Amsterdam is a wonderful place that changes quite rapidly with bikes, buses, trains and cars everywhere. More importantly the weather can literally switch on a dime (probably why I got sick so soon) but as anyone in a foreign country we are adapting. Today was our second day of working the European Athletic Championships and what a wonderful experience this has been. Today we worked with the local school children by making sure they had a fun filled day experiencing the Games from their own perspective. I got to time all the kids while they ran the 100 meter dash and then help them improve their time if they wished. We also held group relay races for the schools to help develop their teamwork. I have learned more in these few days abroad then I could ever describe in this post. I can't wait to see what more this trip has in store for me in the coming days.
The kids got to see the Games live today and one of the events they saw was the Heptathlon which consists of seven events over a two day period. The first day is complied of 100 meter hurdles, the high jump, shot put, and 200 meters. The next day is the long jump, javelin and finally the 800 meters. This event tests the athletes persistence and ability to perform under large amounts of physical and mental stress. This helps show the kids what they can achieve if they decide to push themselves as far as they can.
One of the few Dutch words I can speak....Goed zo!