Treasures of Amsterdam

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Well everybody, some of you may know that my family took a trip to Amsterdam this summer. We just got back and boy do I have a lot to tell you. It all started from the first day we got there. We got there at around twelve in the morning so we went to have lunch at this great called Papa Ali’s but there was one problem after we ate. Our card did not go through but it was not our fault the machine was broken. We stayed for almost an hour to try and figure things out but we eventually gave and came back the next day. We also went to this nice little cafe that had the best tomato soup. After that we hung out at the hotel and went to sleep. The first day was not too eventful but we did get to try some really good food.

The second day was one of my favorite days. We went to see the art museums in Amsterdam which were so beautiful. We went to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Both museums were awesome and showcased so many stories through paintings but if I had to pick one to talk about I would chose without a doubt the Van Gogh. That museum had such a deep meaning to it. It had a tragic story behind it all. Throughout his life his art was not recognized at all, and he barely had enough money to pay for a post stamp. He was in a psychiatric hospital for two years and eventually he committed suicide. Although his story is so sad it has given the world so much art that is priceless. Each one of his paintings had a story behind it that’s more than just colors to make a picture. After that we walked around the city, tried some caramel macchiatos and ate some pizza and watched a movie with my mom in the hotel and that was the end of day two.

 

The next day was a very busy and early day. We woke up at 4 am to go to the train station. On that day my mom and I were going to Paris. My dad was in Amsterdam originally for a conference so while he was at his conference on Wednesday and Thursday we went on a 2 day trip to Paris. When we got off train we took an Uber cab to our hotel. Our hotel was so close to the Eiffel tower. We took so many pictures with the tower. It was huge. We were planning to go up but it was not worth it. The line went on for hours. So the next thing we did is went to the Louvre. I have to admit it was not my favorite at all. It was huge and really busy. It was nice to see the Mona Lisa but I liked the museums in Amsterdam a lot better. The Louvre seemed random to me and had no story in my opinion. After the Louvre we went to the Conciergerie. That was the jail during the Reign of Terror in France. That was actually where Marie Antoinette was taken before she was executed. It was so cool to learn more about the history of France and compare to the US. By that time it was getting pretty late so went to a cafe for dinner. We had been to so many street-side cafes throughout the day. Each one was so amazing. The baguettes and the pasta and everything was delicious. When we finished dinner we hurried to the night tour that took us all around France when all the lights came on. 

On Thursday it was time to go back to Amsterdam. You would not believe what was going on in Paris at that time. A taxi strike. AGAINST UBER. It was really scary. Apparently cars were burned down and people were beaten up. We had no other means of transportation to the train station so we had to use Uber. Luckily we were totally fine but it was a good thing that we left early. The taxis were blocking the street to the station but they started after we got there and were having breakfast at a cafe right next to the station. When we got on the train we met a couple from Amsterdam. We talked a lot about the differences from our home countries. It was a very interesting conversation and made the train ride go by a lot faster but I also did sleep for like an hour. When we got back we caught up with my dad and got some well needed relaxation time. After that we got together with some friends that were coincidentally in Amsterdam at the same time as we were. We went to this place called Bazar and we had a great time. My friend and I made some hilarious videos and were outside just being crazy. That was a crazy and fun ending to great day.

Friday was our last day in the city. My mom and I went to the Amsterdam Dungeon. It was not a real dungeon but it was like a role play thing. It was actually really fun. I got scared for real. It was so real-like and the actors were so good. That took a while though because we got up really late. After that we met up with my dad at this little restaurant where we tried some snacks that were indigenous to the area. It was a really nice snack and then we all walked over the the Anne Frank house. We had fast passes so we did not have to wait and that huge line. It was amazing. Her story was such an inspiring one. She was 13 years old, my age, when she started writing in her diary. Then later in her life she had to move from her home town because the Nazis were taking over in Frankfurt. She got used to Amsterdam and made friends, and had a good life and then the Nazis came back. She went into hiding in the house which is now a museum. That’s where her diary continued and started getting serious. When she was 16 someone betrayed their family and they were discovered and taken to a concentration camp. Through her time there she started to give up hope as her sister died right in front of her. She didn’t know where the rest of her family was. She died one month before everyone was let out. Her father Otto was the only one who survived. She found the diary and got it published which was Anne’s dream. The tragic part is that she never lived to see her dream fulfilled. All she wanted to be was a published writer and she was in the end. The story touched me all the way to the bottom of my heart. That was a great day and inspired me and my writing so much.

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On Saturday we took a tour of the countryside. The views of the windmills and the green green grass was beautiful. We saw how it worked and how the mills were so useful to the people back in the day. They still use them now but now it is not as efficient as it was before. I find it so interesting that something that was an innovation at the time becomes the old way of doing things. It got me wondering what phones and computers will be like years and years from now. Anyways the little place where the windmills were had all these cute little shops with costumes and antiques and anything you would think of when you think of the Dutch. It was adorable. The next place we went was Volendam. There was the cheese factory. We learned about the process of cheese making and how many types of cheeses and flavors that were homemade and grown. We got to try so many cheeses. It was like heaven for me because I love cheese. All types. Near the factory there was this soft serve place. It was so good. We ate a little bit while my mom went souvenir shopping. My dad and I didn’t want to so my mom went shopping. Then we took a ferry to Marken and that’s where we saw how clogs are made. We saw a live demonstration in a real factory and then tried on some shoes. After that the tour was done and got back to the city. My dad went to finish some work and my mom and I went to this thing called Body World where we saw the affects happiness can have on real bodies. Then my parents and I went swimming, in the jacuzzi, and in the sauna. Then we had our last dinner at this place called Ganesha. It was sooo good.

 

 

And that was the end of our trip.

In Amsterdam I found out something very interesting. Every country has their identity and history. Amsterdam was full of fascinating and touching history and people that are kind to everyone. I loved Amsterdam and especially compared to Paris, the sites in Paris were awesome but the people were rude. I love traveling and hope to see more of Europe.

I hoped you enjoyed hearing about the ‘Treasures of Amsterdam’

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