By: Cathal Reynolds, Ruairi Trimble and Hannah Shea
Waking up at 2am, 80 students and 8 teachers met at Lanesboro Community College and boarded two buses bound for Dublin Airport. It was the start of a 4 day trip to Amsterdam that we would never forget.
Our trip to Amsterdam was a great enjoyable experience. We landed in Eindhoven at around 10 o’clock. Our first activity was a behind the scenes tour of Amsterdam Arena, the home of Ajax Football Club. After we had a very educational tour of Anne Frank’s house. The tour was very interesting and showed us how people lived during the war.
We had a quick visit to the Tulip Museum, after that exhausting day we went to our hotel for our first night’s sleep.
On day two we woke up bright and early at 7:15 for another very educational day. We first visited the Rijks Museum, where we saw some very fascinating Dutch paintings such as Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch”. We also saw many sculptures, weapons and ship models. We then had an interesting visit to the Van Gogh Museum, home to one of Amsterdam’s most famous artists. We saw many fantastic paintings and learned about his life, loves and insanity.
After our lunch we took a canal boat tour throughout the many canals of Amsterdam and went through many of the 1500 bridges in the city. Amsterdam has so many canals it is known as the ‘Venice of the North’. We visited Madurodam in The Hague, a small model version of the Netherlands.
Afterwards we went to the Tikibad pool. This was an indoor water park with many thrilling slides. We headed straight back to the hotel.
On day three we went to Efteling the biggest theme park in the Netherlands, and also one of the oldest in the world. This was an incredible and fun experience.
That evening we travelled to the Euromast Space Tower, Rotterdam. This took us up to the incredible height of 185m and we could see the whole city of Rotterdam. After our evening meal in the hotel we went to Noordwijk bowling alley, walking distance from our hotel. After another tiring day we returned to the hotel.
At 7:15 we checked out. We went on a boat trip of Rotterdam Harbour, one of the biggest harbours in the world. There we saw the workings of the shipyards and the docks. We also experienced the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships. We then travelled through Belgium and visited the Woluwe Shopping Centre. We departed Charleroi Airport and reached Dublin at 7:15pm. At 10 o’clock we arrived back in Lanesboro. It was a once in a lifetime experience and was enjoyed by all students.
We would like to thank all the teachers and all our fellow students for the trip of a lifetime.