I led a Tourin’ Tigers trip to the Netherlands and Belgium, and this is what happened

I recently had the pleasure of hosting 18 Tiger alumni and friends on a Tourin’ Tigers river cruise from Amsterdam to Antwerp (and a few other fabulous places along the way). And the best travel companion of all — Flat Truman came along too!

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18 Mizzou alumni and friends, 8 days, 3 countries, 1 Flat Truman – what more could a Tiger ask for?

Learn more about upcoming Tourin’ Tigers trips.


Day 1: Travel from CoMo to Amsterdam

I commonly joke it takes planes, trains and automobiles to travel anywhere from Columbia… and this trip was no exception. Following quite the travel day/night/day (it’s all running together), we touched down at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. I hope these do justice to the wonderful sights and sounds of The Netherlands, Belgium, and the Tiger love felt throughout our trip!

And from there, the adventure began!

Flat Truman getting to know his home for the next week, The Amadeus Silver!


Day 2: Amsterdam (and the famous Keukenhof Gardens!)

The tulip gardens are only open 8 weeks a year, and WE got to go.
Did I mention how much I love my job?

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Day 3: Giethoorn & Kampen

A canal cruise tour of an adorable little town, Giethoorn! A bit different – Giethoorn doesn’t have any streets! Everyone has tiny boats they travel through town with. Can you imagine hauling your groceries this way?

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Day 4: The Hague & Delft

We learned a lot about William of Orange and his impact on the history of the Netherlands, visited The Mauritshuis, and saw the Girl with the Pearl Earring.

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We had a wonderful get together with all of the Mizzou friends and family on board this evening. What a good lookin’ group! (If we do say so ourselves 🤗)


Day 5: Veere

We spent a leisurely day exploring the quaint little town of Veere (population 1,500), where Truman particularly liked the local candy shop.

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Did Truman really go to the Netherlands if he didn’t get a picture with a windmill?!

Truman also got in a bike ride and earned a post-ride beverage.


Day 6: And onto Belgium!

What better way to start our tour of Bruges? A brewery tour, of course! (Can you tell Flat Truman enjoyed this part of the trip?) 


Day 7: Antwerp

We enjoyed the local architecture and learning about the city’s history. It was amazing to see old mixed with new and learn what survived the bombings of WWII.

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And topped off the day with a Belgian Waffle (with dark chocolate, of course 🍫)


After a wonderful week spent with Tiger friends and family, it was sadly time to say goodbye and travel back home.

But I’m thankful to say I have 18 new friends, who all love Mizzou just as much as I do.

Until we meet again during our next Tourin’ Tigers trip, I wish you all well!

For Mizzou,

IMG_1045Cassie Reeser
Assistant Director, Alumni Programs
Mizzou Alumni Association

Learn more about the Tourin’ Tigers program (and you just might be fortunate enough to get to travel with Cassie).

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