After a very full week, students had the chance today to rest, shop at the Saturday market, and enjoy these views out of their dorm windows at Webster University. Tomorrow, most students signed up for either/both a visit to the Rijksmuseum or to the Anne Frank Huis…so many of us will be off to Amsterdam.
Today’s visit to Molen de Valk (the Falcon Windmill) was a nice compliment to the students’ current unit on Dutch history and culture. This windmill can be seen from the windows of many of the students’ dorm rooms.
Brian hanging out in the home of the miller (on the first floor of the mill) and climbing down the VERY steep steps from one of the top floors.
Patrick Michael L. making himself at home inside the mill…
…while Patrick Michael M. checks out the view from the very top.
Intrepid travelers. Heading north, with smiles on their faces despite the early hour and rainy weather.
Christian and Elliot discovering the wonders of how wool can keep you warm even when it’s wet.
Warming up with Dutch pancakes and hot chocolate.
After a rainy day like today, wooden shoes are starting to look more practical.
Students receive a warm Dutch welcome (coffee/tea & stroopwaffles) at a model high school for autistic students prepping for University. It was not hard to find many wonderful connections (and some striking contrasts) between Landmark College and Leo Kanner College.
Poster at Leo Kanner School (rough translations: the strengths of the worker with autism)
The birthday girl…w/ traditional Dutch treat that marks the birth of a girl child.
The group enjoyed a lovely tour of the city — learning about Dutch history and culture, as well as where best to buy groceries, adapters for their computers, and an inexpensive Indonesian meal. A big surprise for what would typically be a sleepy Sunday — we stumbled upon a Japanese festival that ran the entire length of one of the main canals. The Netherlands can always be counted on for delightful surprises.
All have arrived safe and (somewhat) sound after our l-o-n-g flight.