The Amsterdam canals rock it all

Pauline is a blogger for the website voormijnkleintje.nl for this occassion she ‘played tourist in her own country’ or ‘toerist spelen in eigen land’ as the Dutch would say. She tried two cruises the Kids Cruise and the Hard Rock Burger Cruise…

Meanwhile, we are already well on our way with playing tourist in my own country. In fact, tourist in their own region! We do live next to the bulb fields. And Amsterdam is only two stations away. My children are getting more and more excited to visit Amsterdam more frequently and wonder why we do not go to Amsterdam every weekend! It is so cozy in Amsterdam and they also want to learn that language. I hear you think, learn that language? Well that is also what I wondered. So they told me that they thought that only English was spoken in Amsterdam. So it was high time for an explanation. This time from the Amsterdam canals…

Do they speak English in Amsterdam?

It is also not surprising that my children think they speak English in Amsterdam. Each audio tour and guided tour is first offered in English. But fortunately there are also tourists from The Netherlands and enough activities available in Dutch! For example, you can do a kids cruise called the ‘Freshwater Pirates’ from Blue Boat Company. This cruise is really fun for the children. With a workbook, binoculars, assignments and the interactive audio story of Sjonnie and Harold they can discover Amsterdam. Or, as we did recently, the Hard Rock Burger Cruise. A cruise through the Amsterdam canals in Hard Rock style. Because what makes this cruise so attractive, of course, are the burgers that you get to eat during the 90-minute cruise.

A kissing couple, a ‘bakfiets’ or someone who makes a selfie?

The departure point for this cruise is opposite of the Hard Rock café. During the cruise you do not hear an audio story, but rock music is played on the boat. For a mother this is actually 90 minutes zen. Because no matter how hard they tried, my children’s chatter did not transcend roaring guitars. All craziness put aside, the volume was really not that bad. You can still talk to each other perfectly. But we had to come up with the stories about the Amsterdam canals ourselves. With the help of a bingo (made up by my man!), my children had enough fun during the cruise. Because who can spot a kissing couple first? A ‘bakfiets’ (bike with a vessel behind it where children can sit in)? Or someone who makes a selfie? And who sees a real English speaking tourist? Typical things you’ll see in Amsterdam.