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How To Spend 3 Days In Amsterdam

The most liberal city in the world, ladies and gentlemen. Amsterdam was my first travel solo destination, so understand how nervous I was when I arrived. Not only I was scared, but also lost in a new city where I didn’t speak the language. Oh oh. Mariella don’t panic. On my ride from the airport to the hotel located in Amsterdam’s city center, I instantly felt how cool this trip was going to be. I couldn’t believe what was I seeing.  The canals that surround the city and it’s stunning architecture looks and feels unreal. I spent three days in Amsterdam, but I wish I could’ve stay longer. Luckily, I managed my time wisely to get to know the city in the short time I had. DAY 1 – Get beautifully lost!  On my first day, the tour I booked started at 2:00 pm. So I was there in Amsterdam with no plans, no destination, no clue where I was standing with four hours to spare until my tour starts. My father once told me …

Rijksmuseum 45-Min Highlights Tour

Book your entrance ticket ahead of time to save time. The Rijksmuseum is very popular and the line to get to the ticket office is very long. At least 1-hour wait! Prior to your visit, download the Rijksmuseum mobile app on your smartphone. Once downloaded, choose your language of preference and select the tour that best interests you. In my case, I did the  45-minute museum highlights tour since I was a little short in time. This mobile app walks you thru the building in order to get to the main hall where the highlights collection is situated. Definitely worth the visit! Here’s what this tour entails: Frans Hals, Isaac Massa/Beatrix van der laen, c. 1622 Johannes Vermeer, Milkmaid, c. 1660 Rembrandt van Rijn, Night Watch, 1642 Jan Steen, Feast of St Nicholas, 1665-1668 East Indiaman Merkurius, 1747 Portrait of Gerard Andriesz Bicker, ca. 1642 Rijksmuseum’s Research Library Asian Pavilion, 1718  

Anne Frank Remembered 

I was six years old when my my mom bought me Anne Frank’s diary. I remember that I didn’t fully comprehend the reason why she and her family were hiding during the war, but I always said I wanted to keep a diary just like her. When in Amsterdam, visiting Anne Frank’s house is a must. I couldn’t visit Amsterdam and not go to Anne Frank’s house. So this is the first thing I did as soon as I arrived. Before my trip, I felt the need to read her diary. When Anne Frank started writing her diary she was only 13 years old. Like any teenager, her diary at first talked about her friends, school, hobbies and her life before hiding. Later on, her diary entries describe what she did to prepare to go into hiding and her experiences during her time in “The Secret Annex”. Reading the diary gave me an insight of her feelings and thoughts during the war, but once I visited her house (which is now a museum) I truly …