This spring and summer in Europe has just flown by. The last time I looked, it was May. Now, it’s August. Wow. Time really does fly when you’re having fun. And keeping busy.
Although it’s been super long since my last post, I thought I’d take this little downtime I have to fill you in on what I’ve done in the meantime. Some of this may seem redundant (especially if you follow me on Instagram), but I thought it’d be nice to stlll put it down in writing (or typing). So I can remember this blur of a spring/summer.
I last left off in Berlin, Germany. From there we flew to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is an adorably cute city. Unfortunately, it has a reputation for being party central (think legal recreational marijuana use and prostitution). Because of this, many tourists come to Amsterdam just to party and sadly, that ruins the ambiance. But take all of that way, and the museums, the canals, and the friends can still make Amsterdam a charming visit. Just make sure to stay out of certain areas.
We only had 2.5 days in Amsterdam, so we decided to hit the ground running. After dropping our luggage off, we headed to the Van Gogh Museum. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists, therefore visiting The Van Gogh Museum was an absolute necessity on this trip. Fortunately, the museum was open on Friday night, having a evening social/technology/art event (think: Thursday night NightLife at the Academy of Sciences in SF). No photos of the artwork itself (Number 1: It’s forbidden and Number 2: The beauty of masterpieces can never be expressed in photos), but it’s such an amazing museum, one of my favorites in the world (along with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and MOMA in NYC).
The next day we headed to the world famous Rijksmuseum to view artwork from further Dutch painters. What I really appreciated about the museum is that it had a free app on iTunes. With this app loaded onto my iPhone, I was able to access various audio tours and learn more about some of the great Dutch painters, such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
After being artistically educated, we meandered through Amsterdam…
We didn’t have too much time to explore the Dutch cuisine, but we did get to have a nice Indonesian/Dutch rijsttafel (which means “rice table”). The food is Indonesian, but the origin of eating many little side dishes is Dutch. According to Wikipedia, the Dutch introduced the rice table not only so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting but also the impress visitors with the exotic abundance of their colony. The food was delicious, but very spicy…
Our time in Amsterdam was short, but we had to get to Paris to attend the French Open. That’s coming up next…
Ah, love to read your descriptive and entertaining blogs and see your beautiful photos. You make it possible for me to be an armchair traveler!
Thanks Rockie! I’m so happy that you enjoy them, even if they are belated. I miss you and can’t wait to see you in a few weeks!