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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.


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.