This morning it was raining so I stayed indoors. In the afternoon it had inproved a lot so at 13:00 I started walking into town. I wanted to buy some books at the ABC bookstore on Spui since I hadn't been there in about a month. I walked from Beukenplein past the OLVG hospital into Tweede Boerhaavestraat. This is where Juf Jo lives. She has a view of the old primary school from her living room.
Earlier in the week Danny had sent me a link to a Flickr set with PhotoShopped bitmap art, showing what the world would look like if IT was everywhere. IT is everywhere in real life! Just look at the space invaders on Weesperplein. I've seen more space invaders like this in Amsterdam and I'll be making photos of them too.
I walked along Wibautstraat to near Waterlooplein, where in Nieuwe Amstelstraat I saw the cartoon character Heinz in a window display, both in 'real life' and in a picture frame… It reminded me of the Droste effect.
Crossing Blauwbrug into Amstelstraat I saw that the folks at Stivale d'Oro are away on holidays. The restaurant is being rebuilt/renovated/ruined. When they open again I'll visit to see what's been happening.
Kalverstraat was busy as usual. When I'm walking and I'm up to a comfortable speed, streets like Kalverstraat are a disaster; you have to stop/start every few seconds. I much prefer to keep walking at a steady pace.
I turned left into Heiligeweg to see if the English Hatter was still there. They were. This is one of the last "gentleman's outfitters" in Amsterdam. Here you can buy hats, ties and non-fashionable brand name clothes. I used to buy my flat caps here years ago. Now I wear baseball caps that they give away at high-energy experiments.
I turned right on to Spui and got three books at the ABC. I had hit the 'just over 3 km' mark and it was time for my feet to start to hurt. I walked to Mulligans via the old Binnen Gasthuis route so I could sit down for a few minutes, use the toilet and drink a coke. Gareth was working and explained to a Dutch couple sitting at the bar that when he talks English to his Dutch girlfriend's Scottish aunt nobody understands anybody anymore. His explanation was crystal clear, probably because he spoke Dutch.
After the Mulligans pit stop I walked along the Amstel to Blauwbrug. Looking north you could see the rain clouds and dark sky.
Looking south the weather was perfectly nice. Fluffy clouds and lots of blue sky. The Blauwbrug must have been on the border between the two weather systems.
I walked to and through Artis, where the lions were just having lunch.
At the giraffe enclosure I saw one the giraffes lying down. I didn't know they did that. I thought they'd even sleep standing up. The little fellow was following the big one like he was stuck to her.
I walked home though Oosterpark. As I said earlier, my feet started to hurt at the 3 km mark. This is pretty consistent. In one way it is nice to have a built-in distance meter, on the other hand I wished it didn't hurt. I slogged out the rest of trip which in total was about 7.5 km.