Ah... a bike. How I can't wait to buy one. Instead, I have to submit myself to the wills of public transportation. Is that a bad thing? Definitely not... I love not having to drive, and to be able to do something else during my commute other than focus on the road.
Anyway, last night I did not do yoga. Instead I took the opportunity to play tourist. Since moving here, I've felt this undefined embarrassment to take pictures of things (I want to blend in I guess). So, I had to keep running this phrase in my head last night... "Tonight I am a tourist." It worked, and I ended up with some good photos because of it.
I walked to Museumplein where a number of museums are located, and put my money to better use than yoga. I bought a year long pass that is valid for a large number of museums all over Holland. For those of you who are planning on visiting Amsterdam at some point in your lives, I highly recommend getting one. It only cost 40 Euros, and to visit one museum costs 10. You do the math. For me, it’s an investment well spent… especially since I’ve been to 2 museums since last night.
I spent my evening with Rembrandt and a few other Dutch painters of that era at the Rijksmuseum (first opened in 1830). Unfortunately, only the left wing is open due to construction, but I was able to see a large number of paintings, along with Rembrandt’s famous “Night Watch”.After my visit with the artistic masters of the Golden Age, I walked around the park behind the museum. I was lucky enough to find a 3 second gap to get a picture in front of the I amsterdam sign (see beginning of this post - also note: the Rijksmuseum is right behind me). Granted I waited for 10 minutes, but the 3 seconds I found was quite a rare occasion, since it is a highly touristic spot, and generally looks like this.