|What good looking friends!|
Our sleeping arrangment was one of the funniest parts of our trip – and definitely the cause of lots of bonding. Lindsay, Izzy, and I in the bed, Mike on a mattress next to us, Nick on an air mattress next to him, and Roos on her bed in the next room. Made for some funny moments, but also felt like a massive sleepover every night. #bonding.
|Lots of bedtime giggles.|
Amsterdam is an amazing city! I knew everyone cycled, but it’s pretty crazy to see in person. There are giant car parks for bicycles, and because there are so many bikes, people have to decorate their’s in really unique ways to tell them apart. We even saw one with real bark, moss, and flowers. The architecture is a real stand-out as well. Most houses are 3-4 stories, and because they are so tall, the stairs are steep. STEEP. I had some trouble with that, especially in the Anne Frank house because I am terrified of stairs, but it all worked out in the end. Also, because you can’t really move furniture or anything heavy up those stairs, most houses have a hook on the edge of the roof for that purpose. Old stores and warehouses are actually built tilted, so goods could be lifted without hitting the building. Fun fact for ya.
Then we had a walk through the Red Light District. I didn’t take pictures of the arguably more interesting parts of the Red Light District, but well…you can google for yourself.
Pretty amazing. And apparently time traveling me had already been there…
|Riding in trains with boys.|
We returned to the city long enough to grab our bags and say goodbye to Roos’ family before heading off to the airport. A quick flight and long bus ride later, I was back in Oxford and exhausted. But the good kind of exhausted. Mostly because I had such an amazing time with my friends. It was definitely a bonding trip for us all – I feel like our group dynamic got a lot closer, and I’m really happy we were all able to go together. I definitely fell in love with Amsterdam a bit while we were there. It’s honestly one of the coolest, most unique cities I’ve ever seen. Fingers crossed I’ll go back one day!