Day 2. Part 1. The last day of the passing year
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December 31, 2008, 9 am - I woke up ready for the last day of the passing year. It is always that exciting. High time to finish in one day everything you haven’t done this year and evaluate results. And also a bit sad. Like saying good bye to someone who was with you for a long time and now has to leave forever - you knew about it in advance but the time persons is leaving you can’t help crying. Oh, I am getting sentimental. Anyway, I woke up full of joy - I had a lot of fun last night at Pre-Meetup and was looking forward for the main night of the year with my TB’s.
But the day I wanted to devote to something not that wildJ I was going to explore Museum District and enjoy the old masters.
The museum building is currently under reconstruction but it was very nice and smart of the museum management not to close it at all but to open some rooms and display the masterpieces there. The first rooms are devoted to the history and I really learned something but what I loved are doll houses! Then I passed to the art…mmmmm…..Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer….just awesome! The only thing (and I am a bit ashamed of it) I didn’t really appreciate Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
Done with food for soul I decided for some food for stomach J Just next to Rijksmuseum, on Museumplein, there is Cobra Café, decorated with pictures by the CoBrA Group artists (CoBrA stands for Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam). It is very close to the skating ring and I amsterdam so I enjoyed life flourishing around me through big windows (together with some hot tea and some Dutch food, and 15% discount on the entire menu given to all the Rijksmuseum visitors). It was snowing, the building of the museum was in haze, locals were chilling out with friends, tourists exploring the letters I amsterdam, children were laughing - and I was in the warm with some food and a great night ahead, and I felt so calm and relaxed and happy - goodness me, I don’t remember when it was for the last time in 2008, it was a hard and stressful year.
But it was time to finish my idyllic visit to Cobra Café and continue my way. I crossed Museumplein and reached Van Gogh Museum. I was approaching it….oppps…what a line! I felt that I would die waiting that long outside and that even Van Gogh bright colors would not be able to make me warm so I decided to save it for the next time - I had 6 days more ahead in Amsterdam.
I took a look (and some pics of course) at Concertgebouw and Stedeijik Museum (currently under reconstruction). I had no more plans to visit some concrete places so I decided just to walk making my way back to hotel. I got to De Pijp neighborhood with Sarphatipark and Heineken Experience Museum. It is great to get lost in a city and just walk wherever your eyes want to. But finally I reached my hotel. It was dark and cold so the only thing I wanted was hot shower. I took my time and thought I was not in a hurry and was absolutely not ready for going out but being female and Russian, i.
It turned out that the network was down and that’s why I never got the messages sent to me. Really, how could I think that a man doesn’t want to talk to Miss Gorgeous? ImpossibleJ Edwin and some other TB’s (Harriet, Grace, Margie, Agnes and Tess) already got together for dinner and he said: “Hurry up!” This I didn’t expect - so not to miss something exciting with my TB people I beat my record of getting ready for going out…lol… So, if I forgot to put something on that night it was your fault Edwin J OK, it was time to go.
(to be continued)