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.

I went out and….ahhhhh….cold….no…..frost!!! even for me, a person born and living in Russia, it was very cold. Freezing, I made my way (what was the speed of my movements I wonder) to Rijksmuseum. It was not that far from my hotel so it was the first stop. As I reached it, I saw a line of people who also wanted to spend their last morning of their year in dialog with art and history. I joined them. It took me 20 minutes to wait and I survived, if it had been 21 minutes I would have turned into an ice sculptureJ

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.

Don’t know how to explain but the picture didn’t amaze me as much as I had expected it to. Other pictures impressed me more. Well, maybe I haven’t understood something.

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.

freezing in Amsterdam on December 31
I was sitting enjoying every moment - this rare quality in our hectic everyday life, and felt a need to call my mom in Moscow. I love these devices and gadgets that help us to be close to those we love. We talked and pre-wished each other a Happy New 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.

Rijksmuseum
e. totally irrationalJ, I decided to call Edwin. Actually, I messaged Ket and him during the day but never got a reply and was a bit madJ but since I wanted to join some TB’s for dinner before the party I decided to disturb Edwin.

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.

Rijksmuseum

(to be continued)

 

 

Marinushka says:
coming soon:)
Posted on: Jan 22, 2009
Travelbuddys says:
were the party pictures?!!
Posted on: Jan 22, 2009
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Amsterdam canal
Amsterdam canal
freezing in Amsterdam on December …
freezing in Amsterdam on December…
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
a queue to Rijksmuseum
a queue to Rijksmuseum
entrance to Rijksmuseum
entrance to Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
a need for art in action (Dece,ber…
a need for art in action (Dece,be…
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
I am not an expection: waiting in …
I am not an expection: waiting in…
I amsterdam
I amsterdam
I amsterdam
I amsterdam
I amsterdam and Rijksmuseum
I amsterdam and Rijksmuseum
I amsterdam
I amsterdam
skating ring near Rijksmuseum
skating ring near Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum
skating ring near Rijksmuseum
skating ring near Rijksmuseum
Xmas tree on Museumplein
Xmas tree on Museumplein
Museumplein
Museumplein
Museumplein and Concertgebouw
Museumplein and Concertgebouw
Museumplein and Rijksmuseum
Museumplein and Rijksmuseum
Cobra Cafe and Rijksmuseum
Cobra Cafe and Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein
Museumplein
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Oh nooooo, next time
Oh nooooo, next time
Freezing in front of Van Gogh Muse…
Freezing in front of Van Gogh Mus…
Museumplein and Rijksmuseum
Museumplein and Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum
Memorial to the victims of fashism
Memorial to the victims of fashism
Concertgebouw
Concertgebouw
People getting ready for NYE dinner
People getting ready for NYE dinner
Good luck in 2009!
Good luck in 2009!
Concertgebouw
Concertgebouw
just random - De Pijn
just random - De Pijn
Sarphatipark
Sarphatipark
Sarphatipark
Sarphatipark
Sarphatipark
Sarphatipark
2009 - the Year of Cow
2009 - the Year of Cow
Heineken HO
Heineken HO
Heineken Experience
Heineken Experience
Welcome beer lovers!!!
Welcome beer lovers!!!
Heinken Brewery
Heinken Brewery
Heineken Brewery
Heineken Brewery
Heineken Experience
Heineken Experience
Heineken Brewery
Heineken Brewery
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Amsterdam
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