So the past few days have been a complete and total blur!
Monday, March 9 | This day we firm toured through SOM and then toured through the central district. It was a good experience but it started to seem , like all the building were each trying really hard to be iconic… not a good holistic city composition.
My favorite experience so far was the Markt Hall.
We visited MVRDV which was illusion shattering to say the least. They firm that designed many of my precedents for projects does not build models, draw constriction documents or print in house. Made it seem more like a design firm and not an architecture firm.
Tuesday, March 10 | Now one thing Rotterdam had going for it self was the art. Great museums! We visited the _____ house before arriving at this Netherlands Architecture Institute.
Then we at at Rotown.
The Kunsthal Rotterdam and Museumpark were so much fun!
Wednesday, March 11 | Rotterdam ended up being my least favorite city so far. The Hague was beautiful yesterday. We saw palaces and much more traditional buildings. It was more of what I remembered Europe being like. It had narrower streets and less people spoke English. Not that Rotterdam didn’t come with culture shock but it was a very American city….
After an amazing tour of the M.C. Esther museum,
We went to lunch at Sumo. And was that an experience! A flat fee for a 6 course meal of anything you’d like on the menu. So any 5 items per dish to your taste. At first we thought we had to keep ordering 5 per round and thought for sure we’d get sick… then we figured that one or two items were ok per round 🙂
Thursday, March 12 | A long evening of rest was in order before the morning trip to Amsterdam. Riding through the city from the train station to our hotel, it was much like I imagined. But really of what a big deal they make of the canals, I th of ought that we would interact with them more on the first day.
We visited the library after Nemo.
The dinner was fantastic at the top of the library.
They a stroll through t the Red Light district…. not that was a culture shock. I’m not sure I will ever understand or agree with that. No pictures to show since they were forbidden!
Then we visited one of the gems that my new friend suggested. Snappers is definitely my favorite far thus far!! Great atmosphere, great drinks, great service! Loved it.