For Spring Break this year, Amy's family visited Amsterdam (see her awesome write-up here). While there, they met up with my brother and two nieces. The girls had a blast giggling their way along city walks and eating lots of cheese. Here is Samantha (age 12), Ava (age 11), Anna (age 7), and Lindsay's (age 10) review of the city in their own words.
Question 1. What two things would you go back and do again? Why?
Samantha: I would go back to the Van Gogh Museum because the paintings were very interesting and the NEMO Museum because I loved the interactive exhibits.
Ava: The NEMO Museum because there were lots of different exhibits, and they were all interactive. The Canal Cruise because the scenery was very pretty and the papers and binoculars were fun.
Anna: Vondelpark playground and the street markets.
Lindsay: The first thing I would go back and do again is the boat ride. We toured the city by canal and we got to see things that would take a while to do on foot. The second thing is the NEMO Museum. It had different exhibits, from cameras that take your shadow picture to pulleys to pull yourself up with. It was extremely fun and and I loved it.
NEMO Science Museum
(The families took a special "Pirate Cruise" option where kids 5-12 get binoculars, a worksheet, and pirate-themed audio guide.)
Question 2. Sum up Amsterdam in 5 words.
Samantha: Bikes, canals, boats, cheese, BIKES
Ava: Pleasant, historic, English-speaking, small, busy
Anna: Fun, curious, bikes, peaceful, cheese
Lindsay: Beautiful, fun, welcoming, cool, interesting
Question 3. On your next trip to Amsterdam, is there something you would like to do that we did not do on this trip?
Samantha: I liked walking around and hanging out so that is likely what I would do if I went back.
Ava: More shopping and the Maritime Museum.
Anna: More time on playgrounds and more train trips.
Lindsay: We did not get to see the inside of the Anne Frank House (Ava and Anna did) but we did walk by the outside. I think it would be cool to see where she hid.
Question 4. What is the best thing you ate in Amsterdam?
Ava: Definitely cheese.
Anna: The apple pie and cheese.
Lindsay: I really loved the pie we had on π day (March 14th) at Winkel 43.
Question 5. Would you like to live in Amsterdam one day? Why?
Samantha: I might live there for a few weeks but I would easily get tired of city life.
Ava: Yes. It was very pleasant because the scenery is pretty and historic, the shops are cool, and the food is good. Also, there were lots of bikes so there was less car traffic and noise.
Anna: Yes, it's a fun and big city.
Lindsay: Maybe. I like where I live but Amsterdam was pretty cool. But I'm happy now with what I've got.
Question 6. If a friend was going to Amsterdam, what advice would you give them? What do you wish someone told you before you went?
Samantha: Instead of looking for cars when you cross the street, look for bikes. Don't expect them to stop and if they crash into you, it is your fault.
Ava: That you have to be very careful of bikes, almost everyone speaks or understands English, the people are very nice, and the food is really good.
Anna: Bring your own camera and bring some of your own money because their shops have fun things to buy. And rent a bike.
Lindsay: I would tell them that the streets look exactly the same, especially at night. My Dad challenged me to see how fast I could get us back to our hotel after leaving Ava and Anna's apartment. Let's just say it was harder than I thought, even using a phone with GPS!
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