Helena and Olivia
O: Heyo guys! It's your daring duo Olivia and Helena coming at ya!
H: We volunteered to write about our experiences for the blog today, and decided that we wanted to do it together!
O: Well more like we were volun-told... Today started off great because we didn't have to leave until 9 today so we actually got to sleep.
H: I thought it was 8...
O: No it was definitely 9.
H: Fine. Okay, like she said, the morning was nice because we got to sleep in. Although a certain somebody needed multiple wake up calls and alarms in order to do so. Anyway, we spent the first couple of hours in the bus traveling from Amsterdam into Belgium.
O: By certain someone she means me, but I was enjoying my pull-out closet bed. So as we Belgium we stopped at multiple grave sights. We were lucky enough to have Skye read us some letters from her Grandfather's uncle who fought in WWI which made it seem much more real.
H: You need to slow down. The places we stopped were Sanctuary Wood, Essex Farm and a few others. We split the day between listening to music together and sleeping on the bus, and stopping at memorials. It was pretty emotional. The letters from Skye's great great uncle, who was only 17 when he left for the war, and 18 when he died, were to his father and brother. Being able to hear about what it was really like for those young men, was... very moving. We were able to find his grave, which was very emotional for all of us. We had a moment of silence, and left Canadian flags, candles, and poppy's at his grave, and there was only a few dry eyes between us all.
O: Seeing the thousands upon thousands of white gravestones was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through and those were just the Canadian soldiers that laid their lives down for others. Next we stopped for lunch and broke off into our own little groups where we could venture out all on our own, I don't know why they trusted us to be by ourselves, but I guess we are still here which is a good sign.
H: Lunch was so much fun! We went into chocolate shop after chocolate shop, ate some incredible Belgian sandwiches, and ogled the beautiful gothic architecture.
O: After lunch we travelled to the city Ypres to visit the Flanders Field Museum which was Mind blowing! It was in a huge old building, but was really cool because it was pretty modern inside. It was full of interactive exhibits and I learned so much about WWI. There were old weapons,uniforms, stretchers, and even an old sardine can.
H: After the museum (which was incredible), we went out to dinner. It was delicious, half a chicken, salad, and fries! All of the restaurants here are so beautiful. And every meal comes with a huge bowl of fries or two, and let me tell you, I could get used to it.
O: It really was amazing! After supper we walked through the streets to the Last Post Memorial Ceremony, which was a lot like Remembrance Day. They have been doing this ceremony everyday for over 100 years. It was phenomenal. The two trumpet players sounded like one. The building was beautiful with the names of fallen soldiers inscribed onto the walls. We took a group photo on the outside along with our flag to commemorate our time there.
H: After that, we headed to the hotel for the night. We passed through the border into France, and we all cheered and danced about a bit on the bus. The hotel is picturesque, and we're excited to be here for the night. We're all tired (and some people are frustrated because the internet isn't working), but we're super excited to wake up to explore France tomorrow.
O: Until next time everyone! Au Revoir!