July 12, 2010

Orange ManViolet Beauregarde’s brother, Oranje.

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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Dream Sequence

June 15, 2010

Satellite Bar, Leidseplein, AmsterdamHis local trouble behind him, Sam entered the bar.  Filled with smoky women and tattooed air, his senses told him something had changed.  He was a man again.  Arms, legs, eyes, ears; they had all returned to him and were now being punished from the assault of the vuvuzelas as they erupted from the flatscreens.  It was Germany versus Australia, and it was sure to be a good fight. Read the rest of this entry »