But before I share the new sights and sounds and flavors of our new 'hood, I want to share what I will miss about our old neighborhood, where we lived happily for one year on a quiet, out-of-the-way wharf just east of the Amsterdam city center.
The free view of the Artis fauna from the Entrepotdok:
The ghostly loom of the Scheepvaartmuseum at nighttime:
The cool, intriguing, corrugated-steel-sided building that I didn't realize was a climbing gym until the week before we moved, despite its GIANT CAPITAL LETTERS reading "Climb Wall":
The train tracks that we couldn't hear from our apartment, but whose bright blur always reminded you of traveling. Also cool/frustrating to be on the inbound train from somewhere and pass your apartment building.
Oosterkerk's cupola against the always-immaculate Dutch sky:
This lazy, greasy-furred, attention-grubbing watchdog:
Other modern buildings:
The various odd footbridges of Java eiland:
The mirrored buildings on Java eiland:
Mocking the signage on the apartment building's bulletin board:
|Answer: No, Small-Neighbor-Child-Whose-Parent-Obviously-Lettered-This-Sign, we're keeping ALL the Keuken Mini's for ourselves. And turtles are not part of the Keuken Mini collection.|
Living across from the once-shipyard of the East India Company:
Being able to see various renditions of this view every. Single. Day.
|Moving! Must. Burn. ALL THE CANDLES.|