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... were tiny- I can see why Anne stated in
her diary multiple times she longed to have a normal childhood and breathe
fresh air, ride a bike and be outside.
On a (much less important) side note, it was also exciting to climb the stairs
and be in the same place they filmed The Fault in Our Stars. John Green is even
featured reading from his book in a film at the end of the museum tour.
Next we ...
I made pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving! I thought I wasn't going to be able to because you can't find pumpkin anywhere! Alice stumbled across an American supermarket (yes that exists) and found it there! It wasn't super pretty but I was working with limited resources..
... around the beautiful building. Within 10 minutes we were at the Van Gogh Museum. While not particularly an art fan, I can appreciate it and was familiar with a few of Van Gogh's pieces before going in. It was very interesting, and I learnt a lot about the man as an artist and as a person. All the major pieces were there, in particular "Sunflowers" and "The Potato Eaters". Cindy and I spent a little time in the shop, and then we were off to lunch. ...
... her story as you go. If you haven't read this book go and get it right away or at least rent the movie. Her story is one worth knowing.
The entire time I was in the museum I fought back tears. Everyone was silent basically as we read her words, saw the artifacts, walked through the rooms where she lived and watched the videos shown of real footage....people being taken away in trains....Auschwitz....her friend and dad sharing their stories.....
At the end ...
... town and from central station we caught a train to Zaanse Schans a area famous for working windmills! First I tried the vending machine hot food thing which is famous in Amsterdam- put in €2, the door opens and you take the hot food (in my case a chicken burger) from inside- bloody amazing!
Anyway the windmill area was gorgeous! There was spice grinding, sawmills, wheatmills- you get the point- about 7 windmills all up, on the side of ...