Pictures from Ian and Kat's Digital Camera: Ian Goes To Queensday V: Amsterdam, 24 April - 5 May, 2003
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As has become a habit, I went to Amsterdam for Queensday for the fifth year in a row. Kat also came, for her first visit. We had about a dozen assorted North Americans in our little group this year.

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On our way to Amsterdam, Kat and I used our Northwest Elite powers to get into KLM's lounge (actually Air France's lounge, which they share) at the Montreal airport. They had Internet terminals there, but the keyboards were really hard to use. Check this out. The AZERTY layout is weird enough, but common characters like "." and numbers require you press Shift. Characters like square brackets require you use the "AltGr" key (not the Alt key). Pretty challenging sometimes.

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A kosher restaurant near the Jewish Historical Museum, where we went on Saturday.

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The flea market in Waterlooplein.

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Kat, Nikita, and Lenore, in the rain on Saturday.

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Random junk at the flea market.

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Europeans do love their cell phones. I was borrowing the flip-top one. Its ring tone was a recorded version of an old-style telephone ringing. Like with an actual bell. I thought that was cool.

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At dinner Saturday night. Yella, Kat, Ian, Nikita.

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And on the other side of the table, Lenore, Locke, and Paul. Aldert is taking the picture.

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Aldert, who had just come from a balloon-sculpture class, demonstrated what he learned.

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Tada!

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Paul wields the next proto-sculpture.

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Kat gets a balloon tulip.

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Phonehenge.

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It's only Sunday (3 days before Queensday), but Dam square is already filled up with stuff and people.

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This is a pretty cool ride. You sit in the ball, which is attached to the bungees. Let go. :-) There's also a video camera in the ball pointed at your face, which others can watch on monitors at the bottom.

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The other side of Dam square.

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Ian (compensating for diplopia) and Kat, at the Carousel pancake house on Sunday.

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Ian's pancake. Yum!

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Gone. :-)

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The Rijksmuseum. Locke, Kat, and I went on Sunday, and were among the last people to visit until about 2006. The day after we went, they found asbestos while doing some renovations, and closed the entire museum until the renovations are completed.

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Kat tries to figure out where in the Rijksmuseum to go next.

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After the Rijksmuseum, we met up with Len and Bram, and did a bit of Geocaching. Here's Locke, Kat, and Len, while Kat examines the cache.

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Here's where we found the cache: in this car-garden parked (somewhat permanently) on the street.

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There's a pond in the car.

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Len and Kat in Vondelpark.

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Sunday evening, we want to Raymond's house for dinner and a watching of Avalon. I must confess that that movie eluded me. Here's a picture of Poes, though, keeping his distance from the gathered folk.

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They've also got a couple of rats. Kat holds one. (We think this one was Bob.)

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Lenore tries to hold one, too.

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Crazy tourists. :-p

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Monday, we met up with Shar and Steve, who had taken a side trip to Belgium.

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Lenore (her last name is "Snell") at her photo shop.

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Two of Accordian Guy's bretheren.

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Hanging out by the Singel before Kat and I had dinner at Casa di David.

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Funnily-coloured ducks in the canal.

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Tuesday afternoon. On our way to a pre-Queensday BBQ at Marcel's, a bunch of us do a bit more Geocaching.

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Locke finds it!

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Molly and Locke examine the find.

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This one's for Kat's friend Tamara.

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It's Queensday! It's Queensday! [Tralalalalalalalala!].

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Queen Kat.

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A bunch of us gathered at a bar on Queensday.

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Bram, Steve, Locke, Shar (and a bit of Paul).

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Moona, Steve, Shar, Paul.

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A poster from Café van Leeuwen. [Kat's stepfamily is named "van Leeuwen".]

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Christian, Molly, Aldert, Locke.

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How do people go about using the Internet when their nails are being done?

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Houseboats on the canals.

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Kat, Steve, Mark-Jan, Paul, Lenore, Nikita, Shar, Bram at dinner after Queensday.

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Ian, and a lot of bicycles, the day after Queensday.

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Those accordian guys again.

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I'd never seen just a third of a ferris wheel before.

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Llamas!

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By the time we were done with dinner, the entirety of the wheel was gone.

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A sheet of clouds hangs over Amsterdam.

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Locke was looking for a picture of this; I'm not sure why.

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The Rijksmuseum, now closed for a few years.

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Sunday afternoon in Museumplein. Gorgeous day.

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Sunday night at Supperclub.

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Sonia gets a massage at Supperclub.

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Passing food to the upper levels at Supperclub.

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