I’ll give a brief run down of what we did here in Amsterdam and then let the pictures do the rest of the talking. We really, really enjoyed our time here and felt like three days was just about enough time to see and do what we wanted.
- Went to the Anne Frank House Museum. Very, very moving and emotional.
- Found an East African restaurant on a side street and ate everything put on our table. Used our hands, which is a very satisfying way to eat, I discovered.
- Rented bikes all day. It was a gorgeous day, and it was amazing to see the city by bike, especially the outskirts of the city center where it was a lot more calm. Once we got near the canals and the center, it was a little touch and go. Had some terrifying, semi-near-death experiences, but it was worth it.
- Went to a Noordermarkt, an organic farmers market, in Jordaan and got amazing produce as well as some awesome little gifts, postcards, Dutch tiles, etc. (took so many pictures there—sorry.)
- I accidentally did the weight conversion wrong in my head and asked for two KILOS of carrots, when I meant to have only half a kilo. The kid working there just kept on adding more and more and more and MORE carrots to two bags. I tried to get his attention to tell him to stop, but he couldn’t hear me over the noise of the market. I just laughed when he came back and looked at me like, “Okay, here you go . . . ?” and told him I messed up the conversion.
- Made our way up to the city center and found some docks with awesome sailboats, a science museum called Nemo, and the Amsterdam Public Library.
- Got student rush tickets (for €12.50 each!) at the Concert Gebouw for whatever was happening that night and got to see an incredible cello soloist perform with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The acoustics in there were so, so stunning and so was the concert.
- Tried to find church in Amsterdam and failed miserably.
- Went to the Rijksmuseum.
- Met up with my good friend from home, Spencer, who lives in The Hague and is dancing with Nederlands Dans Theater 2, my dream company. It was so fun to see him and catch up. We ate on the lawn of Museum Quarter then went to the Van Gogh Museum (loved) and Vondelpark.
- Ben and I walked about 13 miles total. We were walking pretty much nonstop from 9–7:30 p.m. I really think we were not on our feet for about an hour total during that time period. I started to waddle like a hobbit/dwarf/penguin creature that last quarter mile because I wanted to keep my feet as close to the ground as possible so that the impact of my foot coming down on the sidewalk would be minimized.