Amsterdam Day 6 – Waterlooplein and Rijksmuseum

Travel and Other Adventures

Our last day in Amsterdam was packed full. We decided to first go to Waterloopleinmarkt (the flea market). I was hoping to find some good deals on old film cameras. Unfortunately, it started raining when we were there and everything that wasn’t under a tent was immediately covered up. So if there was a table full of cameras there I did’t get to find it. I did, however, score an old Kodak Brownie box camera for 9 euros. I had to kind of chuckle at how much everyone freaked out over the rain. It was merely a mist and yet you’d think the sky was falling. I guess when you are used to the sky falling a little mist is nothing, really. Here are some photos I took there with my Olympus XA and iPhone:

When we were done there we wandered back toward our hotel. We took our time and I shot more photos as we went along. We found ourselves wandering into a coffee shop. We were both curious and would have regretted it if we’d left Amsterdam having not been inside one. I was a little hesitant at first. My assumption was that entering one of these places would be akin to entering a crack den (since pot is illegal here and completely demonized). However, I was shocked at what I experienced when I went inside. It had the atmosphere of, indeed, a coffee shop. There were couples sitting at the tables enjoying bong hits together. There were a couple of younger twenty-something guys giggling uncontrollably as they were recalling a story. One of the couples sitting at the table were older, my mom’s age. The people working there were very friendly and professional. The vibe was chill. It was awesome, frankly. My assumptions were totally shattered. I am not sure what other coffee shops are like in Amsterdam, but the one we visited was very nice.

Here are some photos from our wander back to the hotel:

And finally, we really wanted to get to the Rijksmuseum . When we finally made it over there we only had an hour to spend. So we spent a frantic hour trying to find all of the pieces we wanted to see. Here is a tourist taking an iphone snap of The Milkmaid.
A tourist taking an iphone snap of The Milkmaid

I honestly don’t remember much of the Rijks. It was a blur.