Friday 17 September 2010

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Golden...

Unedited shot of a biker in front of the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

In the last 10 years Amsterdam has been turned into a giant construction site, we're getting a new Metro-line that nobody needs (a tram line already exists above-ground that services the exact same route in a very satisfactory manner), all the streets are re-paved with stones in the same colors as the sidewalks, unnecessarily confusing the (already disoriented) tourists, causing them to constantly linger in the middle of the road, becoming easy victims of the vicious traffic. We are renovating the Royal Palace on the Dam square, Central Station, the Rijksmuseum, the Red-Light District and any other landmark and important part of the best city in the world that you can name, all at the same time, at astronomic costs, and for no obvious reason besides the fact that our former mayor Job Cohen (who never liked Amsterdam) and his 2 henchmen Lodewijk Asscher (the head behind the 'clean up' of the city-center) and Els Iping did not like that Amsterdam is what it is, a rotten, unhealthy, charming, lovable, wicked place of sin and fun, and tried with all their might (and our money), to transform it into a child-safe, boring, clean, Christian village that is identical to any other place in the Netherlands...luckily this is still a Democracy, sort of, and except for Lodewijk, they're all gone now and we can slowly try to revert Adam back to the sleazy, cool Sin City it used to be, yay :D

Oh yeah, I just remembered why I started this rant, I wanted to say that during all the renovation works, a lot of streets were redone in a way that there were no puddles anymore, that's why you haven't seen any shots of the Amstel Hotel from this angle in a while, but now, due to the shoddy work of our streetmakers, there are plenty of humps, bumps and holes in the pavement again and puddles are born every day, making me a happy man, fully appreciative of the creative use of my tax money, that I gladly pay if the outcome is more puddles in new spots, hahaha :))

Thank God it's Friday!!!

I've made a wicked reflection movie of this puddle too, check it out on my YouTube page!


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