Saturday, 10 March 2018

Say "kaas"!

Tour van de stad, kaas, klompen, molen, markt, kerk, en kanaal.

We started our day with a satisfying breakfast with lots of cheese and ham! This was followed by a trip back to the Amsterdam city centre to pick up our tour guide, Larai. She gave us a lively and informative historical account of the city and its architectural, economic, and religious development. She had a true gift for making the story of the city come alive!

At the Rembrandt Hoeve Farm, we met Roel, another person with the gift of gab. He had the students smiling and laughing as he described the process of manufacturing both cheese and wooden shoes. After taking a group shot at the nearby windmill, we traveled to the quaint town of Haarlem, the home of Corrie Ten Boom. We were disappointed to discover that we were unable to attend a tour of her former home, but we enjoyed some extra free time around the Saturday market. Some of us also made our way inside the chilly St. Bavokerk to see its extremely large pipe organ.

Although it was raining after supper, we enjoyed a peaceful canal cruise to end our evening which highlighted the beauty of Amsterdam by night.

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