6/1 | Friday
Flew into Amsterdam with Rick Brosen to get oriented and scout locales to draw and paint for the workshop group. Rick showed me places he experienced when he first visited the city as an eighteen-year-old. This trip was at least his tenth, but only my second. The first time was thirty-five years ago, so it’s just like visiting Amsterdam for the first time.
Outside of the train station I saw a thousand-bike parking lot. Amsterdam recognizes the bicycle as the primary form of transport. There are more bikes in the city than residents. Most people ride around on old shabby one- to three-speed bikes. Sitting upright, no helmet, holding their children or groceries while talking on their cell phones. Pedestrians, watch out!!!