Amsterdam in All Its Glory
Amsterdam – as usual – offers surprises and fun beyond those found elsewhere. I have arrived. The flight lasted half an hour less than usual because we were inside a stormy wind pipe blowing Eastward. So the plane was shaking bad most of the way. A stewardess walking down the isle (no, she wasn’t getting married) tripped and stepped on my foot (and as a result was risking to die of causes unrelated to bad weather or a plain crash)….
Please check out this brief collection of photos I took today. Also, these photos can be found in today’s photo album on my Facebook fan page. Jetlag is kind-a rough on me, so I won’t be writing much today, but I did take the time to put comments in the photos. Have a great day.
Once you see the photos, please spend a moment to motivate me – scroll down to use my social links… and then down some more to post a brief comment.
- OK, I have arrived. My Amsterdam stamp is right there in the middle - dated October 13.
- The weather was rough, but people - as always - are easily confused by the unfamiliar. In this case, about 40 people (who are definitely not together) are just standing at this empty plaza in the rain (some with no umbrellas) and staring at the pavement cleaning car (doing its job rain or shine)... Remember, this is while the rest of the Amsterdam-digging world is in bars, museums, and sex shops.
- Speaking of the Madame Tussaud plaza, I am lost as to how Andy Warhol has (or I should say 'had') anything to do with the Last Supper... Turns out there is more than one Warhol.
- This is the view from my bedroom - wonderful and inspirational.
- Booze I brought as gifts for my Dutch friends.
- Almost forgot to buy the dry NASA icecream for those who have kids and stuff.
- I am being treated with traditional Dutch aged cheeses.
- My portable studio (if you may call it that) is set up successfully on the third floor of my apartment on Westerdok, which my "Dutch mother" Gerda is kindly making available to me for the second year in a row.
- The weather is bad, as I said, but narrow streets still make the city walking experience attractive to lonely visitors.
- No comment needed. This city is full of cool destinations on a rainy day. On the third floor of this reputable establishment you can watch adult cartoons.
- And on the second floor you can check out this adult vending machine. By the way, everything in the museum is for sale, almost.
- Other bad weather destinations are right around the corner. This is a cool wine and liquor "stoor" that has bottles of unimaginable shape, including a few that - no doubt - would fit well into the museum collection (previous photo).
- Who wants to buy or sell pot. This is so yesterday... CHANGE the damn thing.
- That will be about "tree-fity". By the way, these are cold, really cold - note the hole in the window in the lower right.
- Venice-Italy my donkey hoofs. This is Amsterdam.
- You have to admire a city that offers such incredible ambiance that tourists sit at cafe tables with umbrellas just to enjoy a cup of coffee. Love this city.