This morning when I weighed myself the scale said 117.0 kg. To celebrate the loss of another kilo I walked all the way to work. Via the shortest route, but still all the way. No busses or trams were hurt while walking for this blog…
The shortest route is walking along the ringvaart, the canal that surrounds the Watergraafsmeer polder. To get alongside the canal you first have to descend to the polder level and then climb back onto the dike.
After crossing the Linnaeusstraat/Middenweg I followed the canal on Linnaeuskade. On the other side of the canal, behind the HEMA department store they're renovating some old factory buildings and building the new Stadsdeelkantoor (local council office).
Across from the old Polderweg Animal Asylum is a sleeping spot for homeless swans, geese and ducks.
At the corner of Molukkenstraat and Ringdijk there is now a new road, the Caroline MacGillavrylaan. The built-up area is where the old buildings of Nikhef-K used to be. They were demolished a few years ago.
They still haven't finished the road a year after it opened. The footpath stops after about 50 meters and from there on you either walk on the road (with truckloads of port-a-potties zooming past you) or on the bus lane in the middle (where busdrivers honk at you).
Behind the Nikhef building the new laboratory and office space of our sister institute AMOLF is taking shape.
Having seen Vincent's two-screen computer set-up at work I decided that was a good idea for me too. I had a small DELL screen floating around, so I stuck that in the Mac.
Going home I decided to take the tram from the Middenweg/Kruislaan. A special-paint-job tram was going in the Diemen direction. It is called the Red Crosser and I suppose it is an ad for the Red Cross. Either that, or it is the first rail-bound ambulance I've seen.
I got off of the tram at the North-east corner of Oosterpark and walked through the park to Beukenplein.
I met Collins at the Maxwell terrace for bitterballen and dinner. SG had just come back from his business trip to the US and told me about his future plans and family genealogy research. Wednesday he's leaving for Poland to attend the wedding of Anna P's sister.
At 20:00 SG was getting sleepy with jet-lag and went home. So did I.