Tuesday 7/29: After sleeping for a night in the airport and a five-hour delay to our flight, we finally made it to Holland. Our hotel was a cool one right on the water, which we shared with quite a few extra people who needed a place to stay, Wiston's friend in AXO and our friend Cassie in Pi Phi. We decided to explore the city a little and check out some of the famous Amsterdam Coffee shops and a place to eat dinner. Once dinner commenced we grabbed a couple bottles of wine and went around town to check out the other cool spots as well as the Red Light District. The Red Light District was not at all what I expected as it actually is a little district in the town where every building there is a prostitute in the window, don't worry we got some secret footage on the gopro. After walking around for a little while we decided to call it a night and get up early the next day.
Wednesday 7/30: We woke to get the buffet breakfast, which was very nice when being compared to the breakfast from some of the hostels we have stayed at. We decided to rent bikes and go around the city to see the different spots we didn't get to. We rode to the famous Vondelpark, a huge park that is always packed with cool spots to sit and a lot of awesome artwork. We rode around there and took pictures for a while before we went to the Heineken factory to get a tour. The tour was super interesting and they taught us how Heineken is made and the proper way to drink a beer without sucking down all of the foam. I answered a question right and was awarded another beer, hell yeah. We went on an interactive ride there which 'turned us into beer' and went through the entire process of how it is actually brewed, which was cool to experience. After we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. The second night we did the same as the first and just went around the Red Light to see some more of the crazy scene. Obviously nobody participated in the festivities but I cannot say that about some of the other people we witnessed walking around.
Thursday 7/31: On our last actual day in Amsterdam we woke up early to go see the Anne Frank house, one of the coolest things we did there. It was insane to see something so real yet surreal at the same time. The way Anne and her family lived for two years is insane and the fact that she never even survived the war is sad. Going and learning more about her life makes me want to reread her diary because it is such an important piece of literature from a very dark time in human history. Her father is the only one of the family members to survive the war, and to experience that much but still publish Anne's diary is a courageous thing to do. I'm glad we were able to see something so special and cultural while in the city of sin. That night we thought about going out but due to our early flight we took one last look at the Red Light and sat by a canal to say goodbye to the city of freedom.