Wrapping up an Amazing Tour!
Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
12Trip End May 08, 2010
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The day began with a bit of a change in plans, as several groups (including ours) realized that we would not be able to attend the Military Tattoo this evening, given the timing of the event late this evening (ending after 11pm and the early flight the next morning). The students, once learning how we would spend the day and evening instead though, were quite excited for the day's activities. We began the day with a bus tour of the town of Arnhem, site of the famous WWII campaign codenamed Operation Market Garden. Students visited the Arnhem Bridge, the bridge featured in the film A Bridge Too Far, and had our tour guide Chris explain about why this battle was a "tragic defeat" for the Allies near the end of the war. The students were able to visit a small museum with information about the battle, and also visited the Oosterbeek War Cemetery where many of the casualties are buried.
After our guided tour, the group travelled into the town of Arnhem itself for lunch and several hours of shopping time. Students were able to finish their gift items and personal shopping while enjoying the atmosphere of an open-air market and local vendors. Following our time in Arnhem, we made our way back to Apeldoorn in the afternoon for a final hour of shopping. The students were very excitied about their shopping time and trust me, they made the most of that time. Bags aplenty in our bus today,and I'm sure a few Visas are wincing today. Oh well, that's what they bring the money for!
As we made our way back to the hotel town of Beekbergen, we stopped at a local train station to see some old locomotives and a train car used to deport Dutch Jews during the Holocaust. Having seen the Anne Frank House the night before, this was a very poignant experience for the students.
It was an early evening into the hotel for the students as tehy packed, had a final swim and a few even biked into town with Mr. Crooks after dinner (how typically Dutch!). It was a great day today, and a great way to end a fantastic tour overall. Tomorrow we leave for home and we hope that all our luggage makes the weight restrictions! We'll see!