Women's Basketball in Europe: Day 6

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

canal cruise It was such a busy day for the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team on its summer trip to Europe that it took three juniors to write about it.

Day 6 Part 1 – by Laura Gregory

We arrived in Amsterdam and began our day with a canal cruise. We got a chance to see the beautiful architecture of houses that that dated all the way back to the 1700s. However, we noticed that several of the old houses were slanted and looked like they were going to collapse. Our tour guide told us that this is a common sight in Amsterdam and that many people have to replace the foundations in their houses if they want to keep living there.

One of the most interesting parts of the tour was seeing boats of all shapes and sizes lining the canal. Some were small shops and restaurants but we were surprised when our tour guide informed us that almost all of them were boat houses that stayed docked year round.

Our last stop was Anne Frank’s house, which caught the attention of everyone on the cruise. After snapping several pictures, the group headed back to the city for a quick lunch.

Day 6 Part 2 – by Abby Stenger

Mike's Bike Shop After our relaxing boat tour it was time for the Mules to get rolling!

In Amsterdam there are more bikes than people, and biking is a main form of transportation. So we wanted to get a feel of the city as if we were locals and headed to Mike’s Bike Shop to go on a tour through Amsterdam. After a wobbly start, since many of us had not ridden a bike for several years, the group traveled to the central park of Amsterdam.

From here our group split up and explored different parts of the city. My group went to the Pipe, which is a local market that was so crowded we had to walk our bikes through this very busy area. We also rode our bikes past a local zoo located on a river and saw giraffes and zebras. Throughout our entire ride we had to dodge trams, cars, other bikes and pedestrians, but luckily we all made it back in one piece!

Day 6 Part 3 – by Emily Lesher

Heineken It is safe to say that a majority of the group was somewhat parched after peddling through the bustling streets of the Amsterdam. Conveniently, our third stop of the day was at the world-famous Heineken Brewery.

Heineken was founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken and is very popular in the Netherlands. During our tour, we got to experience the “Brew-You” interactive movie, which explained how Heineken beer is produced while the platforms we were standing on jerked and jolted us as if we were the contents of the shiny green bottles themselves. We also got to see many old pictures of the brewery and what it looked like in its first days.

Our tour ended with a lively “Proost!” (“Cheers!” in Dutch) while we all enjoyed a free glass of the finished Heineken product – a thirst-quenching treat.

Lastly, the whole team gathered for a nice dinner at “de Koonprins Restaurant” in the heart of Amsterdam before getting back on the bus for the drive to our quaint hotel in Valkenburg.