I was able to watch the Super Bowl! My buddy, Christian, said that he was planning on watching the Super Bowl and that we (Steph, Emily and I) could come over to his apartment to watch it. I think that there were a lot of guys that were jealous that we had a place to watch the game. I had two guys asked where we were watching it. The Super Bowl started at 12:30am. Christian was able to find an Internet site that had live stream of the game in English and hooked up his computer to the TV. Christian is German and said that he didn't follow American football much, but he did know the basics. So during the game he would ask some questions and I'm not sure the three of us girls were the best people to be explaining to him about football. But it was worth staying up till 4:30am to see the Packers win!!
Last weekend I did my first travel! I went to Amsterdam with Stephanie and Emily. When we left our dorm it was raining so we debated if we should even go, but decided to go anyways. We had a direct train that left Arnhem at 8 and we arrived in Amsterdam a little after 9. As soon as we arrived we went to the Anne Frank house. We were able to get in right away. The museum was really interesting to see. I was surprised that none of the rooms had furniture in them at the request of Otto Frank. The rooms had signs and pictures of the room to describe it. In the parents room you were able to see the marks on the wall where they tracked the growth of the girls during the stay and in Anne's room was some of her pictures that she had glued to the wall. They also had Anne's original dairy on display along with some of the short stories that she wrote. I had just read her diary before I left so it was fresh in my mind what all happened there. When we were done it had stopped raining so we just explored the city and wondered around for an hour seeing many canals, bridges, bikes and shops. Then we went and ate lunch at the Pancake Bakery. They had many kinds of toppings you could put on your pancakes including fruit, meat, cheese and even ice cream! I had one with apple and grand marnier and it was pretty good. Then in the afternoon we just walked around more and even stumbled upon the Red Light District. I wish we would have done a guided tour because we had no idea what we were looking at and some of the buildings, when we thought they looked important we would take a picture of them. Next time we go I think we will do a canal tour. I bought my first souvenir, which was a small pair of ceramic clogs with windmills and flower painted with delft blue on them. They are a cute little nick-nack. Amsterdam is a beautiful city with an old charm to it. It is often call the Venice of the north because it has so many canals because a lot of the city is below sea level. When the windmills where originally built they were used to pump out water. It will be nice to go see Amsterdam again when the weather is nice.
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|In front of one of many canals in Amsterdam.|
|Anne Frank Museum.|