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Weekend in Amersterdam

February  23-26 I was in Amsterdam! I have a friend from back home studying abroad in London and we met up for the weekend! It was nice to be with somebody from home! It made me forget that I was abroad for a little while! I was glad that I was taking on a new city with someone familiar! It made things easier because we could both tackle the new city together!  snapchat-583512034 My friend and I

The city was so much more than I expected it to be! To my surprise there were a lot of museums! If anyone was to visit Amsterdam I would suggest booking tickets online to avoid waiting in line. I was only able to visit the Anne Frank house and the Moco museum. The Anne Frank house was truly life changing. I had never been in a country that was directly effected by the Holocaust. It made the event so much more real. Of course I’ve read about the Holocaust, but to be somewhere that will forever be impacted was an intense experience. It’s challenging to even describe the way that I felt going through the house. It made me realize that nothing is guaranteed and your life can change in an instant.

The Moco museum contains rotating exhibits! When I visited they had works of art from Banksy (the street artist) and Salvador Dali. I had only ever seen the famous painting of the melting clocks, but I quickly learned that Dali did much more than that! I also didn’t realize he was making art in the 1970’s! I thought his work was much older than that. I also didn’t know that Dali would make furniture that were works of art! Meanwhile, the Banksy works of art were very modern and he’s known for being political! Often his work is painted over because he spray paints on the side of buildings. Banksy also uses the repeated image of a girl holding a red, heart shaped balloon in much of his work! The image is supposed to symbolize hope! I really enjoyed his works of art because he’s an artist that is living the same time as I am! I usually think of world renowned artists as being in the distant past! My friend and I were planning on visiting the Van Gogh museum, but in the long run we were much happier that we went to the Moco museum!  20170226_151323 A piece done by Bansky

I was nervous about being in a country where I don’t even remotely speak the language! Luckily, almost everyone spoke English and most signs had English as well as Dutch; other than the train system. The first night my friend and I arrived we were told that the trains were very easy to figure out. Well everything was in Dutch and the side of the train doesn’t display where it’s going! So we pretty much had to guess which train to take! We ended up getting pretty lost, but eventually we made it to our hotel room! After that, all the other public transportation was easy to navigate! I also felt that it was a safe city! There was never a time when I felt unsafe! Overall,  Amsterdam was a wonderful city and I really enjoyed my weekend there! I would highly suggest it!  snapchat-204412961 My favorite picture of the weekend

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