Driving out of London, we were introduced to our tour manager Ryan and our driver Pedro, with whom in time, all the women on the bus would fall in love with (and the guys too). A brief two hours later, we were at Dover!
We drive quickly through France and then Belgium, only stopping for a rest in a truck stop on the boarder.
Finally we arrived in Amsterdam, with our introduction to the local culture as "Ding Ding! Hallo!"
The buildings in Amsterdam were beautifully narrow and thin, like rows of bean-sprouts.
And of course we tried on the famous clog, at a place called "Cheese and Clogs."
But the most incredible place we visited in Amsterdam was Anne Frank's house, where she and her family hid in the attic for over two years.
This was her front door.
Amsterdam also turned out to be a pretty funky place! As I was walking I passed this strange structure in the middle of the road.
That turned out to be a subterranean exhibition celebrating Super Mario, using space created by the continued drilling of the Amsterdam metro system (over budget, behind schedule, and still incomplete a taxi driver told me later).
Cruising down the canal, Amsterdam was very cold and misty, and very beautiful.