Copenhagen 🇩🇰 and Gothenburg 🇸🇪
We passed through the train station in Copenhagen but Reuben and I "tapped out" so we'll include it here.
We got to explore Hamburg with a few different people (an open source connection and a good friend's sister). Locals know best!
We took the S-train and then walked to the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, then spent some time at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
We started out by the Powder Tower and Old Town Square, then went to Wenceslas Square and the National Museum.
Bavaria 🇩🇪 🇦🇹
Switzerland (and France) 🇳🇱 🇩🇪 🇨🇭 🇫🇷
We traveled to Basel, touching four countries in one day (Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and then just over the border in France, where our apartment was). The trains were packed.
Den Haag 🇳🇱
We headed towards Den Haag while mom finished some final meetings related to her fellowship, after a few more weeks in Hoogersmilde.
From Ani's travel journal 🇳🇱
3 Days ago I threw up. today mom got me a stuffed animaL becausg i DiD Not have one with me. win we were in Chicago we saw the giant Bean. we went out side anD we HaD a good time. reuBeN, alleia, and dad went too the royaL palace and Reuben and Alleia fed pigeoNs.
Hoogersmilde and Friesland 🇳🇱
After Amsterdam, we drove to another small town, this one called Hoogersmilde. Our rental house is inside of a state park and has a huge backyard, but in the Netherlands, they call backyards gardens! Anyway, it has two tree houses, a trampoline, and plenty of extra space! Also, the neighbors have ponies. We have seen to many horses to count around here!
Weesp and the Dairy Farm 🇳🇱
During our time in Amsterdam, we stayed at a small, 8th generation Dutch dairy farm on the outskirts of a small town called Weesp. My favorite part about our stay was the tour of the farm that was given by one of the farmers. I got to see her dog, and I loved to pet the calfs (they licked me a lot, did you know that they don't have teeth?)!!!
On our first day in Amsterdam, we took the train to central station and walked to the Royal Palace. In Dam Square, right in front of the Palace, there was a huge flock of pigeons and people feeding them.
The kids and I drove to Chicago to fly and we made a pit-stop at Millennium Park before boarding. We wanted to see "the Bean" again and then also discovered the wonderful Maggie Daley park across a snaking pedestrian bridge, where we burned off some energy before our flight.