was the first real day of the tour and we met at the
Contiki departure lounge early in the morning to weigh our
suitcases (there is a weight limit before your bag can
make it onto the bus) and to meet our new best
friends. 52 of us piled onto the bus and settled in
for the ride to Dover. During the bus ride we
started to get to know people on the bus.
It took about 2 hours to get to the Ferry at Dover because
the gear shift malfunctioned on the highway. We
boarded the ferry to Calais, France and the white cliffs
of Dover were a beautiful sight. The ferry ride was
about an hour and fifteen minutes long during which time
we had fast food and explored the boat.
We spent most of day 3 in the bus, as we drove through
Belgium to Amsterdam and arrived at the hotel in late
afternoon. We had dinner at the hotel and set off
for the city center and a boat cruise through the canals
of Amsterdam. Amsterdam was a clean, beautiful city
and we explored a little and drank a little after the boat
cruise. Lesson learned: Heineken in Amsterdam is
better than any where else in the world.