7 Hour Train Rides and Belgian Waffles
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Where to begin. Throughout the week, everyone threw ideas around about what to do for the weekend and we meshed into two groups. Team Switzerland and Team Amsterdam. I, obviously, was part of Team Amsterdam. After many preparations and a last minute hotel booking, we were finally ready to go on the afternoon of June 5th. Nine girls and two guys trekking to the train station, tickets and bags in hand.
After picking up some snacks and drinks for the seven hour train ride, we made our way to the platform. It was then that I began to realize how much easier it is to travel alone. We all had to wait for one another, stop for someone to use the restroom, find a group of 11 seats together on the train (which, surprisingly, we did), and try not to get on each otherâï¿½ï¿½s nerves. As for the train, it was pretty comfortable. Our first train took us from Metz through Luxembourg into Belgium. During the layover in Belgium, we all split up at the station in search of food (Itâï¿½ï¿½s about 8:00pm and we left Metz at 4:00pm). Everyone came back with pizzas, burgers, pastas, etc. I, on the other hand, hunted down a classic Belgian waffle. When in Belgium...
Three hours later, we were pulling into the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Very exciting after a full day of French class and train-riding. Our first mission: find the hotel. I was able to find a hotel online two days before just outside of downtown. I booked two, six-bed bedrooms. Breakfast was included and we had all the amenities you could ask for in the hotel room (TV, clean shower and toilet). All of this for a total of $40 a night per person. We hopped on a tram outside of the train station that took us south towards our hotel. Once off, we were able to locate the hotel quite easily even though it was situated in a quiet neighborhood.