AJAX – The Home of Many Legends

After being awake for 56 hours, we finally got a full nights rest.  We started the day off with breakfast and headed to Zaanse Schans, a quaint tourist village similar to the set up of Living History Farms in Des Moines.  We got a glimpse of the true Dutch architecture with all the homes and window fronts, as well as the numerous windmills.  This location has the largest concentration of windmills in the world!

Next, we traveled to a new city, Volendam, where we took time to shop and walk the streets. This location is a fishing vilage as well as the hometown of many very famous Dutch singers.  We were reminded of Pella as we passed several closed shops due to the fact that today is Sunday.

After shopping we drove to Amsterdam ArenA, the largest futbol arena in Holland, to watch Ajax take on RKC.  Words can’t describe the atmosphere that we were emerged in.  The stadium was full, holding approximately 75,000 chanting fans.  Fans are much more involved in the game.  They hold greater respect for the players and the game itself.  The first goal in the AJAX game was captured by Coach Goodman:   http://youtu.be/5_Ol-vjBx_M  After a 3-0 victory over RKC, Ajax players took a lap around the field to express their thanks in a unique and traditional way.  With help from our supporting fans, we may just bring this tradition home with us.

Central Women at Amsterdam ArenA

The women watch Ajax v RKC

-Alayna Bailey (sophomore) & Kelsey Schippers (sophomore)






  1. Rami
    7:25 am on March 16th, 2012

    I’m travelling to Amsterdam in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to catch a football match there, the atmosphere is sublime. Good post.

  2. Barbara
    4:54 am on July 19th, 2012

    Glad you enjoyed your football tour in Holland!
    On our last visit there we did a guided tour of the Amsterdam ArenA stadium which was cool. Sadly we couldn’t get to a game but next time we would like to see the Dutch national team play.

    There is also an Ajax museum in the centre of town called the Ajax Experience (http://www.amsterdamtips.com/tips/ajax-experience.php) which was fun to visit as well.

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