Monday, 21 July 2008

better late than never

Anna emailed me today saying "A day's blog ready at 14:21? What if something exiting happens later in the day?" Good question. You make another blog entry, Anna. So here's yesterday's addition.

Since it was raining so much, I didn't feel like going out. Danny persuaded me by commanding me to come over for dinner. She was cleaning out one of her rooms to fit a weaving loom and Marion was helping her. I just had to show up in time for dinner.

I took the #37 bus since it goes almost all the way to where Danny lives in the north. The bus goes over the bridges at Zeeburg where you get a good view of the IJsselmeer.

buiten ij looking towards pampus

I changed busses on the Buikslotermeerplein, which is another example of Stalinist architecture which I won't bore you with. Danny's neighbourhood, on the other hand, is built in the 1920s and —in spite of (or maybe because of) the small houses— looks nice. It's built on a more human scale.

danny's street

Dinner was great as usual. Danny's a good cook and she made us a vegetarian courgette (zucchini) bread. Eggs, shredded courgettes, feta cheese and garlic mixed together in a cake tin and stuck in the oven for half an hour to forty minutes. Serve with a spicy tomato sauce. Yum. Ask her for the exact recipe.

After dinner the three of us went to Mulligans for the session. We met Marta who reads this blog (Hi Marta!) and Ali, who doesn't. Ali was looking great. She's back to wearing outrageous jewellery and clothes. She's one of the few persons who can get away with some of the combinations she wears.

ali in mulligans

Danny and I registered and stickered two boxes full of books for the Mulligans Bookcrossing Zone. I still had to register all the books in the Bookcrossing database, so I left around 21:30. I walked home through Utrechtsestraat where the setting sun was shining on the Nederlandse Bank building.

you can see where they keep the gold

The setting sun on the Amstel made for a pretty sky.

sunset on the amstel

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