i went on a little self-guided walk that i found HERE of the almshouses or hofjes in the jordaan the other day. these houses with courtyard gardens were built for widows, single women, and the elderly beginning in the 17th century. lovely restful spaces. like secret gardens, they are well-hidden behind canal house facades. and the really cool thing is you can visit them! by yourself. without an organized tour. oh they have tours, but how much more peaceful is it to wander by yourself at your own pace and not have to listen to any excessive yackity yack?
the jordaan is my favorite part of amsterdam so far. the canals are quieter the bridges steeper. there are sunflowers and grape vines, flowers and vines sprouting from every bit of earth that can be planted. heart breaking loveliness everywhere. oh and also...there are cats. lots of cats.
after my garden walk i stopped in this pub for a luscious plate of hutspot. oy! mashed potatoes, onion, carrots, with some sort of sausage meatball and gravy. what's not to like? and all the better washed down with a glass of beer! this bustling cafe was playing lively polka rock fusion music. a v. fun place to rest my tired dogs and quench my thirst.
naturally i've gotten terribly behind in my reporting duties. i am dying to tell you about the boat i masterfully commanded down the canals of edam today. about the coffeeshop we visited in de pijp where a nice young man schooled us on the difference between ultra haze, trainwreck, and chocolope dope. then hooked us up to a vaporizer and took us for a ride. of course if i tell you about THAT i'd have to also tell you about the tram ride home and getting lost. and laughing. lots of laughing. oh dear.
then there's this paper i haven't mentioned.
and this paper.
eventually i'll get to all that.
good night from amsterdam!