The Netherlands and Amsterdam!

All I can say is AmsterDAMN! The Netherlands certainly lived up to its reputation and it was an experience of a lifetime. The Hague was our first stop where we had a full day planned with everyone in our program. First, we visited the International Criminal Court of the former Yugoslavia. We had a brief lecture about the history of the Bosnian/Serb/Croat war and the war criminals that were tried at the Ad Hoc tribunal. Next, we visited the International Criminal Court where we met Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (the German Judge) who answered all our questions on international criminal law and how the ICC operates. Thankfully, our educational portion of the trip ended around 7pm when we ran to the station to make our train to Amsterdam!!!

Chops, Katie, Cara, Katie, Josh, Sarah, Steve, and I made it to Amsterdam just in time to shower and go out! We ventured all over the city, drinking, eating, laughing, drinking, dancing, drinking, and dancing into the wee hours of the night. Needless to say it was a night to remember and we’re all so grateful to have had the experience.

The next morning (yes we had about 3 hours of sleep) we toured the city on foot, stopping by the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijks Museum. Holland was absolutely beautiful with gardens and canals on every corner. We had the luck of running into a Dutch pancake house and WOW! The picture does not do the food justice, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re back! Check out the pictures and links below to see our Netherlands experience!

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=101&lang=en

http://www.holland.com/de/tourist.htm

http://www.icty.org/

Click on the link below to see all the  fun photos

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5 thoughts on “The Netherlands and Amsterdam!

  1. Looks awesome. I can see why you liked Holland best. Chops sure looked like he was liking that pancake. Yummy 🙂

  2. Chops, your blog is wonderful! What an incredible experience for all of you. We’ve been enjoying the pictures and stories…all the historical information too. Wish we were there. So happy that you get to do this. We miss you guys and can’t wait to read more! Mary

  3. I gained 1/2 lb. just looking at the pancake picture! Miss you a bunch! I know you will be thrilled about Florence! Can’t wait to see the pics!

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