June 13 - 16: Windmills for Miles

(I'm almost caught up y'all!!!) I didn't realize how strange it would be to revisit three cities back to back (to back) after so much time in new places. I'm certainly not complaining. ;)

We had two full days in Amsterdam and spent most of them exploring. The first day, we did a canal cruise first thing (well, first thing in the afternoon). Since Amsterdam is literally a city of canals, it was the perfect way to get adjusted to the city.

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After it let us out, we wandered up and down side streets, did a bit of window shopping, etc. before grabbing lunch at an Italian place that was almost better than the food we had in actual Italy. You're a weird place, Amsterdam.

Once we were more or less rejuvenated, we began heading for the Anne Frank House before getting entirely sidetracked by waffles. All waffles may now be ruined for me because these. were. amazing. Even Kelly Anne, who doesn't like waffles and can barely stomach pancakes (who are you) enjoyed them.

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Can I just have a backpack full, please? Who needs clothes?

We eventually made it to the Anne Frank House and stood in line for a while before making it in. It was really well done. I was nervous going in because the concentration camp had been so emotionally exhausting. While it was certainly sobering and there were tears in several parts, it was much more about honoring her memory. One of the quotes that stuck out to me was:

"All her would haves are our real possibilities. All her would haves are our opportunities. And the book is a flame, a torch. We can light our own candles and take them and illuminate our hearts with the incandescence of her spirit." - Emma Thompson

All in all, the house is really excellently done and I whole heartedly recommend going.

The second day, we took the Metro out to a windmill village on the outskirts of the city. It was horribly touristy and so much fun. :) We spent several hours here, just walking around before heading back into Amsterdam.

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Kelly Anne and Allie wanted to find the bridge from The Fault in Our Stars but uh...there are a lot of bridges in Amsterdam. It took us a while. And we're not even really sure we found the right one. Oh well.

Since we were more or less in the same area, we went to Dam Square. Amsterdam as a whole reminded me a lot of Venice and...St. Mark's Square is better. Sorry, Netherlands. It was still neat to have found the center-ish of the city!

After this, we went and got more waffles. Praise.

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The next day, we left continental Europe (WEIRD) and headed to Ireland. Three weeks left!