Greetings from Haarlem! I finally found a computer here in the lobby of the hotel, and finally bought a card which is quite expensive. I won't be posting much! It is lovely here, despite the wind, rain and squals! We visited Corrie ten Boom's house today. What a woman she was, and what an amazing story of love and forgiveness. We also listened to a concert in St Bavo's church which was built in 1370 and has over 1000 gravestones in the floor...you walk on them! The organ was played on by Mozart when he was 10 years old.
We went to Amsterdam yesterday on the train. We saw Anne Frank's house, another neat place which makes you cry. We also went to the Rijksmuseum. I saw many Rembrandt paintings. We were struck with the "Nightwatch".
The Dutch people are very friendly. They talk in a sing song voice. There are literally thousands of bikes everywhere. It's so neat to see them all ride past with little kids hanging on the front or sitting on the back...no helmets at all.
The trip here was very smooth. Our hotel is so clean and lovely. It is easy to catch the bus close by. The train system is very efficient. The food is wonderful although hard to find non spicy.
Well, I'll close before using up all my card...it's 45 minutes for 10 Euros. Things are very expensive here.
Leona, it's so hard to find a phone booth that uses our phone cards! And when we really want to call you, alas, it's midnight at your end of the world! You can try emailing me and I will try to check emails later on.
I might post again before we leave here on Monday. The next leg of the journey will be Nijmegen.
Signing off from Haarlem. Good night!