Day Trip to Rotterdam

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Exploring Sleep Mode: The Art of the Screensaver

When I found out our friend Rafaël had an exhibition in Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Koen and I planned a trip to see Chris and Hannah so we could all go together. Definitely worth visiting if you’re planning a trip to Rotterdam in the next months – we had so much fun!

But first…lunch at the Aloha, a restaurant, bar and coffee roaster in one. The space is a converted indoor swimming pool. We had a delicious lunch and were sure to take a bag of freshly roasted coffeebeans with us to go!

 

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Coffee Roaster

 

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Twins – not planned – this is what happens when your wives go shopping together!

 

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Hannah and Chris

 

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Koen and me

 

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Taco with fried fish, avocado and pineapple salsa

 

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Oysters with a coffee vinaigrette and chives

 

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Lunch assortment: bitterball, soup, cheddar, half sandwich, and a salade

 

After lunch we headed to Het Nieuwe Instituut to check out Rafaël’s exhibit. Sleep Mode: The Art of the Screensaver is going on until August, so if you’re in Rotterdam, I really recommend visiting! The exhibition is so fun and interactive!

Het Nieuwe Instituut describes Sleep Mode:

Internet artist Rafaël Rozendaal presents a new exhibition about the screensaver. Rozendaal questions the anonymity and ephemerality of the screensaver and is fascinated by its subversive, playful and diffuse character. He creates an immersive space for the visitor that captures the extraordinary visual language of this virtually lost medium.

 

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Made our way to the exhibition!

 

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A bit of background

 

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After the museum we headed to Hinoki for a bowl of ramen. On our way we walked through the Markthal where we picked up the spiciest sambal ever!

 

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Markthal Rotterdam

 

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So many sambals!

 

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Looking out

 

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Hinoki!

 

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Japanese beer

 

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Gyoza

 

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Takoyaki (fried octopus balls)

 

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Karaage (deep fried chicken)

 

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My tonkotsu with black garlic

 

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Koen’s tonkotsu

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