I woke up relatively early today (around 08:00), showered, dressed, got ready, and exited the hostel. I walked south, passed by De Krijtberg Kerk (a church that was designed by Alfred Tepe and opened in 1883 AD), the Flower Market (which was selling a wide variety of tulip bulbs), Munttoren (or “Coin Tower”) in Muntplein Square (which was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall), and the Heineken Brewery, making my way to Amsterdam’s – and one of the world’s – premiere art museums: the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum was originally founded in The Hague in 1800 AD and moved to Amsterdam in 1808 AD; it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis, before moving in to its current building in 1885 AD. Upon entering the Rijksmuseum, I bought my ticket, and then proceeded to move from room to room, era to era, looking at all the extraordinary paintings, sculptures, and artifacts on display. Probably the most famous painting in the whole museum is ‘Militia Company of District II Under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, Known as “The Nightwatch”’ by Rembrandt van Rijn (1642 AD). In addition to a number of other famous Rembrandt paintings, there were great works of art by Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Monet, van Gogh, and many other – not so famous – artists. There was also a respectable collection of Far East, Asian art in the basement. Anyway, after spending sometime around five hours walking through every gallery in the museum, I finished my tour and exited the building. I then walked through the promenade south of the Rijksmuseum and up to the entrance to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum; however, after learning that it would be over an hour (possibly two) wait just to enter inside, I decided to skip it and return on another day, in the morning, when I wouldn’t have to wait so long. Next, I walked northward, back toward the city center, passing by and crossing over many canals – this is Amsterdam after all, the “Sleazy Venice of the North.” I walked by the Westertoren (“Western Tower”), the highest church tower in Amsterdam and part of Westerkerk (“Western Church”), and made my way to the Anne Frank House. After waiting in line for about forty-five minutes, I entered inside the house and began my audio-guided tour. This is of course the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis, beginning on July 6, 1942, and ending on August 4, 1944, when the Nazis raided and arrested the family based on a tip from an informant. Due to the somber nature of the house, and out of respect, no photography was allowed. After walking through the house museum, I returned my audio guide and exited the building. Next, I walked by the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the Magna Plaza (a shopping mall, but originally the main post office in Amsterdam), the National Monument on Dam Square (a monument built in 1956 AD to commemorate the casualties of World War II), and the Beurs van Berlage (originally a commodity exchange building, but now used for concerts and exhibitions). I then returned to the hostel, dropped my camera and tripod off in my room, and made my way to a nearby spa in the hopes that the steam room and saunas could help clear up the congestion in my lungs and throat – I was still suffering from a sickness I caught while in Luxembourg; I was feeling better, but still coughing far too much. I entered inside the spa, paid the entrance fee, changed in to the towel I rented there, and then proceeded to move between the showers, saunas, and steam room, cycling through each one over and over again, in an effort to invigorate my body decongest my pipes. The sauna provided a relaxing atmosphere, although it was rather small. After spending nearly four hours there and finishing around 22:00, I exited the building, bought some liquid refreshments at a nearby convenience store, returned to the hostel, showered, dressed, and then sat in the common area on the first floor, going through photographs on my laptop. I then went to sleep sometime after midnight, forgoing dinner or any other type of meal for the day.