Well, fortunately, I am an art teacher, and in a city like Amsterdam that means you will never actually run out of things to do. The amount of art to see, and art history to experience, is amazing. Being a seasoned traveler, though, I was aware of the pitfalls of museumitis, and since I had nearly two weeks, I planned my museum-going accordingly, limiting myself to one museum per day, getting up at the buttcrack of dawn to be one of the first to enter and - thus - saving myself from the lines that Blondie mentioned (and being jetlagged meant that this was not actually that extraordinary a feat). The first stop on my list was a the Rijksmuseum.
My last art museum wasn't one that I really intended to visit. The Stedelijk houses a really great collection of modern art, but my general take on modern art is that it's not worth paying 15 euros to see. I'm sorry, but although I'm privileged I'm far from rich and I can see contemporary art in my hometown and pretty much any other city I visit, for much less than 15 euros. However, it was an object lesson in our IB workshop - our instructor felt that it would be a waste to be teaching about the DP art program to a bunch of art teachers and not take them to an art museum, and it's hard to argue with that. It was kind of fun to be around other art teachers with my new hair, because I'm not the only one with an obsession with color, and I got a lot of compliments. Our instructor even pointed out that I needed to take a selfie with this piece because of how well it contrasted with my hair.
In the end, I saw a lot of museums - although not the Anne Frank House, and I feel like this makes me a terrible person, but I'll add it to my list for when I come back to see the tulips and Fabritius - but I feel like I experienced a lot of other aspects of life in the Netherlands as well. I think I could put together a really awesome, educational trip for my students...if the trust wasn't long gone, because there is no WAY I am taking my 17 year old boys to a city full of pot and hookers when I know they've snuck out. As it is, I will have to save up for a while before I attempt it again, because I ate way too many meals in Burger King.