This is what I wrote for my blog assignment
By Galuh – Again, I checked the Netherlands’ public transport site. It was a gloomy morning, yet it did not stop me rushing to the bus station for my first time visit a medieval castle.
Muiderslot is a castle from the middle ages in Muiden, a town about 15 km southeast of Amsterdam. After a 20 minute’s walk from the station, the sun finally shined. Then I saw a castle beautifully located by the river, stood in its glory.
Inside, little girls running around in princess dresses while the boys playing knights with their wooden swords. In all three towers, I discovered the castle’s history, from its owners to roles through fun interactive games and hidden missions. I was ecstatic and let my inner child loose.
Have I mentioned that Muiderslot is a museum? Aha! I knew that word would turn you off. At least that what I feel, or felt.
The Netherlands has almost 500 museums and to date, I have seen two. My former expectations of boring displays, musty odor rooms and dusty artifacts have changed, proofs Netherlands Museum Association have been doing their job. They know that history and education should be fun, not bored you to sleep.
“History is who we are and why we are the way we are”, David McCullough
Rich in history
Indonesia, country where I was born and raised, is rich with history. Late Prof. Arysio Santos says in his book that Indonesia is the heart of Atlantis. Krakatoa eruption in 1883 is considered the loudest sound ever heard in modern history. Yet, I knew the latter from Google, not a museum.
While I was enjoying my ice cream in the castle’s garden, I had a bit of guilt of knowing more of its story than an ancient palace back home. But again, most are abandoned, hoping to get noticed by local government. The question is: when?