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Amsterdam photos [20050322|13:09]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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One day, this journal will contain text-only entries. This is not that day. Click the fiets (bicycle) for Amsterdam Day 1, the Wieckse Witte (white beer) for Day 2 and the stencil grenade for Day 3. Your experience of these photo galleries may or may not be more realistic if you tack "and then we went to a coffeeshop and sampled high-quality green stuff" onto the end of each day's worth of images. I really can't say for sure.


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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-03-22 13:40 (UTC)
Gracious where to start? I should've been taking notes as I went but I think my OCD manifests itself in enough different ways without adding "takes notes to ensure complete LJ comments" to it. So, from memory (do forgive if I mix up which went in which set):

In the first set: The whole building is a restaurant? *feels small* Pretty flowers! And nice framing on the ladybug tile.

In the second set: Mmmmmmmmm... beer. [/Homer]

In the third set: The crocuses are my favorite shot of all three sets. I'm a total sucker for little bits of random beauty--especially with the camera in hand. I don't quite understand most modern art--Dutch or otherwise--some of it quite inexplicably draws me. I don't "get" most of it though.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-22 14:19 (UTC)
Yes, the whole building is a restaurant. It's pretty shocking to walk around the canal fronts are recognize them from the eighteenth century paintings in the Rijksmuseum. I still haven't gotten over the blase European attitude towards stuff that, to an American, is Really Goddamn Old. People live there! In these 300-400 year old buildings! Man, we don't let people anywhere near man-made structures of that age in the US.

Amsterdam supports many small flower markets. I think it's because there isn't a lot of green space in the city, so people like to have a bit of natural color in their flats. London is the same way.

The white beer is awesome. They serve it with these plastic sticks that have a spiked disk on one end, so you can squish the lemon slice at the bottom of the glass. It's called a "stamper." Everyone needs to adopt their use.

The Vondelpark is so torn up right now that pretty much all that's left at the moment are tiny pockets of beauty. As for that particular sculpture..um. Well. It looks to me like a big blue penis. Wow, subtlety. :-P
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-03-22 15:06 (UTC)
Those pigeons look extremely well fed. Poor Rembrant.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-22 15:16 (UTC)
He has endured much. Woe is him. ::hand::staple::plop::
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[User Picture]From: 3g0
2005-03-22 17:30 (UTC)
This made me Amsterdam-sick! I love the photos. It is interesting that you pointed out the good-looking-ness of the bar clientelle; the Dutch are not only the tallest race in the world, but seemingly possessed of astonishingly model-tastic genes. Most seem to have impeccable clothing & decorating taste too.

The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum were all closed for rennovation when I was there too in '99; I was highly annoyed by that. I still have a Wieckse Witte glass that I ... um...accidentally "borrowed".

Did you go to the red light district at all?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-22 22:24 (UTC)
I found the Dutch to be either spectacularly attractive or spectacularly not. In general, I thought the Czechs were lovelier, especially the young women.

The Van Gogh museum was open while I was there, obviously, and one of the floors had a few prints from the Stedelijk Museum on display. The Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum are still closed and won't reopen until 2008 and 2007, respectively. The Rijksmuseum had about 200 pieces on display in one of the satellite galleries. It kind of pissed me off that it still cost nine euros to get in.

I didn't go to the red light district. It didn't occur to me on the first two days and by the third, I'd accumulated a list of places that I wanted to revisit before I left. I was in a picture-taking mood and taking pictures in the red light district is a good way to lose your camera. I'm sure I will go back to Amsterdam with Marco so I wasn't that bothered about seeing everything - he's far more likely to want to visit the red light district than, say, a coffeeshop.
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From: svanzoest
2005-03-22 19:13 (UTC)

Leah speaking Dutch

Ah, dit is leuk :-)

Good to hear you had a good time in the Netherlands. We missed you at our wedding in September 2003.

Groetjes,

-- Sander
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-22 22:34 (UTC)
Hey, I have a question for you! When I was at a coffee house (not shop) one morning, I said "Alstublieft," which my guidebook claimed meant "Thank you," to the waiter when he brought me my coffee. He shook his head vigorously. He attempted to explain using gestures (and a saucer) that I should say "Alstublieft" if I was giving someone something, but "Dank u wel" if I was receiving something. So from what I gathered, they both mean "Thank you," but you have to use them in the proper context. Is that right?

You should come back to the Netherlands and renew your vows! I'd love to go to that.

P.S. Did you ever play korfbal as a kid?
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From: svanzoest
2005-03-23 00:11 (UTC)
> Hey, I have a question for you! When I was at a coffee house (not shop)
> one morning, I said "Alstublieft," which my guidebook claimed meant
> "Thank you," to the waiter when he brought me my coffee. He shook his
> head vigorously. He attempted to explain using gestures (and a saucer)
> that I should say "Alstublieft" if I was giving someone something, but
> "Dank u wel" if I was receiving something. So from what I gathered, they
> both mean "Thank you," but you have to use them in the proper context.
> Is that right?

"Dank U wel" is a formal version of "thank you". I usually say "Dank je wel" or "Bedankt". "Alstublieft" (or informal "alsjeblieft") generally means "Please", but it also used when you ordered food in the context of "here you go".

You might hear them say "Graag ge daan" which is roughly equivalent to "You're welcome".

So a typical conversation when someone brings you your coffee would be.
(oh.. and realize that usually you need to be seated and the menus are on the table. Do not walk up to the counter to order, since that really confuses them.).

Waiter: "Alstublieft"
Customer: "Dank u wel"
Waiter: "Graag ge daan"
(or "geen moeite" which roughly translates to "no problem").

I found this on the net, which seems to explain this
<http://www.taalthuis.com/course/beginners/les104.html>

> You should come back to the Netherlands and renew your vows! I'd love to
> go to that.

Yeah, we had a few people from the UK come to our wedding in the Netherlands. Next trip we take to europe we will have to give each other tours.

> P.S. Did you ever play korfbal as a kid?

Not really. I only played with my (female) cousin (or "nicht" in dutch) who played on the korfbal team in her town. They had a korfbal ring in the back yard. So, I know the game, but wasn't on a team or anything. I mostly played soccer and swam.

-- Sander
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-03-23 19:14 (UTC)
yay! the photos are quite inspiring &motivating for me to get myself sorted so the move to europe can happen SOON!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-23 21:02 (UTC)
I remember you mentioning you had been bitten by the wanderlust. Come on over, the weather is, uh...unpredictable? Sunny and warm today at least!
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-03-24 14:30 (UTC)
unpredictable is fine in'it.
sr. G was just speaking last night about staying another year so we could save money to but a house in spain! {his work just offered him part ownership}
i just; well, i am not sure how much i can handle staying in ny..

question: do you have any photos of the jolly red buses?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-24 15:38 (UTC)
Hm, can you not save up money once you get to Spain? It seems to me that saving money for the house should not preclude moving, not if you're careful with your expenses. Like if you don't ship much stuff over, and if you're willing to rent out a little bitty place for a while?

I don't think I have any photos of the buses! I will take some. The buses I normally use are the newer ones, but there are a few of the old Roadmasters still running near Covent Garden, where Marco works. Are those the ones you mean?
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[User Picture]From: behsharam
2005-03-23 23:09 (UTC)

Great photos

I hope you don't go text only. You take great photographs and it's an opportunity for me to see some of the places I hope to go someday. I get to travel vicariously through you this way.

The coloring in the crocuses photo is beautiful; it almost looks hand colored.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-03-24 15:36 (UTC)
I took photos of Regent's Park on Tuesday when it was all sunny and spring-time. I'm working on a post that has those and the Lomo photos I took during winter, for contrast. This weekend we're going to Warwick Castle and I'll be bringing the camera again. So, more vicarious travel for you!

Thank you. I think the green moss on the tree trunks made a striking contrast with the dull ground and the crocuses, especially since the trees themselves were still leafless.
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