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Autumn in Amsterdam

Today, while taking Churchill for one of his daily walks, I really noticed how much autumn has hit Amsterdam. The leaves are all changing colors and falling off the trees, giving Amsterdam an extra splash of color. I think Amsterdam is already a beautiful city, but the leaves just amplify things. I had to run some errands over lunch, taking me into the Jordaan district, which is one of the prettiest in the city. I took a few photos in Instagram, and here they are.

Bikes, benches, and leaves along the Amstel River in the Weesperzijde neighborhood.

Vines can have colors too.

A boat is sinking while leaves are falling.

A canal flows quietly in the middle of the busy city.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Life in the Dam, Photo Posts

 

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Photos: An Evening in Amsterdam

When I lived in the US, I, like most Americans, took good weather for granted. Occasionally I’d go to the park with my dog, and I was in a few sporting leagues (softball and sand volleyball), but that’s about the limit of my time spent outdoors. Even when I’d grill in my backyard, I’d take the food inside to eat. Part of that was because of the heat, humidity, and mosquitos, but part of it was because I always figured I could enjoy the weather “some other time.”

Living in Amsterdam has taught me that that is not always true. The next “nice” day may not be for a few weeks, and may not fall on a weekend, so you have to enjoy them when you can. We’ve actually had some pretty nice weather here over the last few weeks. Sunny, warm, just a light breeze. I even saw some people swimming and sunbathing on the Amstel river a week ago. Amsterdammers know, when the weather is even somewhat nice, you go outside and enjoy it.

Our apartment has a nice terrace deck on the back, and we finally got around to ordering furniture for it, as well as some cushions for the wooden bench that is already out there. Delivery was scheduled for yesterday, so we waited anxiously, since it was actually a nice day (if a bit on the cool side). The delivery time kept getting pushed back farther and farther into the afternoon, until it finally arrived at 16:15. The delivery man got lost, and then once he found us, he informed us that he “doesn’t go upstairs”, so he left all the furniture on the sidewalk outside. We carried it in, and began assembling it.

Once we were done, it was still warm enough that we sat outside and enjoyed the weather. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Churchill and I wait for the furniture to be delivered

The new furniture (complete with large umbrella, for when the weather isn’t quite so dry, plus one of Churchill’s beds and his favorite toy.)

Furniture assembled, time for a beer in the sun!

What do you do when it’s nice outside on a weekend evening? Grill!

After the sun set and the weather turned cold, we moved inside for some Dutch Appeltaart (apple pie), and chocolate chip ice cream.

Finally, Torii the cat demands play-time.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Life in the Dam, Photo Posts

 

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