Today at lunch I spoke with a very nice substitute teacher who completely allayed all of my travel fears. She spent some time living in Europe–the Netherlands, to be specific–and she was so very reassuring that I not only feel better about our travel plans, I’m back to being thrilled. I expressed my two main concerns; one, that Florence would be unbearably hot and crowded and two, that Amsterdam is just a city full of men roaming around looking for…well, you know. She assured me that Amsterdam has so much to offer it is a not-to-be-missed destination, citing museums and canal cruises and bike tours animatedly, and that the so called ‘red-light district’ stays where it is–you can simply not go there. As for Florence, yes, she said, it would be hot, but not unbearably so, and even if it was unbearably hot, no one really cares because there’s so much to see and do, you don’t have much time to stand around and be annoyed.
I am constantly amazed by how helpful so many people can be–especially when it comes to trip planning. I cannot wait to turn around and be helpful for others.