Gouda, The Netherlands

How do you pronounce Gouda? We’re day 9 into our trip and I still struggle. I say “HOW-DA”.


Useful tips: make sure you call your bank to let them know you’re going abroad. I forgot to do this and our credit cards wouldn’t budge. Some shops no longer accept credit cards with a strip on it. But they will accept cash…

While we were here, we took the train to Amsterdam Central station and explored there.  We got on a boat tour and learned a lot about the city.image

Owen loved the canal boat tour ride because it didn’t involve walking. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the rows of bicycles. This is my second visit to Amsterdam. One thing I noticed is that this city isn’t children-friendly. Searching for restrooms are challenging. not only that but my little guy kept getting hit by purses as we crossed streets in crowds. At one point, I look over my shoulder, gripping his hand, I see his head bopping back and forth. But the hard part was yet to come. We experienced second hand smoke at every turn. Not. Fun.

Nevertheless, we came, we conquered. It was only a few hours of discomfort.