Next stop is Amsterdam, with it’s canals and bicycles and beautiful buildings.
When we arrive in AMS, the tram is directly outside of the Zuit train station, not the Centraal Station, which I had thought, but it was just as easy going 8 stops north as 5 stops south in this town. We boarded the #5 tram and it took us to the end of the street of our hostel.
It is another larger hostel (similar to the Berlin hostel) and the group will have an hour to grab a bed, a shower if needed and meet me outside for their bike tour.
We met Pete from Mike’s Bikes, and I had requested him, as he has taken my groups for three years now, and he adds a historical view with humor of this town. He gave the group a quick history account of how Amsterdam came to be by saying that that the city used to be called Amstel in the Dam, and after so many beers shortened the name to Amsterdam.
After a quick history lesson of Holland, he took them around to the main sites of the city. (these shots are mostly on video, which will be on the documentary).
After the bike tour, everyone came back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner. It was still daylight as we walked into the Old Town, Oude Kerk, or what you may know to be called the Red Light District. We walked down the main strip along the canal for a few blocks then made a right towards the Old Church, and it just happened to be a right, right through a busy street/alley which actually had the girls behind the glass windows. We were all given an accidental look at the true working girls.
After dinner, everyone found their own way to relax and we were set to meet at 10 am the next morning.