We finally have arrived in the Netherlands after a 5 our flight from San Francisco and 8 hour flight from Newark to Amsterdam. Before boarding, we decided that Mrs. Spurlock would be in charge of the boys and I would be in charge of the girls. Both of us have become mother hens to 8 wonderful students. We are ardently keeping a close eye on all of them. We are also teaching them some travel lessons. The students guided us to the proper gate and had a quick snack before boarding. During the longer flight, most of the students were able to sleep. This teacher not so much.
At 7:45am, we landed and made quick progress through Dutch customs and then were greeted by a small crowd of smiling faces. One by one, the students were whisked off by their host families and explored the city of Amsterdam. Mrs. Spurlock and I were guided through the city by two teacher from our host school, Mrs. de Hoon and Mrs. Middendorp. We walked, shopped, ate poffertjes. And when we were done, we walked some more. Next, we took a boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam before boarding a train to Dordrecht,. I noticed on my pedometer that we walked 13,000 steps in about 5 hours.
In the evening, our host families treated us to a traditional l Dutch dinner and as we tried to stay up for coffee and pleasant conversation. However, most of the students and both teachers went to sleep very early. We had a long day. I wonder what tomorrow has in store for us?