Sunday, February 04, 2007

corner

corner

Although I have been visiting Amsterdam for about thirty years, I have only been living here (part time) for the last six months. Previously, I was familiar with a number of places, and I had a general idea about the layout of the city; but only since I have been riding around town on my bicycle do I really know how those places relate to one another. Streets look different if you know where they are going. And in going from here to there, I sometimes stumble upon places I have known in the past of which I never even wondered where they were.

16 comments:

pat said...

It makes me remember my own relation with a city I don't know...the first impressions, the first idea of space, understanting the way this particular mental map grows over time.

mono said...

I tumbble with places I have never been in my city the one that I been living for 26 years, but I guess that's fair when you live in the biggest city in latin america (México).
BTW, I just LOVE your pictures!

Regards
MoNo

Bill said...

I went throught the same experience 35 years ago. Moved from Terbregge to Amsterdam, where I lived for 5 years.
Keep up those running pictures. It's an awsome idea?

Erin said...

I went to Amsterdam for the first time earlier this fall to take a class at UvA. After getting off the train and walking into the city centre, I thought that it was such a huge and chaotic city. I've only been in Amsterdam a few times since but the layout of the streets make more sense now. I walk with more of a sense purpose and try to pretend that I'm not a tourist. I even try to take different routes from the train station to campus, as a way to regain that sense of awe that I had the first time I was in the city.

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Afrika said...

You take really beautiful pictures.

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