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Monday, February 12, 2007

Overcast In and Out

Another overcast, sometimes rainy, day in Amsterdam. Jet lag’s arms are around me; my energy is waning. I’m the only woman in the city without cool, hip boots. I thought about getting a pair, but backpacking them to Rwanda seems silly.

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is off for exhibit elsewhere, and the Rijksmuseum exhibit is a fraction of its usual size while they remodel. I visited the Van Gogh museum only to realize that except for two or three paintings, I really don’t like Van Gogh, the crazy coot.

My image of Amsterdam in winter is of skaters on the canals. But the weather is temperate, and I can’t imagine them freezing. I amuse myself by walking, past restaurants and “coffee shops” (a ridiculous euphemism for grass bars and hash houses). Jumping out of the way of moving cars, bicycles and trolleys. Dreaming of living here for a few months sometime in the future, of buying flowers and bread and cheese on the corner, and bringing them home in the basket on my bike. Riding next to the canals, my scarf flapping behind me, and right up to my front door.

Tonight headed to the Melkweg (the starry Milky Way music venue). Tomorrow night on the plane to Kigali.


Blogger Gordo said...

I work with a guy from Amsterdam and he spares no effort in complaining about the "terrible Canadian winters". Quite amusing, actually.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Lynnea said...

"Coffee shops" - puts a different connotation on caffeine high I suppose...

Girl, go for the hip boots, take them to Rwanda and keep them hidden till you get home. Go for it, you know you want to.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Lucia,
Amsterdam! How cool. I've recently begun to want to go there. I no longer love art museums, but in the case of Vermeer and REmbrandt, I'll make an exception. Sorry it's raining, but please try to enjoy the views for my eyes too.

4:14 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I'd love to see a picture of those hip boots. I want a pair already.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ooo...hip boots make great birthday gifts... ;-)

Would one of the shops mail a pair home for you? Or would the postage cost as much as the boots?

10:49 PM  
Blogger r said...

Why are boots in other places so much more stylish?

Can't figure it out.

My wanderlust is stirring (sounds dirty) with your descriptions.

Can't wait to hear more.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Get the hip boots, and send them home in the mail before you go to Rwanda.

Tulips? Are they popping their little heads up yet?

7:08 AM  
Blogger QT said...

It all sounds so fun - I agree that if there were a way to send the hip boots home, you should get some. They will go with everything!

8:53 PM  
Blogger magickat said...

I see nothing wrong with backpacking sexy boots!

5:45 PM  

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