dinsdag 7 september 2010
how things are now- in English!
We live in Amsterdam Noord now, and that means that when we go into town we have to take the ferry from the rear exit of the Central (train) Station over the river IJ. The ferry is very regular, every 11 minutes at most, takes only 3 minutes to cross the river, and is free. It is always filled with lots of cyclists (yay for flat countries!) and mopeds, sometimes even these little cars that used to be only for disabled people but now apparently also service the lazy in general, and it really makes me feel like every day is a holiday. Amsterdam Noord is still quite calm and quiet compared to the rest of the city and there is a really nice neighbourhood feel, not unlike Lancaster. The people on our little square (actually it's more like a triangle) all greet us on the street and there's a monthly neighbourhood market where people can sell their artistic or culinary products. Last Saturday children could have their faces painted and decorate kites and participate in a kite festival (unfortunately the only day there was no wind - at all!).