The weather wasn't very good this morning; overcast and a threat of rain. I walked down Retiefstraat, and turned right at Steve Bikoplein towards the Ringvaart.
In Laings Nekstraat somebody didn't like someone else's mother.
When you look across the Ringvaart you can clearly see the difference in level between Amsterdam proper and the Watergraafsmeer (minus 4 m).
On Kruislaan 300 there's a nice little farmhouse, St. Anna's Hoeve. It is now being remodelled as a visitor centre for the new Beta Sciences Faculty of the University of Amsterdam
The Beta Science building is right next to the farm, and across from where I work.
Nicole seems to like science porn, so here goes...
All the walking I've done over the last week has taken its toll on my left ankle and foot. It hurts like mad. A few people (and a medical doctor) said to me "why don't you take the bicycle? It gives less stress on the foot and ankle."
So I borrowed one of the two Nikhef bicycles to take home today, just to see what the effect would be.
I made it to the corner of Kruislaan and Middenweg. 1500 meters... My heart was pounding in my chest, my balls ached from the crummy saddle and the calves of my legs were burning. The bike had ripped off one of the straps of my Crocs and I'd cut my finger on a sharp piece of metal somewhere. I gave up and parked the bike at the bus stop, sat down for about 15 minutes, got my breath back and then walked home. I'll pick the bike up tomorrow morning, but I might walk it in...
Indeed, less stress on foot and ankle, but lots more stress on the rest of my anatomy!
The yellow Nikhef bike. This is the girly bike since the saddle on the men's bike was too high for me. The bell doesn't work either.
At the other side of the Ringvaart there are a few nice looking restaurants which I might try one of these days.
Crossing the bridge coming out of the Watergraafsmeer I noticed the weird colours and tried to make a photo of it. I think I succeeded.
Next to the Hema on Linnaeusstraat there's an Indonesian take away toko. I bought portions of Gado-gado, Babi Ketjap, tempeh and mihoen noodles. Enough for two days.
Around 22:00 I went for a little whiskey at Maxwell's.