Reflections on Scheveningen

November 29, 2010

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Flij

August 3, 2010

Train WindowI feel like a fly,

seeing in multiple dimensions.

No view is clear,

not a single one the truth.

But none is a lie,

either.

Cause and Effect

July 21, 2010

Building as seen from the water in AmsterdamWater Reflected Under Bridge in Amsterdam

What you saw.

What it saw.

And what was really there.

Did you even look?

No?

Intense Smugness

July 9, 2010

Station Amsterdam Sloterdijk in Holland

Sunset was still hours away but we were forced to depart,

our skin the glow of hot embers in a Sunday barbeque.

Yet, filled with an intense smugness, it mattered not;

our job was done,

tick that one off the list.

Hup Holland Hup!

July 7, 2010

World Cup 2010 Semifinal Holland versus Uruguay in AmsterdamThe Oranje’s are in the final and nearly all of Amsterdam converged on Museumplein to watch Holland’s 3-2 win over Uruguay.

World Cup 2010 Holland versus Uruguay in Amsterdam at MuseumpleinBeing from a short country, I missed the first goal and so, our party moved to De Balie where we could watch unimpeded, like the true aficionados we are.  Curiously, “our” team was now in the final and “we” kicked three goals.  I suppose that is ok, considering our personal pecking order of teams.  Once one team gets knocked out, you select another.  Once the win was secured, the mobs descended on the streets, stopping cars and generally going mental.  If the World Cup has achieved anything this year, it will be the global proliferation of the vuvuzela. Numerous hangovers, or “katten”, will be crawling the streets, shops, and office buildings as we tend a careful boiling wait until this Sunday.

If Holland wins, it will be the mother of all parties.  Even bigger than Queen’s Day?

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Beach Club Tien

July 6, 2010

Beach Club Tien, Zandvoort, The Netherlands

Hot sand, hot pavers like burning hot coals,

“Drop in for a beer,” they said.

I poured it into my waiting mouth,

and waited for it to reach my toes.

Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam Prologue

Le Tour de France 2010 Rotterdam PrologueI wish I could say that the weather was spectacular, that the sun was out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Well, consider it to be the opposite in Rotterdam on the 2010 prologue stage of Le Tour de France 2010.  Nevertheless, a good time was had by all 450,000 spectators as we watched 198 of the world’s best cyclists race around the 9.8km track in a time trial on a slick and slippery surface.  But, it did little to slow the speeding cyclists as they dodged raindrops and long-barrel camera lenses on their way from Zuidplein in Rotterdam’s south, up over Erasmus Bridge, over and around Willemsbrug, and back down south to the finishing point at Zuiderparkweg.  Times ranged from 10′ flat to 16’20”, the best time belonging to Fabian Cancellara; so fast, in fact that I was unable to get a shot of his blurred sprinting machine as he rushed past my already poised camera.   But, I was able to snap Lance Armstrong, (on his last Tour and winner of all the tours between 1999 and 2005), and Alberto Contador (who won in 2007 and 2009), and so I was happy with that.

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Compact Bike at Zandvoort Beach, HollandUnencumbered, we moved about the train,

and now, we have our feet.

Look what unlimited resources can get you!

T’is a pity,

for sure.

The Beach

July 1, 2010

Beach at Zandvoort, The Netherlands 2010Sand ad infinitum.

Zandvoort aan Zee

June 30, 2010

Bikes and Sign on the beach at Zandvoort aan Zee in The NetherlandsA beautiful assault;

ocular surfaces bathed into blindness.

The searing sun etches another freckle,

wandering in search of relief.

Our steaming ship had brought us here,

at last.