Day 2 in Amsterdam was hard due to the jet lag that hit us as the day wore on. We ended up dozing off on a boat-bus, it was a nice nap as the boat went through the canals of Amsterdam lugging around tourist, mostly families. The previous day we visted the Rijksmuseum, where there is a large collection of a bit of everthing fom 17th Century Netharlands. There were hand carved rifles, doll houses – my favorite, dishes, a variety of other stuff as well as paintings. “The Night Watchmen”, Rambrant’s most known painting is about 13 feet high and 20 feet wide. Some of the watchmen were my hight, 5 feet. Next we went to the Van Gogh museum; which holds some of his famous paintings of irisis, sunflowers, wheat field with crows, and the blue room, as well as some of his self portraits. “Starry Night” or the one of the Caffe was not there. The museum focuses on his growth as an artist. There a number paintings from various times in his life: the early works showing the beggining of the style he became known for and later the paintings were greatly inflenced by epilepsy which he suffered from before killing himself. In the basement of the museum there is an impressive collection of Japanese pottery, painted and embroided silk screens and sculpture. I must admit that outside of only a hand full of Van Goh’s paintings, I prefered the Japenese pottery rather then the rest of the museum’s collection. P. S. The Red Light District was slightly disappointing experience since the Penis Fountain was removed from it..

–Marzena