my tiny kitchen & the rijks museum

First, I wanted to share a little peek into my new kitchen.  It's small, but I like it.  It has huge windows with a wide ledge for herbs and flowers, hardwood floor and ample storage space (considering the size).  It also has a small gas stove, which I'm slowly learning to cook on (I have an electric stove at home).  Apparently I'm lucky to have a stove & oven because a lot of rental homes would only have a microwave for cooking - could you imagine me with no way to bake?

While I was in the grocery store the other day I found this: butter chicken.  It made me giggle to myself and it's so cute that I couldn't resist buying it.  I'm loving the butter here - it's creamy and it tastes great.  Perfect for sprinkle sandwiches (more on that later).

Trev and I bought Museum Cards that are annual passes to a large number of museums in the city.  They cost 48 euro each, but I'll easily save money as I visit the many museums (probably more than once).  I was eager to start using my card, so on Wednesday I made my first solo trip into the city center.  I took the tram and found my way to the Rijks Museum without any difficulty.  The Rijks museum was beautiful and had a large selection of Dutch artifacts and paintings.  I enjoyed the audio tour but I know I'll want to go back to examine some of the amazing paintings at a more leisurely pace. Here's a little sample of some of the things I saw:

Model of a Dutch warship

17th C. Militia Painting - It was enormous and the detail was fantastic

17th C. Militia Painting - It was enormous and the detail was fantastic

Delftware Violin, an unusual delftware object

Delftware Violin, an unusual delftware object

'Queen Beatrix' by Andy Warhol

'Queen Beatrix' by Andy Warhol

I forgot to note who painted this one/when, but I loved the quirkiness and all the energy in this painting of people skating on the frozen canals. 

I forgot to note who painted this one/when, but I loved the quirkiness and all the energy in this painting of people skating on the frozen canals. 

This photo does not do it justice (not even close).  This is 'The Jewish Bride' by Rembrandt.  The colour, texture and technique were mesmerizing - I was glad I had the audio guide to walk me through this one. 

This photo does not do it justice (not even close).  This is 'The Jewish Bride' by Rembrandt.  The colour, texture and technique were mesmerizing - I was glad I had the audio guide to walk me through this one.