Saturday, 28 June 2008

oba public library

One of the things that happened to me after the diabetes diagnosis was that I had to take my medication at a set time. This means popping a pill every morning at 08:00. I was used to sleeping in on the weekends but that is history now. Last year, before I was diagnosed, I would go to bed around 02:00 and wake up (with the use of multiple alarm clocks) around 08:00; a six hour sleep. Now I usually am tired enough to go to bed around midnight, and I wake up spontanously at 06:00; again six hours sleep. But now I can turn onto my other side and snore on for another hour and a half. I sleep in every day…

When I got up this morning I discovered the only food item in the house was a muesli bar. I just had to do some shopping. I looked out of the window and saw that the weather wasn't looking too good, so I had the muesli bar and some coffee and waited for the weather to improve.

the outlook this morning from the fourth floor

I went downstairs to the AH to get milk for the muesli I had bought at Dekamarkt earlier in the week. AH must have restarted the Polish nuclear reactor, because they now had loads of €0.99/kilo bags of muesli. Of course they would stock it when I don't need it. Here's an item they don't stock, but which they should get on their shelves (Tip for AH: just order it from the North-Korean nuclear reactor complex):

nestlé's nuclear chocolate

I got the milk and some salad and went off in search of bread at my favourite Turkish bakery around the corner. They were closed for holidays. I got some bread at the Ekodis supermarket instead. Their bread is a lot nicer than the chewing gum that AH tries to flog as bread, but the multi-grain from the Turkish bakery beats even the ecological bread. I'll have to wait only another six weeks for the baker to come back from Turkey. Maybe I should try living exclusively on AH muesli during that period. It would probably loose me 30 kilos.

I stayed home all day, until after dinner the weather picked up and I went for a walk. I took the #22 bus to Wittenburgergracht and walked towards the Maritime Museum.

the museum steam wharf

Next to the NEMO Science museum is the museum harbour. This is where all sorts of historical ships are moored. One of them is a so called stevenaak and was owned years ago by my work-roommate Fred. He still remembers every rivet with great fondness.

the stevenaak 'maria'

I walked into the new Public Library, the second largest in the world. Only Madrid's public library is larger. How do I know this? Marion told me. She works there and I paid her a surprise visit. She took me on a tour of the building and told me all the little details like a good tourguide should. One of the architectural niceties of the building is its double skin. In the photo you can see the distance between outer- and inner walls.

double walls

Marion then took me to the 7th floor for a drink and a view from the terrace. You have a really nice view from so high. In the photo you can see the NEMO science museum (the green ship-shaped building) with the 17th century three-master 'Amsterdam' moored in front of it.

nice view; Amsterdam looks nice too…

Last week Marion had bought an aquarium and she told me all about it. She's going to breed guppies, and her colleague Remco is giving her a few more. He's got about 200, so he can miss a few.

my guppies are so big!

After the drinks we went to the basement floor where the children's library is located. They've made cozy corners out of the book shelves where kids can relax with a book.

relaxed reading or asleep?

I left Marion around 21:00 and walked to Central Station where I took the #9 tram to Tropenmuseum.

st. nicolaas church opposite central station

From there I walked home through Oosterpark. I was home about 15 minutes when Danny called and asked if I wanted to come to Mulligans. She had just returned books to the library and had heard from Marion that I'd been there. I didn't feel like going back into town and I still had to update the blog. That's why you can read it now.


Vincent said...

That library does look very nice indeed. Couldn't they make it a little bit bigger so that it would become THE biggest library in the world?

Marion said...
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Marion said...

Vince it was supposed to be, but the library is build within budget and time limits. A miricle accordig to Amsterdam-standards. They could stay within the budget by making more open spaces and getting rid of some floorspace. So now the library is only 28.000 square meters and Madrid is 30.000 :D

Nicole said...

Great photos from the library and harbour area. What a super view from the café. I can imagine that it must be very crowded up there with such a great view.