SO and I are slowly shedding layers of tiredness and decided that for the first time in a long time to do something for us, what we as a couple enjoy doing. We decided that it was museum time. SO and I have museumjaarkaarten (museumcards) but this year we have not had a chance to use them at all. Seriously not good. Then in the last year and a half two major museums had reopened The stedelijk and the rijks. Both are located at a museumsquare, together with the van Gogh museum. Many cities have these types of museum conglomerates and of course we have one in Amsterdam too.
Now there is just one thing really wrong with this. I loath Amsterdam. It really is by far the city I least like in my own country. To put all prejudices in a row it is rude, loud, dirty and the people have more ego than sense. However it also houses a few of the best museums and galleries in the country so every so often I manage to get past my intense dislike and go there.
SO and I had decided to go to the Rijksmuseum and as I had read the website we decided to go there relatively early. However it being the holidays it was impossible The people were standing outsides in a queue that was too long for comfort on the one cold day in december 2013.
So we walked over to the Stedelijk which is modern and contemporary art. There was a line there too, but not as bad. They had a Malevich exhibition on and that sounded interesting, but really we were disappointed. The exhibition tried to be all inclusive and because of that it lacked focus in our opinion. As SO said it was a bit like my brothers christmas dinner, not enough choices were made. We wandered through the rest of the museum and loved it. It is very nice and we said we’d need to go more often. When we walked out about 3 hours later the lines in front of the museum matched the morning ones at the Rijksmuseum. We had lunch at the Stedelijk restaurant and that was actually very nice.
After that there was a visit to the nearby Apple store where they had greatly underestimated the number of people visiting the store during the holidays. After having to wait 3 times for over 20 minutes for service (first figure out system, then on list and question being answered and then to get our connection going) we finally left the store with my new iphone 5S connected and all. We wandered back to the museumsquare and the large Albert Heijn supermarket that is under the square. Really quite a good idea; go to the museum and do your shopping at afterward on your way home. I even commented on it. SO smiled and noted that I had said something positive about Amsterdam. I had to agree this new square and musea are nice. Just a little corner of Amsterdam that is likeable, what a pleasant surprise.
We arrived home tired but happy. Finally we have moved back into some time for ourselves and I like the feeling.