To call it an adventure is like saying the Rockies are just some big hills.
It all began with an earlier-than-planned departure due to an oncoming snowstorm. Twenty-four students and three instructors all trudged to the Indianapolis airport on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Easy enough, but only 11 of the 27 were ensured a Tuesday departure.
Apparently Delta would not make any additional ticket changes until a weather alert had been issued. At 10:45 a.m., I received a phone call from Ryan Sparrow indicating the advisory had been issued. I made a mad dash to the Delta ticket counter. It was like a bad comedy trying to explain the situation, me with one ear on the phone talking to Marsha the travel agent, all the while trying to talk to and listen to the Delta ticket agent.
But after about an hour and half, some great help and some fast-talking from me, the remaining 16 were booked on a flight from Indianapolis to Detroit, connecting to Amsterdam. Amazingly enough, the entire group of 27 all arrived in Amsterdam within a couple of hours of one another.
The bad part of departing a day early: having to hurry to get things done and forgetting half of the things you need. The good part: an unplanned and unexpected day of sightseeing in Amsterdam.
At this point we had all been up for more than 24 hours, and while we were all tired, there was an adrenaline rush from the excitement of exploring a new city that was keeping us awake. So after a minute to freshen up and grab a coffee, we were on our way into downtown Amsterdam. A 15-minute train ride and we were in the heart of one of Europe’s most picturesque cities, filled with shops and beautiful churches and buildings, some of which existed before the United States.
We split into groups to explore. Some went to see the Anne Frank House. Others went to the flower market. All had a great time exploring the atmosphere of Amsterdam.
BSU at the Games is a freelance news agency operated by 22 student journalists reporting from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games through an immersive-learning program at Ball State University.