​We arrived in Amsterdam just at the end of the Euro Pride celebration so the city was awash with colour and packed with people. 

We maneuvered our way through the crowds before stopping for the first (of many) crepes before heading to the hostel for a well earned sleep.

Our first full day in Amsterdam started with a trip to the Van Gogh museum. The group picked up the children’s quiz and set off around the museum. It followed Van Gogh’s life from his starting years as an artist, moving to France, and his struggle with mental illness which lead to his death. We wandered for a couple of hours, completing the quiz as we went which involved finding certain paintings.

We then got the standard tourist photos at the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign followed by a power walk to Vondelpark where we stopped for lunch.

Anne Frank’s house was a different mood compared to the rest of the trip. The group had the opportunity to walk through the entire museum which went up into the annexe where she, and others, hid for 2 years from the Nazis before following an exhibition which had photos of Anne and her family and pages from her actual diary.

To see as much of the city as possible, and to take advantage of the canals, we took a canal cruise which let us see how houses next to the canals start to tilt over time, just how popular boats are, and how friendly the Dutch are as lots were happy to wave to us as we cruised past.

Our second serving of crepes were savoury and for dinner – which were surprisingly delicious. Quickly, our third serving of crepes (or waffles!) were for dessert. We had these in the middle of a Euro Pride festival while we were looking for the Rembrandt monument (which conveniently was the centrepiece for the festival so we didn’t get to see it!)

It was then an early night for Ayrshire Adventurers before our final day!

On Monday morning we headed to Zaanse Schans which is a traditional dutch tourist attraction – windmills, clogs, cheese making, old dutch shops… It was a lovely morning which made it nice to wander round, do a bit of cycling and eat some ice cream for brunch!

The group then split up in the afternoon so the girls could get in some much desired shopping time, and the leaders could get to a few more museums.

We are now all safely back on Scottish soil after a delayed flight home. 

So that’s the end of our adventures until next time – this is goodnight and not goodbye.