Monday, June 13, 2011

The Way to Work

I love my ride to work in the morning.

First, just riding to work seems terribly civilized. You arrive refreshed and more relaxed than normal. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I arrived here in June, not in the middle of winter.

One of the first things I pass is a mineral / fossil shop. It's been closed for most of the time that I've been here, so I haven't been in. And I can't imagine that they do a lot of business, being a rather niche category. But it's a wonderfully interesting shop window full of odd bits. I often think of my nephew Cameron and his passion for rocks and geology when I'm passing here.

Right after the fossil shop I cross over a canal. The water is so calm and peaceful. And on the way home there are often people out for evening boat rides with their friends, having little picnics as they go along.

A bit further along I pass the Rijksmuseum. I haven't been in here yet. I'm waiting for visitors, so I can visit with them for the first time. But I hear that it's pretty amazing.

In front of the Rijksmuseum is the apparently iconic I amsterdam sign. All day, every day, there are people posing on the sign. I don't know the history of it, but it's at the end of a long pond in a park. A nice piece to ride through on the way to work.

The bike lanes are so civilized. They're well marked, with their own traffic signs. Bikes seem to have the right of way over vehicles and pedestrians here. I've been told that on your bike you're in the right, even if you're in the wrong.

 I cross another bridge just before work. Lots of tourist boats going out for the day. This bridge is a little higher, requiring a bit of a push at the end. (OK, a very small push. But with no gears it requires a small pedal.)

And then, I'm at work. The office is located at Max Euweplein, beside the Hard Rock Cafe and the Amsterdam Casino - So pretty touristy. There's a big outdoor chess board. In this photo there's no one playing, but during the day you get pretty big crowds. Or, at least, pretty big crowds for people watching an outdoor chess match.

All that takes between 5 and 10 minutes. Quick and easy. And, on a sunny day, it's a great way to get to the office. I'll let you all know more about the commute when winter comes and we've moved a bit further away.


Heinz said...

Hi Stefan,
We just looked at your pictures, a tour to your workplace, very need. Your pictures are very clear and sharp I must say and we enjoyed them very much. Please carry on so that one can get an sense of Europe.
Heinz & Elizabeth

Jan R Bos said...

Hey Stefan, It's so cool to see what you get up to. Can't wait to see inside that shop. Keep the pics and storytelling coming.
Miss you guys,

Christy said...

Hi Uncle Stefan,

We liked hearing about your ride to work. Please check out the fossil shop for us.

Cameron and Brynn

Stefan said...

The fossil shop is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 to 5:00. Not the most customer friendly times. But I guess when you run a fossil shop you don't worry too much about things like that.