Part A: Art on the Street
Our crank didn't get too turned by the Dutch old school painters, but as you can tell by my extensive post on Escher, some Dutch art is quite compelling to me. On of the things I personally find interesting is the normal "art on the street" in which cities invest. In Amsterdam, my personal fave was the sea of iguanas in a small park.
|Dozens of the little critters|
Then there was the chameleon.
Part B: Cleanliness is next to Godliness
The Dutch clean their cities. A lot. We saw them cleaning our street most days, including Sundays, from as early as 8 AM to as late as 8 PM. Sometimes a crew of 5-7 people with brooms and garbage bags would walk our street and pick up the trash. Street and sidewalk cleaners would come by almost daily.
|Squirt it off the sidewalk and into the oncoming street sweeper|
Directly across the canal from us was a glass recycling location. It took us a while to figure out it was here, and in fact, at the beginning of our trip, we couldn't see that they recycled in Amsterdam at all. But it was there, just hiding. This glass recycling station was merely a 12" square box sticking out of ground with round holes for bottle, and it wasn't really marked in any way. But we watched people use it, so we started to use it, too, not sure where the bottles went. Then we saw it being emptied by the coolest picker truck.
|The picker grabs the drop slot revealing the underground box|
|The glass drops into his truck|
You know I like critters, especially wild ones. I really like Great Blue Herons. We have them, but they're not that common here. There's certainly lots of them in Holland. We saw them everywhere.
|Fishing in Vondlepark|
|Very cute, but out of place|
Traveling around Greece you see a LOT of cats. Amsterdam isn't cat mad, but I saw my fair share of them, especially in store windows.
|One real one, asleep in the chair, among the fakes|
|In a furniture store window|
My first car was a 1976 Mini. KC owns a 2004 MINI. I know Minis well. A Mini is a small car where I live, but kinda normally sized in Holland. But when is a Mini not a Mini? When it's an SUV.
|Somehow the antithesis of the word "Mini"|
Part E: More Hoists In Action
I liked seeing a building hoist in action, so was happy when one across the street from me was used most of the day for moving.
|On it's way up|
|Rotate and it's done|
|In she goes|
|Three hanging ladies|
Halfway through our stay, we were joined by a houseguest. Here he is helping himself to some food.
|Blurry, but you get the picture|
Part G: What can you get in markets?
Turns out everything...
|Wait for the joke...|
Part H: Strictly random
I can offer no comment on this. Its just something I never see at home.
|Taking it for a walk, I assume|