We slept in a bit, I woke up at 9, Sergio was closer to 10. We learned Loes had been up since 6:30! I showered right away and got dressed to be ready to go out and see the sights. Our plan was to go to the Rembrandt house and grab food before heading to Zeezout (pronounced “zay-zowt”).
We had the most perfect breakfast - oatmeal with coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, and chia seeds paired with french press coffee and soy milk (because I'm a milk with coffee person always now!) It was delicious and hearty in preparation for the day ahead of us.
We then headed to rent our bikes for the weekend and were not prepared for the fiasco that would entail. The rental company required €100 cash deposit for each bike. Sergio's cash card then wasn't working so I headed back to get my card and Loes and Wouter then came with me to help us solve our issues. The guys working at the bike shop were not super helpful and only raised Sergio's bike seat and not mine! We finally made it out of that nightmare and then went to the Rembrandt house.
Biking around Amsterdam is indescribable. The wind in your hair and the freedom and power of having your own space on the road and the respect of everyone around is so welcome. Sergio and I got so absorbed into the experience and were absolutely in love with biking everywhere.
The Rembrandt house was really cool to see his different works and styles. Some facts I learned while visiting:
Rembrandt (and people during his lifetime) all slept partially sitting up. They were scared they may die from a rush of blood to the head if they fully laid down.
He did sketching and printing in addition to painting. I actually think I liked his printing the best.
He was quite rich but didn't pay his taxes so all his belongings and his house were taken by the government, which is how they were able to recreate the rooms so well - everything was documented.
His studio windows had white sheets that attached at the top of the window and could be pinned up to the ceiling to help diffuse more light into the space - I've seen curtains before like this and think it's a cozy way to do curtains, besides the fact that it trickily adds more light to a room!
We stopped at a market to do some searching for fresh stroopwafels, with no luck. We did find a small pizza stand and got some pizzas to tide us over until our late lunch/early dinner before heading to ZeeZout. We then went to Waterlooplein Markt to see all the oddities and vintage items for sale. Neither Loes or I were in a major shopping mood but we had a nice time walking around, and ended up trying on kimonos and I found one (several) that I liked! I did my best haggling and the guy was super rude but I saved €5 in the end so I'll take it.
We then tried to find a place to eat at for dinner and had a bit of trouble in doing so. The first place wasn't serving food for 30 minutes. So we found another place and they weren't serving food for 15 minutes - so we were in the same boat! But at least we had a bike ride in the meantime! We ate at Ramona and did some more plate sharing. It's been so nice to get lots of food and try a bit of everything. I want to do that more often with people. It's way easier to not eat too much when sharing things (for me).
We then headed home to prepare for ZeeZout. We took a short break to relax and then headed to the festival. ZeeZout is a house and techno festival. I really had no idea what to expect but figured it would be a good experience. The way people dress for festivals in the Netherlands is so different than how they dress in the US. It's way more chic/clean girl/Copenhagen/Amsterdam-esque. The style here was unparalleled. The drinks were shockingly affordable, the setting was way more open and less crowded than I expected, the whole thing was a very pleasant experience. The music they like is super vibey and not so repetitive and just constant fast beats, so it was fun to vibe to. Sometimes the music would be a bit harsher and they wouldn't like it and want to leave, so it was nice to have the same music taste. We met up with some of Loes and Wouter’s friends who were super nice, and one of them was seven feet tall!
Towards the end Sergio and I wanted to just enjoy the msuic from the sidelines and it was convenient because Loes and Wouter were feeling the same way. We realized we had to go see one of the closing DJs because of the name alone: DJ Fart in the Club!! The stage was shrowded in mist when we arrived and as the smoke cleared, we were able to see that DJ Fart in the Club was a small Asian woman! How unexpected and wonderful!! It made us love her even more. And to think we only stopped by on our way out.
Shortly thereafter we headed home, debating to stop for food or not. As we biked, we came to HFC. Sound familiar? Think KFC but ✨Halal✨
We stopped for a late night snack! The fries hit the spot but I think my chicken fingers had been sitting out for awhile. Still good though, a bit spicier than KFC, which was nice.
We got home and went straight to bed.
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