to Holland and see some countryside. Hopefully it's a good tour. It's 6 hours long. Tomorrows our last day in Europe, can't believe it's almost done. I am looking forward to my own bed and not eating out though!

Had a nice FaceTime chat with Darina, Laurie and Colin and my mom over speaker phone..lol Thanks Darina!

Off to bed! Until tomorrow.
Love Lins

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Day 13

Hello Amsterdam!!!

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Well this has been a long long day of traveling which is funny since we only flew from German to the Netherlands, right next door to each other. I prefer later flights, being a non-morning person it allows for a sleep in, time to shower, pack and do it slowly without being rushed. Love it!! Hate the part that involves waiting around for countless hours with nothing to do! It's ok when you are going on a trip to one destination, but when you are literally flying to a new country every 3 days, man it gets tiring!!

After checking out of the hotel for 11am we walked to a cafe and grabbed carbs and a coffee. We sat there for what felt like forever wasting time, since we had all the time in the world. We walked to the train station and figured out the train that goes to the airport and then we were off. By the time we made it to the airport it was literally 1pm, with our flight not until 5! So we sat around some more. Thank god for this iPad! I pretty much bought it to take on this trip and I'm so thankful that I did. It allows me to go on fb, take pics, Internet, read multiple books and watch movies/TV. I'm currently watching season 1 of Felicity...the greatest girly show!! I think I've seen the complete series 5 times now, it never gets old!

So after an hour flight we arrived in Amsterdam. The airport here is amazing! Absoulely amazing! It's huge, has a thousand stores, is very modern and just awesome!! (I've been reading the book of awesome during this trip, and awesome has become my new favourite word! And really if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend you do!). It was problematic finding our hotel as its not on the city center map, so we had no idea where to go. I must have asked 3 people in info booths and no one knew where we had to go. Finally, we found someone who did (though he literally googled it!). We were directed to take the bus 69. Funny thing is, 69 is the only route not posted in a bus terminal sign. And the only bus that doesn't seem to come as often as the others. When we did see the 69 the first time, we actually missed the bus! Noticed it a bit too late, then had to wait 30 more min to catch the next. In the end, we made it. This is the biggest hotel room we've been in yet. It huge and has nice furniture and a big tub and complementary slippers on our bed!!

At this point it was 10pm and we were hungry. We ate at the restaurant outside our hotel window on the water (see fb pic). It ended up being a Turkish restaurant. I ate my first Turkish meal and it was awesome!!!!

We have 2 days here to see as much as we can. We are planning on hitting up a few touristy things like Anne Franks house tomorrow and walk around Amsterdam. We are hoping to do a day trip on Friday. We are going to check at the hotel reception tomorrow about one we saw. It's a Dutch countryside tour, where you get to see cheese making, clog making, windmills and take a boat cruise. I'm all over this!! I love day trips, that means I don't have to think, and I literally came to Amsterdam for a windmill picture!!! So hopefully it works out.

We are almost out of cash, which is stessing us out. Everywhere we try to pay with a credit card they tell us they don't take credit cards. I have 35€ to last me 2 days! Yikes!!!

Ok, it's getting late. Until tomorrow
Love Lins

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