Another nice day for walking. I set off again along the Ringvaart and paused for a minute on the corner of Middenweg and Linnaeuskade, looking back at the Rechthuis (1777) which is now an AMRO-bank branch office, but used to be the adminstrative centre of the Watergraafsmeer in years past. It also housed a pub... A building at human scale with a nice look to it.
Nowadays they can't seem to build on a human scale anymore, so they try to hide hideous buildings behind old façades. This monstrosity will be the new administrative centre (stadsdeelkantoor) of the Watergraafsmeer and Amsterdam East.
This coot was building its houseboat on a fitting scale. Just big enough for Mom and child. The police tape seems to say "trespassers will be prosecuted" which is fitting since coots are very territorial when nesting.
drijfsijs (eurasian coot, fulica atra)
The bicycle path near work. The only route to work from here unless you want to get run over by trucks or busses due to the lack of a foot path. I walked on the left-hand side of the cycle path, into the oncoming traffic. Cyclists made helpfull remarks such as "This is a cycle path, idiot!" I know it is a cycle path, you idiot. If there had been a footpath I could have shouted at you for cycling on the footpath.
I walked back from work along the same route, stopping at the Run-inn shoe shop where I bought my new shoes last tuesday. I wanted a second pair so I can rest one pair every day. They didn't have another pair in my size and wouldn't get any either, since it is from last year's collection. I tried some other brands, but none were really comfortable. I'll have to come back in six weeks or so when the new collection comes in.
On the corner of Linnaeusstraat and Transvaalstraat I met Djordje, his sister and his brother-in-law. They were decorating the pub on the corner which has been bought by Djordje's parents. Tomorrow is the official opening and I'm going there after work for a cola.
Standing on that corner I could see the Natraj Indian restaurant. I hadn't been there in years so I decided Indian food was what I needed.
I started with my favourite starter, Sheek Kabab, which was very tasty. The main course was a Chicken Madras and Naan. The Madras was actually very spicy; even on the edge of what I consider 'hot'. The waitress told me that you need an explosives license for the Vindaloo. At least they don't downgrade the spiciness to fit a European palate.
Coffee for desert and then to home.