The last snippets of Dam are here!
For the final post, I have combined day four and day five, as despite day 4 being hectic, day 5 was super chilled but we flew home that day.
For our fourth day, me and my cousin Morgan, ventured to the other side of Amsterdam, to venture to my first art museum. But this wasn’t just any art museum/ exhibition, it was for Banksy!!
Banksy is without a doubt one of my favourite artists and I love how controversial and in your face to address the problems across the world his art is. He goes against the programmed beliefs and opinions we are supposed to have and stands up for what it should be. His exhibition was held at the Moco museum, which is adjacent the real IAMSTERDAM sign, but this was super crowded, which is why we made the most of the sign at the airport… (tip for any amsterdamers, there are two IAM signs, and the airport is definitely the best one as the one in town is always busy and you can’t guarantee a good instagram.)
The museum was super interesting to hear about some of the crazy things Banksy has done, including printing 1 million fake £10 notes with Dianas face on (rather than the queens) which were thrown of a building. To this day there are many in circulation as many pay with them without realising the hoax. This was done to highlight the greed within humanity and we value money before we have even analysed it. Other artwork includes the horror behind wars with the impact it has on civilisation, and animals kept in Zoos and the torture they go through.
After the MOCO museum, we went to the Anne Frank Museum in the evening. This was eye-opening and really shakes your mind as to what went on. Anne Franke was a 15-year-old Jewish girl who lived in Amsterdam during the second world war. Anne and her family lived in hiding for two years before being discovered and the house in which they hid in, is situated in Amsterdam. Walking around the annex (which was a home within the house) was shocking, but also very eye opening to hear how they felt during this time, and talking to people who knew Anne. To anyone interested, I would recommend reading her diary, which she wrote during her time in hiding. The Anne Frank house is also a must see as it sends chills to your bone and is definitely worth learning the history. It shocks your mind.
Day 5 was a chilled one including more exploring around our local area where we were staying and around the back streets of Amsterdam. We also had a few hours to kill so visited the museum of prostitution which is about the red light district. It took an hour and half to get round but both myself and my cousin have agreed that it was one of the most interesting museums we visited. There is quite a stigma behind the red light district, but the museum really shows a different side to it.
Here are some pictures from the last two days…
And that’s it! Thats my Amsterdam trip, I hope you enjoyed reading these posts as much as i enjoyed writing them. For many years i dreamed of going to Amsterdam so it was fair to say i had high expectations, but Amsterdam excelled every single one and is definitely my favourite place i have visited. The streets are filled with culture, and life and each day you discover something new.
If you ever get the chance to go, please take it. Despite the sex and drugs scenery it holds, Amsterdam is rich with culture and is a place which must be visited.
If you are interested, I filmed the entire weekend on my go pro, which i have collaborated into a video, link HERE. Please do check it out, and bring on my next adventure…
Lots of love,