Prowling my world, camera in hand

19 August 2007

Week 33: Irka’s visit

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This past week, my sister and brother-in-law from Poland have been visiting, so of course I have been spending time with them, walking around Amsterdam and doing the usual touristy things one does with visitors from abroad.

One morning, we took a walk in the Vondelpark:

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Also in the Vondelpark, a duck (or is it a goose?–identifying birds is not my strong suit) mother watches me carefully, with the little ones feeding in the background:

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Later, out in the streets, some more Amsterdam bird life:

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I popped into a neighbourhood grocery to buy a Coke, and the two girls manning the shop insisted on having their picture taken. I happily obliged:

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One of most civilised features of Amsterdam is the widespread presence of public urinals:

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I don’t think I will have lunch here:

The next three images are not from Amsterdam.

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A stop in Zaltbommel, reflection:

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When I come home from work, the family member who welcomes me most enthusiastically is my dog Cheeta. If she is in the garden, she sticks her head out through the fence:

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My sister and her husband also love dogs, and they do their best to spoil Cheeta when they visit. Normally she is banned from our beds; but when my sister gets up, the dog is allowed to take her place next to my brother-in-law, who usually sleeps somewhat longer:

Back to Amsterdam. Friday evening we drove back to the centre to take a walk after dark.

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We walked down the main shopping street, Kalverstraat. The shops were closed, and it was garbage pickup evening:

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We then looked in to the Cracked Kettle beer shop:

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And then we went across the street, all of 2 metres or so, and had a beer at the Gollem bar:

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Finally, we walked through the Red Light District, where my brother-in-law found a new girlfriend:

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