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More Amsterdam Updates - Days 4-6 [Jul. 13th, 2008|10:29 pm]
Travels of a Dynamic Duo

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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.


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Central Station, which doesn’t look very pretty because the Metro system is undergoing huge construction right now.


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Not sure where this is, somewhere in the Centrum, but I like the picture.


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No problems with this yet luckily.

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National Monument (WWII) in Dam Square. Hello, phallic symbol. Errrr.

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My first EuroTrash/goth sighting! I didn’t get a picture of the Lolita girls near Central Station though. Sorry.

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Ita and I in Dam Square, also home of the Palace, Niewe Kerk (New Church), and Madame Tussad’s (gag).

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The Dutch are a people after my own, deep-fried, lovin’ heart.

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Rain, rain rain on Nieuwezijks Voorburgwal.

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More creepy mannequins near UvA on my walk home from Dam Square, I split off from the others.

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Can you read underneath the hat?


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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.

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Class time. From L to R: Phyllis, James, and Priya B. Oh, and Beate up there with the yellow scarf.

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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.”

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I am so studious.

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Failed market trip, it was already closing. But we got a windmill picture!

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Pryia S. ☺

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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!

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And the tour (sort of) begins as the group gathers in the courtyard.

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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.

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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.

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Previously mentioned “Ouide Kerk,” one of the few times I felt okay using my camera.

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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.

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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:

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So there you go.

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Comments:
[User Picture]From: babyhoneyface
2008-07-14 01:23 pm (UTC)

this is sofia!

lovely pictures! i just finished reading a book that takes place mostly in amsterdam and it was really wonderful to see a lot of the places they mention in the book. thanks!
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