art x beer

15 April

Today we started with a pancake brunch at MOOK recommended from the one and only Mira Marko (friend, roommate, traveler). Not only were these pancakes insanely delicious they reminded me of home. : ) also just let me mention the ginger shots Joe and I took. I’ve getting really into the whole ginger = immune boost shot thing because IT WORKS. But whoahhh. I kid you not, these were pure, pressed ginger. The burn was real. So real. I would 100 percent recommend if you think you’re coming down with something.

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Fast forward to arriving at the Rijks Museum on a full belly. We all purchased tickets (no student discounts ugh) and spent the following 2 hours exploring all the galleries. I saw some Rembrandts! and a Van Gogh! and the iconic Yves Saint Laurent color block dress! There also was this really cool textile on the modern art floor and I think it’d look really good as a pair of pants.

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Ben and I skipped out before everyone else had finished and sat in the park outside near the most entertaining fountain of all time. Rows of water shooting out of the ground forming a square. People kept going inside and unsuspectingly got soaked. Ben and I sat there for a while just getting good laughs at other people’s expense… oops.

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When everyone rejoined us we found food at a street cart nearby and admired the I Amsterdam sign covered with tourists.


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We headed to the Heineken experience next where they provide you with 3 mini pints!!! First they walk you though the history where they mention Louis Pasteur (cool for a biochemist) and then show you the water, barley, and hops. Next you see how the beer is brewed and you taste the wort (bleh!) before entering into a 4D movie where you get rocked back and forth and sprayed with water all because they want you to “Be the beer.”

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You get to do a tasting and then see Heineken advertisements and do a walk-through of cool stuff like green-screen videos and black-lights before finally reaching the main event of drinking 2 baby pints in the roof-top bar. We all decided that if they put the Heineken tour together with the Guinness gravity bar it would be the best experience. HINT HINT

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Ben, Joe and Andrew dipped out early and the rest of us went back to check out the I Amsterdam sign again. Still crowded. We walked through the park and took some photos with the beautiful Rijks Museum in the background.

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We all reconvened before dinner at the hostel and ended up at a place with Mexican food and margaritas. After dinner we stopped into a few really cool bars. In the last bar a guy approached us and told us to ~shake it like a polaroid picture~ Just kidding, but we did buy a polaroid of us off this guy. Probably the peak of the night – remind me to get a polaroid camera and start offering to sell the photos in bars from now on…

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One day left in this incredible city… I don’t want to leave.

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