Here we are on our first ever visit to the city of Amsterdam. The flight connections took us from St. Louis, to Raleigh Durham, to London, to Amsterdam. Together with the time spent waiting on connecting flights, we spent the better part of 20 hours in transit. The flight to London had quite a few empty seats, and Barbara and Cherie managed to commandeer a whole row of seats (3 in all) for themselves and got a little sleep while Steve and I fidgeted around in our coach seats trying to get comfortable. We were thoroughly exhausted when we arrived at our hotel in Amsterdam, so we took a little nap and then ventured out for our first look at the city of Amsterdam. The first thing that one notices is the overwhelming amount of bicycle traffic. The bikes come in all shapes and sizes and everyone from businessman to tourist is pedaling. There are bike racks everywhere and they even have bike parking centers that are three stories high accomodating more than 3000 bicycles. What Amsterdam doesn't have is a problem with obesity. Most everyone is slim and fit. English is a second language to the people of Amsterdam and they are friendly and more than willing to lend strangers a helping hand. The visit to Amsterdam was a real treat. What an energetic and exciting city! We can't wait to make a return trip.
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