Final stop for contiki!!!
13th October (slowly catching up...!) Got into Edam early arvo and had a cheese and clog demonstration. The cheese was smelly. The clog guy was funny though, at one stage he flung this huge chunk of wood into one of the girls' hair and she got cut it was sooo funny!!! heheh
Then we had a bike ride around Edam, riding 'grannie bikes' around the 'dikes' (which means rivers or something....) and these are the kind of bikes that dont have breaks, only backpedal breaks!!! aaah it was soo difficult!! hehehe good times
Got into Amsterdam and we headed into the Red Light District for a wander, which was very... unusual... hehe.
14th Oct: went into amsterdam city centre and had a water bike tour thing which was harder work than we initially thought it would be. Ended up at Anne Frank's house which had a massive queue, but was well worth it. Very confronting, got a bit teary eyed a few times.
Then did a bit of shopping. Went back to the hostel which took ages cos we had to work out the tram system and then Steph and I posted huuuuuge packages home which were sooo much cheaper than anywhere else! but it meant we literally had to run to the bus and i was still in my daggy shirt and stuff from the day... soo embarrassing cos we went on a cruise and then to our final dinner together, at a chinese Sea Palace restaurant which was really cool.
Then I went home and virtually everyone else went out cos at this stage I hadn't managed to successfully book a flight to Athens for a day and a half away... i had tried it just didn't work.... So yeah, piked on the last night... :P oops!!
15th: Last day of travelling! Quite frantic actually, normally the tours stop in the Netherland but Rob and Rich decided to keep driving to Belgium so we could actually see the country, which normally doesn't happen. Then Rob got a phone call to say that the French ferry workers were all on strike so we had to get back to the Netherlands within 1.5 hours when we'd actually been driving 3 hours in the opposite direction!!! How ironic. So it was very very panicky trying to get there in time... managed to make it cos it left sooo late but it was very stressful! got into london really late...
and that's the end of contiki!!!