It's a great and grand day for me, Marco Aldendorff, because I was for years the personal guard of Netherland's biggest treasure, the "Nightwatch" by Rembrandt.
I used to stand next to it, uniformed. I am in millions of (family-) pictures, and I missed my darling. I even once had the honour of saving the painting from an attack. Therefore I have a personal relationship with it.
Also, when *I* was an employee of the Rijksmuseum (been a tour guide for years), 80% of our national treasures were hidden. Deep in the cellars. I never could take any friends to see them. Many afternoons I'd go there myself and sort-of enjoyed my solitude amidst the national treasures, mostly hidden from everybody -- the tourists and also our nationals.
Tomorrow, so I've been told, the world has been turned upside down. 80% of our treasures will be open to the public, maybe 20% reside in cellars depots and libraries..
Can you imagine how I feel? It's like coming home.
I am gonna pick up my guided tours again soon. You'll be amazed what I have to tell you. I will combine it with my "infamous" red light district tour, I will tell you what makes Amsterdam unique, controversial and prosperous. I speak 5 languages and once I get the Royal Museum back (need study, obviously) I'm ready to take you on a trip, full of humour and surprise, you'll never forget. And you'll BE MY GUEST. :)
~ Marco Aldendorff