Storms, Snow and Sand...
I think it really is time for an update about how things are going, with me for me etc.
So lets see, Living in Amsterdam has been very exciting, interesting, creatively inspiring, friendly, gezellig etc etc.
There are so many interesting things to see in Amsterdam so first heres a few nice random shots I'd like to show you..
Zuiderbad - You might not recoginse this but this is actually the Pool where I swim, its over 100 years old, talk about being immersered in history.
Mini Car - yes these are very small cars, you dont need a liscence to drive them and you can drive up onto the footpath and park it anywhere, no parking fees or hassles. I want one!
One of my favourite street works. Anne Frank.
I've finally been making a few good friends and have been enjoying getting to know the town and the people.
Despite it being the middle of winter it has been very warm here in Amsterdam and as you may know there has been alot of talk about the climate change and global warming.
Im personally quite concerned and do what I can to help eg trying to remeber to turn off lights around the house, recycling etc.
For those of you who didnt hear about it we had super storms over here a few weeks ago. Nothing like in Indonesia but it was the worst storm I have ever been in. There were trees fallen over on cars all over the place, windows of buldings totaly smashed through. I was actually out of the house on that day and was cycling!!!
I remember stopping by one of the canals to watch a portaloo get pushed around by the wind and then watching the water from the surface of the canals, which looked more like a stormy sea, being lifted off the surface and blown through the air in wispy, watery gusts. It was truly incredible.
Yes this tree has fallen onto two parked cars. Luckily none was in them.
Cycling into town was not such a problem but on the way back heading into super super strong winds on my bike was almost impossible.
At one time the wind was so strong I had to stop. And when I did so I suddenly was being driven backward on my bike from the power of the wind. Scarry but exciting and a totally new experience.
At one point also while I was cycling, a big gust came and pushed me off the bike path, across the curb, over the footpath, over the grass and almost into a hedge. Eeek. I was lucky I managed to stop myself but there was a moment where I was bracing myself for inpact and all the possibilities to be the least hurt rushed through my mind, Ie to I try fall off before I hit the hedge, do I just brace and hope for the best...
Thank goodness I was ok. I made it home without a tree falling on me or without being thrown off my bike and into a canal.
Talking about being thrown off my bike, I had my first bike accident a couple weeks ago. It wasnt my fault though.
Theres this strange intersection in Amsterdam where the lanes split into two and often the cars turning to the left are waiting while the right lane can go through. What happened to me is that an idiot turning to the right tried to rush through so first he rushed his car around me on my bike but when he realised he wasn't going to fit between the waiting left turning cars and the curbe he slammed on his brakes and my brakes just werent strong enough to stop me that quickly. I managed not to drive straight into the back of him but swirved to the side but there are these poles that line the edges of the roads in Amsterdam called "Amsterdammertjes" and I ended up being bounced against them and the side of the car and then my ribs slammed into his mirror and I was thrown off onto the footpath.
I managed to get up and cycle away from it but ended up with sore ribs and various bruises and a sore back for a few days.
And now going back to the weather, I HAD MY FIRST REAL SNOW!!!!
The first down fall was really light and melted as soon as it hit the ground.
And it was really warm weather still hence it was totally surprising to see.
But then the next day it really snowed. There was white everywhere!! It was so so pretty. I loved it. But today was sunny and warm. Whats happening to the weather??
Me in the Snow on my deck
The view from my deck
There has also been many beautiful days where I've really enjoyed, (genieten) from being in Amsterdam.
Me infont of Canal and De Waag
The bulding behind me is The Waag. For me it is historically one of the more interesting buildings in town because...
"The upper floors housed four guilds for some time, namely those of the smiths, painters, masons and surgeons. Each guild had its own entrance tower. In 1632 Rembrandt van Rijn was commissioned to paint the surgeons at work, and the resulting Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Tulp made his name. In 1691 a theatrum anatomicum was added, which became famous for admitting (paying) members of the public to witness human dissections"
I've also been busy with various little film projects and am currently working on a music vid I have directed and have a few potential projects possibly coming up in the hopefully near future so thats very exciting.
Here's me filming with Justine for a doco she directed and I helped edit.
Today (17th Feb) I went to the beach not too far from Amsterdam, about 20mins or so on the train. It was really nice being at the beach again.
Was even lucky enough to get some sun in the afternoon.
There was quite a few people there too, Lots of Dogs, children, Gay Couples and some people on horses.
I also found a totally amazing site...
I hope you enjoy the photos and I'd love to hear from you all.
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