I have been away!
I went to stay in Rotterdam with my class (and 3 tutors) last week. It was a study trip so we were busy from after breakfast until quite late. Sometimes we didn’t get dinner until 10pm!
We did see a lot though, which was excellent. We were in Amsterdam for 2 days, the first and last day, as it was on the way to the port anyway (we came by boat from Newcastle). Amsterdam was interesting. There’s a lot of old architecture and some crazy new stuff!
Rotterdam is of course all new! It is an exciting city, and not somewhere that people usually visit, but I would recommend that you do, as it has some great museums, restaurants and has a great atmosphere. It also looks like it would be good to go shopping in, except that I never saw the street with all the shops while they were open as we were always running around, looking at architecture at that time!
We visited Belgium on one day. Unfortunately, by the time we got to Brugge, it was chucking it down.
I walked around the city with a group of about 8 people, but it was just horrible! We all got soaked, and we didn’t find a place to have dinner, or have time to get waffles! Not great at all for what is supposed to be one of the most beautiful cities!
We did, however, go to a concert (Mozart and Haydn) in the concert hall in Brugge. It was really good. Not only because we were out of the rain, either!
I was especially excited as the horn players were playing natural horns (instead of using valves, like a trumpet, which is the norm and makes it much easier), which I have never seen performed live before.
If you haven’t guessed, I adore horns. I used to play, and I fully intend to begin again when I have moved out of such thin-walled student accommodation!
All in all, a great study trip! And even more wonderful, as I have beccome much closer to some people on my course who I hardly knew previously.