As we walked to town, I was just so infatuated with the architecture of the city, and the feeling I got while being there. It also did not hurt to see so many happy, active people there. Everyone was riding bikes, and there were barely any cars on the streets, even though it is a city. I also felt very safe and comfortable there. We walked to the city center and visited the Apple store, since half our group needed to have our laptops checked out (there's no Apple store in Morocco). While waiting for our laptops to be checked out, we walked around the shops and the Tulip Market. The city center was pretty crowded, but surprisingly enough, I did not care. Since Nate and I were fasting, we tried to explore as much non-food related sights as possible but there were cheese shops on every corner that teased us! Since we got to the apartment pretty late the night before, we all took an early evening nap before we got all dressed up to go out to a fancy dinner. Dakota and I bought dresses at the mall a couple weeks earlier that we put on, and the boys brought their suits. There are not many opportunities to get dressed up in college, so we all wanted to just have fun and do something that we usually do not get the chance to do. We started walking downtown, which is about a 3-mile walk and it started to drizzle. At first, we were fine in the rain, but then it started pouring. Derek and Nate freaked out about their suits and we were all drenched so we started running back to the apartment. By the time we got back, it looked like we all just got out of the shower. The grocery store around the corner closed at ten and it was 9:30 so we ran around the corner and grabbed a bunch of groceries to make dinner inside. I volunteered to make omelets and quinoa so we grabbed ingredients and ran back. We turned on some music once we got in the apartment and started singing, dancing, and cooking together. It was so much fun. We also Skyped our friends from AUI who traveled to Barcelona and Geneva. Finally, dinner was ready at 10:30 and we were able to eat. We ended up eating in our pajamas, so "fancy night" was technically not a success, but I would not of had it any other way. We stayed up playing cards and laughing and then went to sleep so we could wake up early to go to the Anne Frank House!
The next morning we got up, had coffee, and then went on our way to downtown. We got to the Anne Frank House and realized that there was a line that spanned more that two blocks of people waiting to see the museum! After waiting in line for more two-and-a-half hours, we finally got in. The museum was beautiful and it meant a lot to see it the day after a very important Jewish Holiday. I started thinking that I did not think it was fair for one girl to be the face of the Holocaust. There were six million Jews and other minorities that were murdered in the Holocaust and I do not like that one girl's name is the one we remember. I wish that everyone had a museum, or something to be remembered by, because we all have a story. That evening we roamed around the city and ate dinner at a delicious burger place, where I got the best portobello mushroom burger I have ever had. We then walked for two hours in search of the Red Light District, and even after asking six different people and taking a taxi, we could not find it! The taxi actually broke down and Nate and Derek had to push the taxi to the nearest corner, but the driver said the Red Light District was just a straight two minute walk, but we still couldn't find it! We ended up heading back to apartment and watched "The Conjuring" and then went to bed. The next day was our departure day and we left to go to the train station at 9, but ended up getting there closer to 11, because once again, we got lost. We missed our first train but ended up getting on another one 15 minutes later. We got to the airport 7 minutes before our flight took off and then got back to Fes.
The weekend was amazing and I definitely want to go back to Amsterdam in the future. I am so tired, but it was all worth it. Next week I have midterms, so I am glad I got to have an incredible weekend before I have to study nonstop for the next week!
|This was the back of a shop at the Tulip Market!|
|After we got caught in the rain! (Left to right: Derek, Me, Nate)|
|Tulips and Sunflowers!|
|The best Gouda in the whole world was here.|