We saw a lot of bikes and cars.

We saw a lot of mini scooters.

We saw a lot of boats in the canals.

Away From Home Haarlem/Amsterdam My Time Here

We had a great time in the Netherlands, going to different museums and down different streets. I liked seeing Corrie Ten Boom’s house and learning even more about her than the book would explain to me. I liked to see the different streets and alleys in Haarlem, because I thought they were beautiful.

When we went to the Corrie Ten Boom museum, I was able to see the actual hiding place inside of her actual house, which was pretty cool. I learned how small the hole was and that the Nazis would be able to hear the people in the hiding place if anyone moved. They had to stand up in there without water, food, or sleep for forty-seven hours. One of the ladies in there had asthma and couldn’t breathe very well. Corrie was arrested after the Nazis invaded their house along with about twenty-six others, including her family and the people that thought it would be safe to come to the house. Because Corrie was sick that day, she wasn’t able to do anything about the Nazis. In fact, she just thought that the real thing was a drill.

Yesterday, we went to Amsterdam, which was pretty fun. It is not really a very kid-friendly town, though, for reasons I am not going to explain here. We tried to avoid the bad part of town, which we did, because it would not have been any fun if we went there. We went to a restaurant that had, at first what I thought, was themed like the sixties. I thought wrong. I got a burger that had a sauce that tasted like a sloppy joe, so I took the meat out and just ate that. On the bright side, the meat tasted really good (better than the stuff back in the U.S.). The fries were served with mustard, but luckily they gave us ketchup for the burgers.

Places We Saw in Haarlem

On Wednesday we flew a plane to Amsterdam and then took a bus to Haarlem. Finally, my family walked to the house we stayed at. We realized that we were across a huge church called Grote Markt.


Thursday my family walked around shops and ate at a pizza restaurant.

On Friday we went to Corrie TenBoom’s house and ate at a really good Greek restaurant. Corrie TenBoom hid Jews in a hiding place so they wouldn’t be found by the Germans. When Corrie was arrested, she hid six people. Corrie was released from prison and spent the rest of her life telling people about Jesus’ forgiveness.

On Saturday we walked to a train station and went to Amsterdam. We walked over several bridges and we saw an ice-cream place and got some. I got banana. It was really good. Then we got some dinner. Finally, we took a train back and walked home. My favorite part was seeing Anne Frank’s house.

I like the church because it is tall and you can see the stained glass windows from the inside.