Monday, May 30, 2011

Go play on the canal.

Riding our new granny bikes around town yesterday we came across the most interesting location for a playground ever - across three moored barges. I love the Dutch approach to making the most out of every square foot of land, or pseudo-land as the case may be.

Probably hard to see in this photo, but the best part is the cage to climb between the middle and far-right barge. Super fun for the kids.

But of course...

This being Amsterdam, I should have known that any excellent thing for pedestrians would have an equivalent for cyclists. 

But the guy on the bike seems to be so much more cavalier with his button pushing than the guy on foot. Clearly a Dutch hierarchy.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Focus on crossing

Crosswalks in Amsterdam are a bit chaotic, what with the extra lanes for bikes going every which way.
 One thing I do appreciate is the signs that they put up to indicate that one should push a button if one wants to cross the street. I love how focussed the guy in the sign is on pushing the button just so. And he's got that classic looks that feels so 1950s Euro.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A big move / A new country

Hello all.

It's been a long time since I posted here. Life has been crazy. It has included the end of TBWA\Vancouver, meeting with potential new employers, getting an awesome new job managing Blast Radius Amsterdam, taking a few weeks off including a trip to Nicaragua, and most recently moving to Amsterdam.

We arrived here on Saturday. The trip was relatively painless. Air Transat isn't good, but it certainly isn't bad either. We spent a couple of nights in the Hotel Vondel, which is great if you don't get their standard tiny room. (We upgraded after a night.) And then yesterday we moved into our temporary home in De Pijp. Photo of the street below.

I also started my new job in Amsterdam yesterday, after a week of training in Vancouver. All went well, but there's much to be done.

I hope to post updates here for friends, family and the curious over the coming months. Today we're off to the Hague to register with the consulate and take care of immigration issues. It's a short train ride away, but it should be interesting.