This summer I went to the Rijksmuseum for the first time, after almost 10 years of living in Amsterdam. It was under construction for a long time after I moved, then I just postponed the visit.
Invited by Context Travel to join one of their guided tours, I chose the Rijksmuseum Crash Course which promised to survey the major artworks of the Dutch Golden Age. We were six people including the guide on a Tuesday morning at the museum, so the experience felt special and personal.
After three hours of navigating through the Dutch cultural masterpieces while being given interesting insights by Nadia, our experienced guide with a major in Art History, I felt I understood the Dutch — these people I chose to live with — a bit better. In fact, my heart was quite mellow when I left the museum and promised to return one day.
To suggest my getting closer to understanding the Dutch spirit, I also got closer to the paintings representative for the Dutch culture and the other pieces of art on display. Like an immersion. The results surprised me in a pleasant way and I hope you will like them, too.
Thank you, Context Travel, for making my immersion in Dutch culture so special!