One of the many perks of traveling with our daughter is the excitement and joy we get to experience with her as she explores new surroundings. During our summer adventure this year, Paige started writing on her travel journal. It is so much fun to see her perspective of what is going on. One thing we know for sure, eating is one of the main highlight of Paige’s vacations (I wonder where she got that from). Here is a little snap shot of Amsterdam through Paige’s window to the soul.
Amsterdam Day 1
We had an English breakfast in London and went on the flight. We are at now at Amsterdam! The trip was long but so fun! We went in a very cozy hotel. I love vacation! We walked around Amsterdam and we saw a bunch of Miffies. Miffy is a very cute bunny with and “x” mouth that represents a lot of deadly things that happened in Amsterdam (You don’t want to know about it, it’s scary). If you don’t know anything about me, now you do. I love bunnys and I love cheese. We went to the waffle and cheese stores and I tried almost every sample—until the store owner told me I was naughty. I am so excited about seeing more bunnies and trying more cheese on this trip.
Amsterdam Day 2
Today we went on a walking tour! We had a problem! Dad didn’t go on the same train as us! Fortunately, some new friends and our cell phones came to our rescue! We found daddy. We explored Amsterdam on the tour, and found kitties and duckies along the way. I met a friend that recently went to Italy. She was very nice. She wanted to go to the Anne Frank Museum very badly but the line was so long that they could not get in.
Amsterdam Day 3
Today we went to two museums and Rembrandt’s house. First, we went to the Van Gogh Museum. I like all his paintings—they were so detailed and awesome! My favorite is “The Potato Eaters.” I can’t believe that people didn’t like “The Potato Eaters” and told Van Gogh to quit! It was the best of his paintings! And then we went to the Rijk’s Museum and saw the “Milk Maid.” We took a picture of us pouring milk just like her. We played a scavenger hunt game in the Museum and I beat mommy and daddy! I got a feather pen as a reward from the museum and two Play Mobile Lego sets of the “Milk Maid” and the “Night watchers.” At Rembrandt’s house, I learned about textures and colors in art. I learned that when you mix warm color with cool color, that’s good. But don’t do it too much or it’ll be a disaster! We had Chinese food for dinner and are back at our cozy hotel.
Amsterdam Day 4
Today we went on a boat tour to see the canals of Amsterdam. We also went to the Bible Museum. They have a lot of bibles and a model of the temple. We also went to the Photography Museum and saw a lot of strangely interesting photos (one of the photo is named “Milk Blood”). We waited for two hours outside Anne Frank’s House and finally got in. In was so sad! Everybody in the house died except for her dad. They killed her just because she is Jewish, isn’t that so mean? She is Jewish, and there’s nothing wrong with that! I learned not to judge someone based on who they are, what color their skin is, and what language they speak. We had a delicious dinner. We went back to the hotel and had a nice rest.
Amsterdam Day 5
We had a good breakfast. We saw the Windmills and a cheese factory today. I also saw how they made the wooden clogs. They sell the wooden clogs but I didn’t want to get them because I don’t want splinters on my feet. I ate almost every sample of cheese again at the cheese factory. We had vanilla ice cream made of real cow milk, that was so cool! One of the windmills was free to go in so we checked it out. We saw a lot of sheep, cows and goats. After lunch, we went to a castle and met a friend from Italy. There was a garden outside the castle. It was so green! I did a cartwheel in the garden! Miffy and I photo bombed every picture that my mommy and daddy were in. We were so proud of ourselves!
We are firm believers that if we are to spend money, we would much rather spend it on enriching experiences rather than earthly possessions. As we travel more, we noticed that Paige’s geographical awareness has increased (she is getting to the point where she can almost figure out the subway system in most countries), she is extremely curious and open-minded (especially with food, she will tell you that her favorite food is escargot), she is confident (she will tell you that she can speak 4 to 5 languages, even though it is only a few phrase per language), and that she is learning to understand and respect different art forms, music and cultures (with the exception of abstract art, she insists that the artwork at the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam are ridiculous because they are “just lines and color”). Were we concerned about taking our little one to London weeks after the London Bridge attack, or to China four months after the H1N1 pandemic in China? You bet we are! But as Dr. Seuss wrote, “You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?”
We chose to go in and we chose to win!