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