Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tilting over

Amsterdam is built on march land which is clearly visble in this photo with the houses on both sides of the little ally literally sinking into the ground, tilting over like the tower of Pisa in Italy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Aaron is the boss` dog, the petting zoo dog, the dog of the animal farm for children here in Amsterdam West where I do my vcolunteer job.
When I arrive early afternoon for a coffee and a chat with Kyung, I find poor Aaron outside and locked up while the rain comes down in droves, not that Kyung has much of a say in thew matter or a choise for that case.
Aaron might be a nice dog but he hates children being a petting zoo dog or not.
He does look very sad in this photo though, probably due to the rain, almost makes you wonder how long he`ll be in for.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Metal Moon

In de nacht, terwijl de maan metalig
Brandend aan de schuine daken likt,

Krijg ik uit een venster dat toevallig
Openstaat een klap, een zoete schrik

Van muziek, ik voel mijn ziel omgeven
Door de koude van een groot geluk;

Ik wil vliegen, iemand heeft de nevel
Voor de maan veblindend weggerukt;

Handen uit de zakken nu, naar boven,
En gespreid, ik sidder en ik vlieg,

Maar dan hoor ik geluiden doven
En een hand klopt zachtjes op mijn rug:

`Vliegen is verboden`, zegt vol ijver
Een passant, `was dat U soms ontgaan?`

Met mijn kroon van maanstof op, verstijvend,
kijk ik naar het stilgevallen raam.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Two of the many dolls I bought for lovely Charlotte, my daughter.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


We are both called Hans and we both have been selling our craft at the world famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for well over 20 years. He his paintings and me my Mandala games. This bloke loves to pose and had his photo taken by literally thousands upon thousands of foreign tourists. As a real Amsterdam street person he definetly deserves a place in this gallery called "My Amsterdam".

Friday, July 4, 2008


At the end of my street here in Amsterdam is the river called `T IJ. many house boats over there and very picturesque.
Here is a part I paticularly like, a boardwalk with house boats moored on both sides.