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The canals of Jordaan
I spent part of my time today exploring the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. The Rijksmuseum was enjoyable, but their prized painting, Rembrandt's "NightWatch" was kind of anticlimatic. There was a room dedicated to the piece, where museum guests are treated to a few minutes of lights and sound that "enhance" the viewing experience--ooh. The Vermeer room was better, with some famous pieces like "The Kitchen Maid". The Van Gogh museum was better, with a modern structure and a nice tour of the exhibits that placed each piece in context with Van Gogh's life and influences. I learned today that not only is St. Nicholas the patron saint of children, but he is also the patron saint of Amsterdam--how fitting.

While walking around Nieuwmarkt, I saw a large crowd gathered in front of a store named Ijssalon Tufani. I saw that everyone was eating gelato (hence the ijssalon decription), and since no one stuck out as an obvious tourist I guessed that this was a local secret. I tried out a couple flavors: black current and hazelnut--very flavorful, and it hit the spot on a day that was pushing 27 degrees.

That night I watched the Germany v Costa Rica match at Stone's Cafe in the RLD. It was an exciting match, finishing 4-2 to Germany, and the whole crowd was into it. It was the first time I had seen a World Cup match while overseas, and the enthusiasm I witnessed makes me eagerly anticipate seeing a game live in Germany.

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The canals of Jordaan
The canals of Jordaan
The canals of Jordaan
The canals of Jordaan
The canals of Jordaan
The canals of Jordaan
Bike riding from the start
Bike riding from the start
Johannes Vermeers The Kitchen Ma…
Johannes Vermeer's "The Kitchen M…
A very popular gelato store at Klo…
A very popular gelato store at Kl…
A view of the Van Gogh museum on t…
A view of the Van Gogh museum on …
The Rijksmusem
The Rijksmusem
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