The group left Leiden early in the morning on a train north to the Zuiderzee Museum, a wonderful, living history museum in Enkhuizen in North Holland. Our time there allowed a hands-on exploration and provided students with food for thought about how the history, culture and geography of The Netherlands might be shaping contemporary Dutch education.
It also allowed for some relaxation on the ferry, some silliness, and some enjoyment of a rain-free day.
We wrapped the day up by stopping in Amsterdam and enjoying our first taste of Dutch pancakes.
And some folks participated in an optional (and very informative) tour of Amsterdam’s red light district, sponsored by the P.I.C. (the Prostitute Information Center). Many lessons were learned about the deeply rooter Dutch cultural value around “tolerance” — a value that extends far, far beyond prostitution.