Trip Start Jul 19, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2006

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Have I mentioned bikes yet, well Japan has nothing on these people. Bikes everywhere, flying by and chained to everything. Some of the riders have "bike rage" and I don't blame them. There are clear paths marking bike route, even has a bike painted on the ground. But sure enough you hear Ding Ding from their bike bell and some ugly words yelled ( I am assuming as they are yelling in Dutch?) because everywhere people are just stepping in front of them. It is like dodging bullets for them. I even saw someone backing up and almost hit 3 different bikers, one of them hit the car with their hand and yelled something jfkl jkl asd jklaio - all I know is it wasn't pretty. I also saw a double decker parking deck for bikes.

OK my picture in front of I AM STERDAM, I am not even sure what that means , but I can tell you it was SUREDAM hot here today. They are having a "hot spell" as my landlord called it, going on 2 weeks now. No air-condition but good breeze coming in my window. Reported 2 little black crawling bug on me in my bed last night to him. Hoping in my mind "hope you are not a bedbug" but put my paranoia away considering the windows are always open. It is 3am and none tonight. I did do the mattress seam, and behind headboard check, no buggies.

Today art and history, both were both. Went to Anne Frank Huis, they let you go behind the bookcase and up the stairs. There were film clips from a worker in her fathers office and her father. He received the diary after news of her death in a camp from his office worker. He said Anne never expressed herself , she would give her opinion but she never made known to them these feelings as she documented them.

On to galleries - I prefer Rembrandt to Van Gogh, and Johannes Vermeer to them both (The Girl with the Pearl Earring). Next in line would be Johannes Versponck because he sure could paint up some pale ladies. Back in the day I would have been his girl.

Now for today I have some self portraits (not like Rembrandt's but ). One is of me eating breakfast in the street in the neighborhood the other overlooking one of the centre squares. I did walk through the red lights district tonight, overheard a 100 Euro transaction going on. I don't think the guy and his friends took the bait. I am almost certain I was the only lone female in the area, threw my head back and walked through like I was shopping or something. Walked quick by the live sex shows being offered and kept going. Took a cab home and the cab driver kept telling me he thought we were about the same age.???? I am not sure what that means , he just kept saying it. NO I don't offer cab drivers in for a nightcap. Ha hah

Flower Market was full of well - Flowers and tourist junk, well yes I picked up my fridge magnet.

Oh one last encounter. I Pi---- off one of the tram drivers today. Got to the end of the line the tram made a big circle and came to a stop. The driver turned around seen me there and said
"What are you doing here"
"I must have missed my stop at Van Gogh"
"I said it twice VAGU VAGU"
"Well VAGU didn't sound like Van Gogh to me- sorry"
"YOU DO NOT LISTEN, YOU DID NOT LISTEN" (face purple-yelling)
With a little tuff of dyed blond hair on top of his head shaking back and forth.
"Oh well I'll just wait until we head in the other direction"
"I have 2 months, it won't be that long will it?" (face and neck flaming now)"
When we headed back I sat near him so he could throw me off at the right stop and informed him of that, he just kept mumbling "You no listen". When we got to the stop he pointed to the museum and yelled "VAGU VAGU SEE"
It still did not sound anything like Van Gogh...............

Miss ya, see ya
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