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I had a multi-hour wait at the Amsterdam airport, so I got online and learned that train to the city center and a boat canal tour from across from the station was the way to go.I fought my urge to get a pod in their pod hotel. The boat tour was perfect – convenient, fresh air, different, got to see a bunch of things, not too many opportunities to screw up in my half-asleep state.

Even though kings, princes and merchants are all referred to in the history of Amsterdam, the size of everything emphasizes the at least relative egalitarianism of the people.  One can – and the Dutch do – get around the city using ferry, bike and tram. I think Hannah would like to use mostly bikes and boats to get around, as would I! From the boat I also saw a fun playground Margaret would enjoy.

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