|More Amsterdam Updates - Days 4-6
||[Jul. 13th, 2008|10:29 pm]
Travels of a Dynamic Duo
Day 4: AKA The first day of class
I kind of want to be Carole Vance when I grow up.
And then it rained a lot. All week long.
After class, a few of us headed out to find cell phone accoutrement and got caught in a downpour on
Damrak. Fun! A few pictures from before and after the rain.
Central Station, which doesn’t look very pretty because the Metro system is undergoing huge construction right now.
Not sure where this is, somewhere in the Centrum, but I like the picture.
No problems with this yet luckily.
National Monument (WWII) in Dam Square. Hello, phallic symbol. Errrr.
My first EuroTrash/goth sighting! I didn’t get a picture of the Lolita girls near Central Station though. Sorry.
Ita and I in Dam Square, also home of the Palace, Niewe Kerk (New Church), and Madame Tussad’s (gag).
The Dutch are a people after my own, deep-fried, lovin’ heart.
Rain, rain rain on Nieuwezijks Voorburgwal.
More creepy mannequins near UvA on my walk home from Dam Square, I split off from the others.
Can you read underneath the hat?
I have SO many canal pictures, but they’re so pretty!
Day 5: Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday
Not a whole lot of interest today, just class and a failed trip to a market near the windmill on PHK.
Class time. From L to R: Phyllis, James, and Priya B. Oh, and Beate up there with the yellow scarf.
I want to be her when I grow up. Carole Vance, of Columbia U. The one who coined the phrase “The most important sexual organ in the human is between the ears.”
I am so studious.
Failed market trip, it was already closing. But we got a windmill picture!
Pryia S. ☺
Garden photos for Mom. As soon as I took this, the owner walked up next to me and unlocked her gate. Whoops.
Day 6: Red Light District Tour Day aka Wednesday.
So excited about this day!
And the tour (sort of) begins as the group gathers in the courtyard.
Inside the Prostitute Information Center (PIC) “showroom” so we can see what the inside of one of the windows sort of looks like. It’s a little different now because they have to have tile everywhere for cleanliness, so not many of them are this spruced up.
Charles (who has some great quips from today) standing near “Belle,” a bronze statue near the Ouide Kerk (Old Church, the oldest in fact) which represents sex workers all over the world. It’s lovely.
Previously mentioned “Ouide Kerk,” one of the few times I felt okay using my camera.
The PIC, a non-profit that provides information to sex workers and the general public about sex work and sex workers rights. I bought a couple of great books from here for entirely too much money, but it’s for a good cause: respect.
Chinese food in Chinatown (bordering on the Red Light District) with Evan, Camilo, Celeste and Saeed.
Just for reference, one part of our building from PHK:
So there you go.