Amsterdam: There and Back Again


Sunday morning we woke up pretty early.  Peter slept all the way through the night.  I think we finally adjusted to the European time zone.  Must be time to go home again.

After packing up our stuff and straightening the apartment as best we could, there was still an hour until the bike rental shop opened.  I wanted to get out and see Amsterdam one last time and I knew Peter would enjoy another bike ride, so we went out while Susan took a nap.  It was quite a joy to be out in the city when everything was still and quiet.  We also were actually able to ride the bike fast.

So fast we were at Centraal Station within minutes.  Only the sanitation workers were out with street sweepers and hoses and even garbage trucks (the strike must be over).  I decided to pedal off to a more residential area and promptly got lost.  I knew where I was since all the signs said Westerpark but couldn’t figure out how to get back to the Centrum.  Finally I followed a bus heading back to Centraal Station.  Safely back on Prinsengracht, a group of tourists from Italy stopped me for directions to the Begijnhof which was actually quite a distance from where we were.

Peter & I rejoined Susan and we returned our bikes to Mac Bikes and then had breakfast at a neighboring bagel shop.  Then we went back to the apartment and brought all our stuff out on the stoop and flagged down the Stop/Go Bus to Centraal Station.  While I paid the fare, Peter rather hilariously climbed on the bus and found himself a seat in the back row.  He enjoyed the ride too, pointing out sites we passed and singing “Stop and go, stop and go; on to school — take it slow!”

We took the train to Schiphol Airport, flew to Keflavik Airport in Iceland, and after a delay onwards to home.

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