Amsterdam - Saturday May 20, 2000

The day started again with a big and good breakfast before Josiane, Catherine and I gathered for an hour boat cruise along the canals.

Before we went, we eventually got around to cross the Red Light district. That was quite an experience as well... People had told me about it, but being there in real life makes a totally different impression.

(If you're interested in knowing what kind of impression, read what follows, if not, jump to the next paragraph.)
I looked through the window and saw a pretty girl --quite undressed, I have to say; with a sad look on her face. That's when I realised it wasn't what I expected. What I expected was exactly how I imagined it when it was told to me : seeing without being seen. And there, I felt very indiscreet. As if this girl was being exposed --which she was, you're right ; but as if I was peeking and it was an unhealthy feeling.)

The excursion was very pleasant. Gave me an extra occasion to take pictures :-) There's a tape depicting what we see along the cruise (in Dutch, German, French and English) that the driver stops and plays.

The next step of our day was to go to the Rijksmuseum. Josiane and I boarded the tram and realised after a half hour that the damn thing wasn't nearing the museum! We had taken the other direction... :-( We made the full trip, and again and after almost an hour of tram we arrived at the Rijksmuseum. It was 6 p.m. and it had closed an hour earlier :-( So we took a tram again and returned.

Later this day, I checked in the new hotel, Groenendael's on Nieuwendijk. Tarred with the same brush, this hotel resembled the Schirmann , but the cheapest version of it. The triple room that I was to share with DanielD and Thierry had the same type of furniture. The showers were on the landing (one on each side) and the toilet was on the opposite landing. The bed was comfortable as well. It had larger windows (there was a roof window at the Schirmann's).

It was dinner time by the time I got settled. So I was Mac Donald's-bound. Nice dinner. Familiar actually, no surprise :-)

Around 10 p.m. I was in my bed, almost asleep. DanielD was to arrive soon. I styleng>woke upat the sound of a knock on the door. Sleepy, I opened the door, to realise the knock had been made on the door of the next room... DanielD arrived a half hour later, fresh and clear, ready to party. Well I wasn't. He went partying alone.

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Hotel on Singel
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a street
near the red district
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Sint Olofskapel
(location of the AC)
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Yawning cat and Josiane
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A narrow canal
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Three red lights
(...Yes, look closer...)
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A male 'model'
and Josiane behind
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Canal in the
red light district
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Part of the
red light district
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A canal and bridge
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A canal and some church
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Nieuwe Kerk
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Street urinal
(No, I ain't obsessed...)
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Josiane & Catherine beside
an old street lamp
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(And 2 potential customers)
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2 forlorn buildings
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Oudekerk tower
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Chris looking for a hotel
near the red light district
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Hi Chris!
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Near Oude Kerk
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Jesus loves U
near the Barbizon Palace
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Josiane and Catherine,
before boarding the boat
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before boarding the boat
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Home boat spotted
from the canalboat
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No Parking here
(At any time?...)
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View from the canalboat
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VanGogh's bridge
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Home boat spotted
from the canalboat
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Enjoying this sunny saturday
on their boat
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Canal bikes
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Flying Dutchman
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View of canal
from the canalboat
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Some church
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The Messina Sisters
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Mounttoren from the canal
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A sailing ship
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View on canal and bridge
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View on Centraal Station
from canal
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View on Centraal Station
from canal
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View on Sint Nicolaaskerk
from canal
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View on Sint Nicolaaskerk
from canal
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View from quay,
Ouder Kerk tower behind
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Strange street-sign
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My new room at Groenendael's
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(nice one...)
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Coralie smiling
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Coralie smiling
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(...Yes, again...)

Here continues my photo album...

Sunday, May 21 2000 : AC Meeting rehearsal day, lunch, welcome dinner. Hard day for a Sunday...
Monday, May 22 2000 : AC Meeting, reception at the Grand. Few pix of the talks (dim light)
Tuesday, May 23 2000 : AC Meeting. Team dinner at Sarang Mas' on Damrak
Wednesday, May 24 2000 : All-team meeting at CWI. Miscellaneous pix and pix of the team
Go back to May 19

Author: Koalie

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