After a fun filled night of strutting their stuff on the ferry dance floor, team Holland 2013 began day 1 with a early rise in time for breakfast and made the short journey to Amsterdam.
A scenic canal boat trip around the city ticked the cultural orientation session box (who said this wasn’t an educational trip?) and the pupils enjoyed the free time to peruse the classy shops, although for the boys, window shopping was definitely the order of the day.
After the Euros were spent and the bus was filled with tat, we made the journey to Hotel Op de Boud in Valkenburg which will be our base for the remainder of the trip. Tonight certainly was the calm before the storm as the pupils walked the sleepy streets of Valkenburg – tomorrow team Holland 2013 take on the challenge of the mighty Phantasialand. Of course we will be using this opportunity to study centrifugal and centripetal forces including their effect on the decibel range of screams produced. Our hypothesis is that this will not be a linear relationship. There will also be a short session discussing the finer points of metallurgy and choice of materials used in the construction of the roller coasters. Failing that we’ll just have lots of fun.
Statistics for the day
Pupils lost in Amsterdam = 3
Pupils found in Amsterdam = 4
Dutch children to return on Thursday = 1
Rows given by Mrs. Hoban = 2
Teachers who had to apologise to Mrs. Hoban = 2
Staff who slept in the bathroom to avoid snoring cabin mates = 1
Travellers are currently tucked up in bed, but will be eager to see your comments tomorrow morning!