The morning walk
I had no more bread in the house, so I went to Hartog's to buy some. I walked past the Ecodis supermarket where they had very bright orange pumpkins on display.
After buying the bread (whole wheat with sunflower seeds) I walked back along the Amstel where I spied this cat sitting on a boat.
I walked past the fire brigade office on the corner of Graaf Florisstraat and noticed that fire trucks are getting smaller and smaller. Where will miniaturization end, I wonder.
Near Café Hesp there's a boat loaded with washing machines. When the owner is at home he plays Dutch 'smartlappen' at a deafening volume. I'm glad I'm not his neighbour. From here I walked back home and had lunch.
The afternoon walk
After lunch I decided that since it was my birthday, I could give myself a present. I wanted to buy a Lowepro SlingShot camera bag. The shop where I wanted to buy the bag is on Javastraat so I started to walk that way. Obviously, since I didn't bring an umbrella it started to rain about 100 meters from my front door. I sheltered in a doorway and walked on after the rain had stopped. I took the short cut behind the local Council office. In the garden behind the building an apartment block was very white against the still dark sky.
The fire brigade in Domselaerstraat has a bigger truck and they were practising lifting a stretcher with the ladder.
I walked onto the Dapper market and turned right into Reinwardstraat where I saw Tintin's moon rocket parked on the street.
On Pontanusstraat mr Singh had parked a painted truck.
Arriving on Javastraat I saw a Deutsche Post bike with trainer wheels. I think it is irresponsible to let a novice cyclist drive this bike all the way from Germany.
When I was last in the photo shop the bag was in the window for €85. I couldn't buy it then since the whole window was boxed in with newly arrived merchandise so I told them I'd be back later in the week. When I got there today the bag was out of the window and when I said I wanted to buy it they told me the price was €129.95. I told them I would buy it for €85 or not at all. They told me the €85 price was a special promotion in the month of May. I told them it was in their window last week for that price and I told them I said I'd be back to buy it. Grudgingly they sold it to me for €85.
I walked back via Borneostraat . . .
. . . past the IJ brewery . . .
. . . and onto Zeeburgerstraat, where all the buildings are new. Every apartment block is in a different shape and form. Very nice, since it doesn't look uniform at all.
Speaking of uniform; the grounds were these apartments are built used to be Army barracks. This is where I got the physical examination for my National Service. It looks much better now.
I walked home through the Oosterpark. Tonight I'm going to Mulligans for a quiet drink with a select group of friends.