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  •  Big mistake (2+ / 0-)
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    Steveningen, Turkana

    Queen's Day is wonderful...a very friendly loopy crowd. It is like missing the 4th of July except that Queen's day is a bigger celebration.

    I walked all day. Every body is out and walking (and drinking). You come upon the most unexpected things like the guy on a boat who was singing opera..he was surprisingly good.

    Everyone is having a rummage sale. It is a big deal as the Netherlanders are notoriously thrifty.

    Some beer company was giving away inflated orange crowns. I wore one all day. I still have it packed away.

    Of course Queen's day isn't just in Amsterdam...it is all over the country. It is also a holliday in the Dutch possessions..

    •  Um, we got out... (5+ / 0-)

      ... 'cause we'd experienced it ;-) We lived there.

      I hate crowds, and I really hate that much noise. We lived on one of the canals, and Queen's Day was awful.

      My husband is a native Amsterdammer. He knows his stuff.

      Glenn Beck seems the very essence of a one-clown pie fight. His brain wears gigantic puffy shoes and comes with a bicycle horn. -- Hunter

      by Page van der Linden on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 09:17:12 PM PDT

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      •  I lived in the Castro (3+ / 0-)
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        subtropolis, Turkana, Jane Lew

        for a couple of years in San Francisco.  I got the hell out of there at Halloween.  

        respice adspice prospice

        by Steven Payne on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 09:25:38 PM PDT

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      •  I am a people person and I like to be with folks (1+ / 0-)
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        Turkana

        who are having a joyous good time.  

        I can understand not wanting to be a part of an overly  familiar thing that intrudes on your life. I have a cousin who lived on Bourbon Street while he went to medical school. The noise and the partying got old...fast.

        Still, I would be happy to go back to Amsterdam for Queen's Day. For me it is a most happy memory of a most happy time...

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