It was an early morning wake up this morning. Each morning it is getting harder and harder to wake up! I don't even wake up to my alarm going off; I wake up to Stacey saying my name after my alarm wakes her up! We couldn't figure out how to close the blinds last night, so it was broad daylight, but I'm so tired that doesn't affect me in the slightest. I just keep on sleeping. We had a pretty good breakfast and then we were on our way. However, about an hour down the road, we came across another traffic jam which slowed us down for another hour or so again. I fell asleep but woke up to everyone making a lot of noise in the bus because there was a lady weeing on the side of the highway. We had to stop at a different service stop because it would take too long to get to the planned stop, and the driving hours won't allow this.
We had lunch here and then we were off on another 3 hour trip to get to our next stop in Edam where we did a bike ride. Apparently 12 out of 16 million people own a bike in The Netherlands. The ride went for about 45 minutes and was really fun. We rode the old bikes that don't have gears or handbrakes, and I just think those ones are so much fun and so easy to ride. We were a bit concerned about trying to stick to the European road rules, but we managed. We went to the highest point in Edam, which is about 2 metres high! A lot of The Netherlands is below sea level. We were also taken past a traditional windmill which was used to make beer. While we were in Edam, we were also meant to have a cheese and clogs demonstration, but because we got stuck in the traffic jam and wasted too much time, we missed out. So I was a bit gutted about that because I really like seeing the demonstrations which Contiki have taken us to because they're always very appropriate to the country we're in.
After the bike ride, we headed to our hotel in Amsterdam. As we pulled up, we thought we were in the ghetto again (a lot of our accommodation hasn't been in very nice areas). But once we got inside it looked pretty good, and then once we got to our rooms we realised it was the nicest place we've stayed in so far, except for size. Right smack bang in the middle of the room is a massive pole, which basically takes up the entire floor in the middle of the room. So with 4 girls in there it's very hard to move. We're staying with Megan and Tegan (the other Kiwi girl on Contiki) this time.
We had about an hour to get ready for dinner and the sex show. We just had dinner down in the hotel, and then we were off for a walk around town. We had a wander through the Red Light District, and then we had about half an hour to wander around before meeting up again. We had a look around and then a bunch of us went to a 'coffee house', and then it was time for the sex show. This was interesting, and not really what we expected, but anyway it was the thing to do in Amsterdam! They had audience participation which made it interesting when a bunch of our group were asked to get up. Definitely a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity though I think!
After the show, half of the people stayed in town and the other half of us caught a tram back to the hotel and then headed to bed. Tomorrow we have a canal peddle bike ride in the morning, and then a free day in Amsterdam. We're not really sure what we want to do yet since we have 2 days here. I definitely want to go to the Anne Frank house, but we're not sure when yet.