Other people's (boring) travel photos, part 3...
The European installment
And she doesn't even have any pictures scanned in yet!
In October, 1996, my then-new employer, QualiTau,
sent me to Enschede, The Netherlands, to bravely staff our booth at the
annual ESREF conference. Being a new college grad, I had no presentable
clothes and went out and bought a suit (picture to come. And you'd better
look at it when it's here as it will undoubtedly be your only chance ever
to see me in a suit. Are you looking mom???)
So, I spent 6 pleasant days in Enschede, and then took off to see a
bit of Europe on my own (not in the suit, either. Altho I did have to schlep
it around with me.). Enschede is a very sweet small city on the Eastern
border of The Netherlands. After leaving there, I spent 3.5 days in Amsterdam
and 4 days in London.
I was ready to pack up my considerable book collection
and move to Amsterdam on day 1. This city is amazing! It is very much like
Francisco, my home. Or should I say SF is like it, seeing as how Amsterdam
was founded in around 1200 when they dammed up the Amstel River. It is
a compact little city that is extremely flat and very easy to navigate.
Most streets have a canal running down the middle of them. And the canals
don't smell, either, unlike most waterways in the US. (and what about that
horrible smell coming out of the gutter drains in SF??) I was lucky enough
to stay in a beautiful 4th floor room overlooking a canal all 3 nights.
I resided in the Hotel Keizerhof B&B, on Keizersgracht. This glorious
house (mansion??) was built in the 1700s and had these amazing windy staircases
that were not designed for 5'9" indivuduals!
Some of the highlights:
Anna Frank's House--Anna
and her family hid here for 2 years before being discovered and slaughtered
by the Nazi's in the Holocaust. The rooms didn't seem that small at first,
until I thought about not being able to leave for 2 years. This is a very
The Rijksmuseum, where I got to see nearly all the VerMeers I didn't
see in DC.
Glorious Indonesian food. (The Dutch colonized Indonesia, among other
Stedelijk Modern Art Museum
I took a day trip to Delft, home of Delft pottery, and also VerMeers
I saw some very amazing old (ca. 1300) churches. Those buildings are
unreal. They are very quiet (being nearly empty of people, unlike Westminster
Abbey, the original zoo), and dark, and cool because of the stone walls.
And the ceilings just go up and up, and are made out of very delicate intricate
woodwork! I can see why religion was so powerful back then--if they could
build such a building!
I was very sad to leave this beautiful city to move onto
Unfortunately, I was sick the entire time I was in London, so I didn't
have a very good time, and the place I stayed in was a dump--mildew and
a very lumpy bed (I've had lots better at a Youth Hostel. I still can't
figure out why I didn't go to one there). I did hit the big sites--
British Museum--they have Gutenberg Bibles and original Bronte manuscripts!!
Plus all these massive stone works from Egypt and Greece!
Theatre-- I saw The Lady in Black, and An Ideal Huband. Both were excellent!
TO BE CONTINUED........
Well, maybe when I get some pictures scanned in I will update these
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