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April 4, 2005
Leaving North Carolina, Entering Amsterdam
A few of us met for dinner the last week of March at Bandido's in Chapel Hill.

Justin, Puff, Crompton, Tevan, Emily, Ruth, Njagu, Torin, Matt, Katie, Jordan, Eric, and Taylor

These bunnies greeted me at the AMS airport.

Sculpture Bunnies at the Amsterdam Airport

The first couple of days here were sunny and conducive to wandering, so I wandered near Central Station.

A Street Scene Near Central Station link to this entry

April 14, 2005
Amsterdam: Not for Straight Faces
People can't keep a straight face when the word "Amsterdam" exits my mouth. Amsterdam is more than legalized marijuana and prostitution! (But not much more.)

A statue of Anne Frank.

Statue of Anne Frank

The bookcase that concealed the annex and delayed Anne Frank's capture.

The bookcase that concealed the annex

Anne Frank's first diary.

Anne Frank's first diary

The Rijksmuseum itself was closed, but the fountain in front was open for business.

Fountain in front of the Rijksmuseum

The coffeeshops sell cannabis, hash, and even coffee.

Umma Gumma Coffeeshop

Smartshops sell mushrooms and paraphenalia.

Chills & Thrills Headshop & Smartshop

Racks of offensive postcards are as ubiquitous as the experiences they advertise.

Offensive Postcards

Women sell themselves and potential customers give window shopping a deeper meaning. Photos are prohibited in the Red Light District. That statement is supposed to justify the substandard quality of these photos.

The windows the prostitutes stand in

Live mannikans cost less than plastic ones

I used to collect railroad spikes and quiver at the thought of witnessing an oncoming train. In Amsterdam, trains pass in the middle of the cobblestone streets. (There's time to move out of the way.)

A train in the road

Bikes. And more bikes. And people on bikes!

Bikes in Amsterdam

And more bikes at Central Station

People on bikes

DJ Harry Dee spun old skool drum'n'bass mixed with reggae and hip-hop two nights in a row at The Flying Pig Downtown.

DJ Harry Dee at Flying Pig

I shared a room with Caz and Nitya for a couple of nights at The Flying Pig.

Caz, Nitya & Tevan

Seeing Burger King and McDonald's is simultaneously comforting (familiarity) and disappointing (homogenization of culture).

Burger King & McDonald's in the Netherlands

There are canals all around the city.

It's a canal link to this entry

April 22, 2005
A Day in Brussels
Belgian Waffles in Belgium

Belgian Waffles

Is this Heineken or Manneken?

Heineken or Manneken?

I met James (far left) and Kyle (far right) at Centre Vincent van Gogh hostel in Brussels. We met the women in the middle, who only spoke French, at the bar. I served as a translator when gifted bilinguals were absent.

Lost in translation

An ant's view of Grand Plaza. I got his permission first.

An ant's view of Grand Plaza

A rainy cityscape from within the Musical Instruments Museum.

Brussels Cityscape link to this entry

April 27, 2005
Parlez-Vous Butchered French?
Marie and Israel on the Eurail from Brussels to Paris.

Marie and Israel

An unlikely confluence: Marie and friends after dinner.

Marie, Maurice, Frida, Tevan, Dominique, and Bertrand

The Arc de Triomphe at the end of Champs-Elysee.

Arc de Triomphe

It rains spontaneously and often for brief periods in the spring.

A building is a free umbrella

I got close to this duck on my way to the Eiffel Tower. It quacked at me several times. I was amused.


The Eiffel Tower

The American Dream can be found off Champs-Elysee by Gap and The Disney Store.

The American Dream

A portion of the ceiling at the Louvre.

Louvre ceiling

I gravitated toward a castle and found this statue.

Everybody Loves Mona

Mona Lisa Crowd

Colorful entrance to the Paris Metro.

Paris Metro Entrance

On some trains, the subway cars are connected without doors. The train is like one long car.

One Long Car

I enjoyed the rain in this moment.

A moment in the rain link to this entry