Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday in Amsterdam

Coffee and dutch treats with Alfred at his lovely apartment on Lijnbaansgracht. Alfred throws splendid Dutch Night parties in Sydney every February and I've been lucky enough to attend the last two, although bewildered at being one of the shortest people in the room (at 185cm). Usually there's at least another dozen to hundred people around whenever he organises something, so it was a pleasure just to talk one on one for a few hours. And he gave me the correct spelling for Coffee Verkeerd.

Bondi and I wandered off for lunch in the Leidse Plein, stopping momentarily to watch some heavy grappling machinery ripping a building to shreds without disturbing the surrounding streetscape. It looked like a plier-headed dinosaur as it grabbed brickwork, timber and pipes from high-up a building, and then shook them with a head-shaking action to the ground.

Then it was past the Rijksmuseum, the long grassy stretch of Museum Plein (which Bondi cantered across) down to the Concertgebouw. While the staff of the famed concert hall were happy to play with Bondi, I was moping a little over not getting a chance to see the Earl Wild 90th anniversary concert scheduled there for next Sunday.

We turned toward Albert Cuypstraat where an open-air market has operated since 1904. I found some Australian dried apricots (so much nicer than the Turkish variety IMHO) and a cheap bag of meaty-bones for Bondi.

On the way back to the hotel we met a trio of folks coffeeing with their lovely malamute, slightly older and much smaller than Bondi.

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