One week to go and counting ...  

rm_I_AMsterdam 51M
31 posts
4/22/2005 2:53 am

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One week to go and counting ...

Every year from the evening of April 29th through to the end of April 30th all of Holland celebrates the Queen's birthday (as she was born in January, they elected due to the weather to 'adopt' her late mother's birthday) where Holland takes to the streets and parties HARD!!!

It’s an annual event that doesn’t make the headlines or rarely even a footnote in the press and media out with this flat, low and pleasant land. What impression (for “first impressions never lie” would you get?

Buildings, windows and rooflines are all bedecked in honour of the House of Orange, and the cheerful colour extends across the city; onto its streets, balconies and canals the population throng, with their orange-tinted clothing, wigs, dogs(!) and their bikes joining incoming revelers alike. You could very much assume that you’d entered a Twilight Zone scenario. Let’s call the episode “The Day The World Turned Orange”.

Indeed, I’d reckon that to the uninitiated spectator witnessing this, with Amsterdam’s already global reputation as a city regarded as a compact microcosm of lunacy, you would not be entirely mistaken in thinking that you’d entered into the realms of a city that ought to be renamed “Insane”

But whilst the sensory shock of the colourful spectacle may slowly subside, what would you reckon to this party in general? Whether it’s witnessing the sight of Heineken running in rivulets down the streets or the sardine-like queues inching up the principal thoroughfares, alleyways and side streets. The visitor experiences a pleasant surprise.

Unlike the world-famous Rio Carnival and it’s cute-as-a-cancer, sweet-as-a-razor’s-sting ‘violent behind-the-scenes’ reputation, or the New Orleans Mardi Gras, with fights breaking out in typical Hollywood-inspired style, all they’re likely to encounter is an environment where smiles and laughter are the capricious “weapons” of the day. Few events could attract so many, to such a relatively small city and have a generally inconspicuous level of trouble occurring.

Amsterdam, on a sunny day, can swell to over 2 million people ('normal' population 750,000) as Holland decends on the city for the party.

This is an experience NOT TO BE MISSED!

One week to go and counting ...

rm_anthoney65 51M/41F
30 posts
4/22/2005 5:00 am

We wish we could go. It sounds like a lot of fun. The only thing that has kept us from Rio, is what you mentioned above. We want a giant sex, love and party fest. Not being kidnapped.

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F

4/22/2005 5:41 am

Hurray for BEA !!!!
I cant wait !!!!
Its the best day of the year

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