Sam in Rotterdam

Since I've arrived in the Netherlands, I didn't get any decent sleep... Until now! The King Kong hostel has comfortable beds and everyone is nice and respectful, so there are no noisy guys or girls waking you up in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, today was really lousy weather in Roffa. And I was only here for two days, so I didn't have another choice then to let the rain soak me if I wanted to explore Rotterdam a little more.

The Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.

The Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.

Boijmans van Beuningen Museum

After having slept for ages and checking my pictures of the previous day, I stumbled out of bed and went downstairs to take a look. There was not a whole lot to see, so perhaps I thought of going to see some of King Kong’s friends at the Rotterdam zoo. The Blijdorp zoo was only twenty minutes away by tram and… It’s always fun to go watch some animals, right?!

It rained on and on. And I’m sure that if it continued, the Netherlands would soon be completely underwater! It’s obviously not very pleasant to go parading in a zoo while it’s raining non-stop, so I decided to first visit the Boijmans van Beuningen museum. According to some, this is the most beautiful museum in Europe. It’s probably the biggest museum I ever saw! Although I often don’t like museums that much, this one did appeal to me. There was a very large variety of classical works, modern works and temporary exhibitions.

Paintings by Van Goch, Monet and Picasso playfully greet you with their intense color palette, but -luckily- there is also room for lesser known artists.

Certainly don’t go on an empty stomach since you can walk around for a few hours easily!

One of the temporary exhibits at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum.

One of the temporary exhibits at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum.

Diergaarde Blijdorp

The weather is absolutely horrible! I think I should’ve worn a swimsuit instead today! I was a little annoyed that I had bought my ticket for the zoo already, because obviously it’s not as much fun to see animals seeking shelter while you’re getting irritated by the not so fun weather.
Once arrived, I immediately sprinted to the large indoor aquarium to shelter there from the pouring rain.

Small and large fish, turtles and sharks greeted me from behind their glass houses. The ladies from the red light district could learn something from them!

I didn’t spent too much time outside, because it seriously was as if all the water in the world suddenly dropped on Rotterdam. The zoo kept advertising that it was voted the most beautiful in the Netherlands (and even once in Europe). But if I’m honest I really don’t think it was that nice of a zoo…

All these majestic animals lived in way too small enclosures and exhibits! I think they also get incredibly bored since some of the animals looked as if they were plotting an escape or how they could at least have a little fun. It’s so sad that they have no privacy at all. Everyone is always watching them or taking pictures of them, whatever they are doing… It’s not because we’re all obsessed with selfies that those animals think they are cool too!

After just two hours, I left again. Most of the animals were still sheltering and I didn’t want to get soaked even more. Of course, half an hour later, the rain stopped completely and the sun started to shine brightly. At least I can say that I visited the zoo in Rotterdam!

A polar bear in the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo.

A polar bear in the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo.

Euromast Rotterdam

The, literally and figuratively, highlight of the day was the Euromast in Rotterdam. This building is located just out off the city center and gives you an uninhibited view of the harbor and the city of Rotterdam. If you already read my blog a little, you probably know that I love to have a view over a city. I think it’s always amazing to see the whole city from above!

With the elevator, you went up in the sky as quick as an arrow. Once you arrived at the upper platform, you absolutely get blown away by Rotterdam. Really though, the wind that blows there was quite scary!

The view is also beautiful. The modern buildings, the industrial port, the huge river (the ‘Maas’) passing through… You can even see Antwerpen in the distance!

It’s probably not really great for people who are scared of heights, though. It’s quite scary to only have a small separation between you and hundred meters below. Because of the wet weather, the tower got quite slippery! I imagined how I would slip and tumble all the way down, and thus grabbed myself tightly to wherever I could.

One floor higher you could enter a revolving platform to see the city from even higher.

When you enter, you’ll be in complete darkness. Suddenly the platform starts going up a bit while the room slowly rotates. This time you’ll get some more info about Rotterdam, and this time safely behind glass!

Because of the bad weather, I think I didn’t see a lot of Rotterdam but luckily Rotterdam’s not that far away from Belgium!

Tomorrow the weekend starts again. And this weekend, I’ll meet Stephanie again! I’m really looking forward to seeing her again. This time, we probably won’t do a lot of sightseeing… Or can you count clubs and bars as sights too?

For a great view over Rotterdam, you have to visit the Euromast!

For a great view over Rotterdam, you have to visit the Euromast!

 

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