Wednesday - Day 1
Doubting whether I should go earlier and therefore on my own to Amsterdam to be able to shop and explore - but decided the day before I might as well just tag along with the rest. Our train left at 14:28 from Maastricht to Amsterdam Amstel, where we resided the next couple of days at Stayokay Zeeburgerdijk. As bare and practical as the rooms in the hostel in Berlin, I was with four others in a room for six. In contrast to the time I spend at the facilities of the hostel in Berlin, here there was barely time to see what things one could do. First stop: Theater Frascati where we had a nice meeting with two people of marketing, one of which was the head of marketing/communications, which was followed by the performance Love Songs by Fabuleus as part of the Breaking Walls festival. Although I really liked the concept - a group of youngsters who made 25 new love songs after having done research in everything related to love - it was too experimental for me.
First stop: The Van Gogh Museum. I have always wanted to go to this museum and now I actually have. It was amazing to see works of art by Vincent van Gogh. We also had a meeting with the head of marketing/visitor research and someone from the education department of the museum. The visitor research they showed was very interesting to see and useful for the people who have this museum as case study.
The next stop was made up of three options: a meeting with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands; a meeting with the marketeer of Amsterdam Heritage Museums and a tour along World Heritage Site Canal Ring; a visit to the Anne Frank house. I chose for the last option as I always wanted to go to the Anne Frank house. We had some time in between so I walked through the city. However, when it was time to go to the Anne Frank House I was almost late. I had it all figured out - which line to take, where to walk to etc. - but there were some diversions. On arrival we went to a room where we had a meeting with an alumna of the Master who was now working in the international department of the Anne Frank House. After this it was time to take the tour. It has left such an impact of me. There were some instances where my emotions got the better of me and my eyes started to water. The small, thin, steep stairs, the videos with Otto Frank... it really made an impact.
|the stage being torn down at the Muziektheater|
|Some of the costumes we saw - the wooden details |
were handmade upon the fabric - insane!
The things I bought apart from my dinner:
- Sour Patch watermelon (for the Sour Patch Kids weren't there) and Pop Tarts
- An old fashioned diary I always wanted to have from the Van Gogh Museum
- Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me and Intense Care and Maybelline Color Show nail polishes in Burgundy Kiss and Midnight Taupe from a DA discount shop
- A pair of earrings and a ring of Brandy and Melville
|My dinner: durum, sandwiches, fruit, starbucks chai tea latte|