Time for a break!
After nearly a month of travel, we arrived at our 8th Country: The Netherlands! Our time in Amsterdam was simply a week of fun. In just 3 days, we were on planes, trains, boats, trams, and a scooter!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do any refugee work in Amsterdam. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t immigrants and refugees there. The Netherlands used to have colonies all over the world – including Indonesia, South Africa, and Suriname (in South America). When those locations transitioned to independent countries, the people there were offered a chance to relocate to the Netherlands. So today, the relatively small country is very diverse!
We ate at a “Suriname” restaurant in Chinatown. Basically, it tasted like Chinese food!
We happened to visit during “Euro-Pride” festival.
Basically, the weekend was full of tourist-fun: shopping, eating, touring, photographing, etc. One of the coolest things was a boat tour of the canals. I really wanted to try something newly offered in Amsterdam: A boat tour led by a recent refugee. (Check out the story I heard on NPR here.) But I couldn’t figure out how to join them. Thankfully, there is a great you-tube experience for me and for all of you readers! You can see the sights we did, and we can all learn from the refugees!