Amster (amster) Dam (dam, dam)
A look out Klary’s kitchen window says it all: water’s half the world in Amsterdam. Whether you think of it as the Venice of the north, or whether you prefer to call Venice the Amsterdam of the south, you can’t escape the fact that the city lives and breathes on and in the water in a way that few others do.
On a tiny boat piloted by Captain Maria we got within finger-trailing distance of the canals’ cool waters and set out to gain a new perspective on the city.
Over the centuries the Dutch have built an amazing system of bridges
and locks to tame the tides that threaten to engulf the country. With that much practice and plenty of engineering expertise they’ve come to a peaceful coexistence with the water that’s everywhere.
Lots of people keep a boat right outside the front door
although some take that proposition a little more seriously than others.
Whole neighborhoods float, often in serene decrepitude
often watched over by more imposing residences, some of which are leaning precarionsly, feet in the water,
while others show a whimsical face to passersby.
If your boat needs work you can take it to the shipyard, and if your house needs work
carpenters are the same the world over.
Or if you’ve always wanted to eat in a floating Chinese restaurant, here’s your chance.
One if by land, two if by sea, under the seven pretty bridges all in a row we glide our way back to shore.
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