Intricate Places

I enjoy complicated interlocking solutions which is part of why I appreciate Amsterdam.  Simply crossing the road is significantly different than in the US.  Near Oosterpark today when we crossed the street we went over eight different lanes of traffic.  The sidewalk, the bike lane, the car lane and then the tram (and taxi) lane — then each again in the reverse direction.  The Dutch understand that it makes sense to make space for and to separate all these functions.  And it means they need to pay more attention, especially because to add to this complicated flow they have stoned tourists wandering out of coffee shops into the fray.

One of many complex Dutch intersections.

We went to Oosterpark today, one of the larger city parks in Am*dam, where they have really good playgrounds.  I don’t know why the US has such boring playgrounds.  Perhaps because children’s quality of life is not valued as highly….or it could be simple economics: the more exciting aspects of the playground may be less safe and city officials above all want to avoid lawsuits.   When is the last time you saw a simple merry-go-round?

Willow on tire swing in Oosterpark.

The rain made several of the playground installations tricky, with strategic puddles to avoid.

Dodging puddle by inches.

A Dutch girl, a heron in the background, a Dutch tree.

playing with big art

The Dutch parks also have a lot of art in them of various sizes, including this big piece called Liberation.  I don’t especially like this piece but I really appreciate its daring and that it is in this public place.

Innovative Dutch shopping cart.

What you can’t see in this picture is this little shopping cart thing has wheels.  Its small footprint enables customers to move more easily in the tiny Dutch stores.

I bought this old leather jacket for 10 Euros at the Waterlooplein flea market.

A sweet first day back in Am*dam.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

2 responses to “Intricate Places”

  1. Jan Haverkamp says :

    😀 And then you did not even tell about the strange rules for pedestrian traffic lights! If it is green, you can walk while knowing for sure you will not be bothered by other traffic. When it is red, you can cross if you do not hinder other traffic, but there is no guarantee of that… completely different than in the Czech Republic, where you can be fined for crossing a red pedestrian light – even if there is no car in sight (bikes are seldom in sight in Prague 😉 Although it is getting better).

  2. anissa ljanta (nee star) says :

    Is that one of Hawina’s willow trees?! i am remembering times in that park too…good and hard. All important. And look at you two…still looking at each other with love after all these years. That makes me so happy. x

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