Thursday, August 21, 2008

i amsterdam

I am not checking passports at the airport & letting everyone wander through customs without question.

I am not taking tickets on the train into town, even after you labored over which ones to buy.

I am continuing a conversation with my coworker instead of offering you assistance.

I am speaking English to you before making pointed remarks in Dutch to my friend.

I am an unexpectedly sincere face in antique stores, coffeeshops, and behind red-lit doors.

I am driving like a bank robber while you try to cross the street.

I am
the whiplashed pedestrian anxiously avoiding speeding trams, cars, bicycles & scooters.

I am 750,000 people packed into a 3-mile-diameter city.

I am a conflicted history of strict Calvinism versus joy of the riches from commerce; of tolerance & acceptance at odds with conformity.

I am dirty yet lovely, like an orphan on the street.

I am the dedication of Vermeer, the anguish of Van Gogh, and the bravery of Anne Frank.

I Amsterdam.

15 comments:

Stu said...

I am having a great time.

-Stu

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

Lovely.

LarryG said...

did you say...
"I am Rockin"
Yeah - You Rock

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

When my Middle Child was in Amsterdam last year (she studied abroad in England in her Junior year), she was living on a college-student budget, sleeping in a hostel, etc. I offered to pay for her to see the Anne Frank house, but what for what did she want to use the proffered money, I ask you? To go to the Sexmuseum, I tell you. Dang kids. So? Did you go there? Didya? Didya? Tell us!

Danielle said...

I am disappointed I only saw the Amsterdam airport...

EatPlayLove said...

I was always so bummed when they didn't check our tickets on the train!

The Rijks Museum is a fabulous and often over looked gem in Amsterdam!

Lisa Milton said...

I am pleased to hear that don't practically strip search you.

I am pleased to hear you are having a great time.

I am pleased to say I am feeling a little better, and hoping to go out in little ol' Portland, come Saturday.

holly said...

i amstunned

marathon mom said...

This looks like an awesome trip! I will have to come back and visit some more...

Minnesota Matron said...

Matron too jealous to type because she is St. Paul which is not nearly as exciting. Terrific post!

Nora Bee said...

Love it!

dkuroiwa said...

I AM loving your posts!!
and if you miss that sex museum that Cheri was talking about (really...dijya go?huh?huh?huh?), come to Japan and we can take you to the penis museum....yeah...it's bad, but oh so very worth the giggles!!!

Oliver Rain said...

I AM enjoying your updates. My favourite parts of Amsterdam with the parking lots of bicycles and the flowers.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

We DID go to the Sex Museum - Cheri, did your daughter tell you it was half the price of the Anne Frank House? Hmmmm. Where did those other 3 Euros go? I won't tell you how much a gram of weed costs...

Tracy said...

sounds like you had a great time, and you captured it perfectly.

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