As I rode my bike this morning past the following animals
it occurred to me that maybe posting about how I got spices wasn’t the most interesting thing ever (though I remain fiercely excited about it). Lest you think that all I do in the Netherlands is navigate grocery stores, I will add that this weekend we visited den Haag/ the Hague. Twelve minutes from Delft by train, den Haag is much more city-like and also the seat of various international courts. (I learned recently that International Justice Mission, an organization I much admire, has an office there! Hmm…)
On Saturday Tim and I visited the Mauritshuis, a small but famous art museum in den Haag. There you can see several Rembrandts and normally two (but currently five!) Vermeers, including the Girl with a Pearl Earring and the View of Delft. They are absolutely stunning in person. I got a little (and unexpectedly) teary standing in the room looking at them and feeling overwhelmed by how beautifully and skillfully they are made, by someone four hundred years ago. Usually after I have an experience like that at a museum I am kind of done for the day, artistically…. I like to find one or two things and appreciate them immensely rather than try and take in two hundred paintings. (But there was also this collection of family portraits that was intriguing.)
Here are a couple pics from our day in den Haag.