Yesterday a storm was blowing over Holland; I didn't go on the street any longer than necessary to get to work and back. No photos; the camera would have blown out of my hands…
This morning I woke up to the sound of snow falling from the sky.
The snow didn't stay very long; later in the day the sun broke through and after lunch I walked to the Metro station on Wibautstraat and took a train to the Bijlmermeer. I wanted to go and buy a fleece jacket since the one I have (an old Mulligans one) is slowly falling to pieces. Once I got to Bijlmer Station, I didn't go towards the Arena but went to the "Amsterdamse Poort" shopping mall instead.
The last time I was here was over 20 years ago when I bought my curtains here. I had just moved into my new house. All the shops have changed since then, but the ING bank building was still there. This is a 'green' building; the air circulation in the building makes a micro climate which means you don't need airco or heating (or very little of it).
Walking through the mall I saw Saint Nicholas and his helpers, the black Peters, talking to the children on the street.
Better to work for St. Nicholas than going into fraud. The infamous advanced fee fraud, also known as the Nigerian 419 scam is perpetrated in a large part by Nigerians from the Bijlmermeer, according to police briefings. I wonder if this shop is the 419 HQ?
I bought a fleece jacket for €7.99 at the Zeeman shop. There's a Zeeman around the corner from me so I could have shopped closer to home. I took the Metro back to the Wibautstraat.
In Wibautstraat I bought my whole wheat bread at Hartog's and did some more food shopping in Oosterparkstraat. For dinner I had a shrimp and hot chilli salad.