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Entry No. 1670

Summer's come early, with temperatures running in the twenties this week, so this morning I thought I'd wear sandals. I've been pampering my feet for the last couple of weeks getting them ready for service on warm sunny days and today I thought would be a good day to show them off. Unfortunately, with me not having worn these sandals for well over a year, my feet are now covered in blisters...on the soles! Very painful, as I'm sure you can imagine. I don't know how I'm going to get to work tomorrow...

Which reminds me, I took some pictures on my way in to work today, before my feet started hurting.

I travel into Amsterdam by train, so this is Central Station at 8am on a weekday

At the station

Next weekend's going to be Queen's Day, so they're setting up the fair

I like that Amsterdam, for all it's big city aspirations, is still a quiet sort of place most mornings

a dreamy place, even

And every day, I pass this pretty frieze

Work continues to be busy, and enjoyable, so that's all good...but even so, all's not well in my world: one of my closest friends has just told me over the phone that the tests have come back positive, in the sense that he's HIV-positive. Having already lost my two best friends, the thought of possibly losing another good friend that I've known for donkey's years fills me with utter dread.


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Apr. 20th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the feet!

And sorry to hear the news about your friend but HIV is no longer a killer in the Western world anti retro virals are very effective and it's a case of living with HIV.
Apr. 20th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I know, but still...Sometimes I wish I could just wrap everyone I love up in cotton wool and keep them safe, but I can't.
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
If you have to have a long commute then that is a rather nice one, I think.

As for the friend who is HIV+ - what Deborah said.
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I sort of knew HIV no longer carries an automatic death sentence with it when you're lucky enough to live in the First World, but it's good to be reassured on that score by people who actually know what they're talking about, like yourself ;-)
Apr. 20th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Pretty pics, I really liked Amsterdam, though |I was a bit young (18) to really enjoy it properly.

Sorry about your friend.
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Amsterdam? I don't know if that's even possible!

For such a small country, we're very territorial, and fiercely and unreasonably proud of our own cities/towns/villages. Amsterdam may be a mere 56 kms from The Hague, but it might as well be on Mars for all the kinship I feel with it.
Apr. 21st, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I can't believe how quiet Amsterdam is on a weekday. Seriously, our Central station here is a nightmare of human traffic - barely navigable at times. You would never be able to take a photo with only one person in it.

I remember Amsterdam being a beautiful city, but a bit seedy in parts. We got accosted by lots of people to buy dope - some of them completely refused to believe we were just there to see the sights.

I'm sorry about your friend but as others have pointed out HIV is now considered a chronic disease in the West and you won't be facing his loss any time soon.

Blisters on the soles of your feet call for sneakers, I'm afraid.
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how quiet Amsterdam is on a weekday

It gets busier during the day and by the time I start heading for home, I have to push my way through crowds of shoppers, tourists and daytrippers. It's such a contrast: it takes me 15 minutes to walk to the office from the station...and about 40 to walk back!

Amsterdam is seedy in parts; in some places, quite unashamedly or even intentionally so. Part of its appeal to foreign visitors lies in its reputation of 'den of iniquity', after all.
Apr. 21st, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I hope your friend does well on the meds they'll give him.
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Me, too.
Apr. 21st, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures!

And I sympathize on the blisters. I always go through growing pains when I'm switching from winter to summer footwear.
Apr. 21st, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know why I always seem to forget that the first few days of summer tend to be murder on my feet! Or, that as soon as I'm comfortably wearing sandals, I'll switch to flipflops and get a whole new set of blisters between my toes.
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Love the pictures!
Today a lot of people live for a good long time with HIV. I'm sorry for your friend's bad news, but don't be too apprehensive until you know how he's doing.
Apr. 21st, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I know I was jumping the gun a little, and chances are he'll be around for a long time yet, but I just thought of Peronne, and Joost, and panicked.
Apr. 21st, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you for sharing the lovely pictures :)

You have a very beautiful walk to work!
Apr. 21st, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

I must say, I really enjoy my daily walk. My coleagues don't understand and keep urging me to take the tram so that I might reduce my commute by maybe 10 minutes, but I prefer to go by foot and see the city wake up.
Apr. 28th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
You have such a pretty trip to work!
May. 7th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Thank you. It's not too bad, esp. on days like this when the sun's out ;-)
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