I can’t believe it, but our last day is finally here. I woke up feeling tired, but knew I had to make the most of the day since I won’t be back in the Netherlands for a long time (maybe ever, who knows). Lauren and I got our last generator breakfast at 9am, and like always, I devoured my croissants. This morning we had a lot of free time, so we decided to rent bikes and go biking around the area. First, we started out slow in the park, then eventually worked our way up to the street. I’m not gonna lie, a few locals yelled at us and we almost got hit by a car, but it was fun either way. We biked to a bagel shop and got some bagels and coffee as well. A Perfect start to my day if you ask me.
We had to get back to the generator by 2pm for our last company event: Tony’s Chocolonely. A member of the company, Joke Aerts, gave us a presentation on Tony’s mission and their reason for producing chocolate. They’re a company that is fully sustainable and promotes the sustainable farming and purchasing of cacao. Essentially, they sell chocolate bars to promote their mission for a cleaner cacao industry and end child labor in this supply chain. I was really inspired by Tony’s goals, and am definitely going to start looking into this industry more when I buy chocolate products from other companies.
After the presentation and a nice gift of some chocolate from Joke, we all went to the Tony’s Chocolonely superstore in the center of the city for, of course, some more chocolate. I ended up buying Hazelnut Crunch and Strawberry Cheesecake, and I can’t wait to try them when I get home. After the quick trip there, we hopped on the tram to our final destination as a group: the last supper. We ate at an Indonesian Restaurant called Desa and the food was scrumptious. There’s something about buffet style meals that just makes them taste better to me. Here, we unfortunately had to say bye to Dasha because we were leaving early tomorrow for the airport. Thank you for being an awesome guide and friend; we’ll miss you Dash!
Of course after dinner we had to get gelato…. I believe this is number five for me. What can I say, I’m an ice cream girl through and through. I got a scoop of coffee-hazelnut and nutella, and it was even more delicious than I expected. I think I’m gonna miss Amsterdam’s gelato the most out of anything.
It’s so crazy thinking about this being our last day in Amsterdam. It feels like I was just sitting on the plane, watching tv and looking at our flight path to the Netherlands. I’m so happy I can say that these have been some of the best days of my life these past 2 weeks. To think I’ve made so many friends and amazing memories that’ll last me a lifetime on this trip warms my heart. I can’t wait to see everyone on campus in the fall and say hi. All I want to say now is … doei!