Amsterdam

Men Of The Woods in Amsterdam Pt.1 – Celebrating 41 Years of Friendship

Introduction: The Backstory In early 1978, as I was finishing up my freshman year of college at New York University (NYU), I realized that this wasn’t the collegiate experience that I was expecting or hoping for.  I was still living at home, riding the subway into the city for my classes, and then coming back home to Brooklyn to try…

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Robb Comes To Amsterdam Pt.5 – The Amsterdam Pride Parade (and more!)

In New York City, the big Pride parade occurs on the Sunday of Pride Weekend, traditionally the last Sunday in June.  In Amsterdam, however, the parade occurs on Saturday. Rather than march down the street, the floats sail down the Prinsengracht canal.  In New York, traffic is a nightmare and trying to get from one side of town to the…

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Robb Comes To Amsterdam Pt.2

Amsterdam weather is notoriously iffy.  Clouds can appear and rain can come pouring down at a moment’s notice.  I was obsessively checking the weather before Robb’s arrival, and it all looked favorable, except for Tuesday, his second day.  Most of the agenda I planned centered on outdoor activities, because Robb doesn’t like generally like museums. In this pouring rain, though,…

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Arnold Plotnick and College Buddies

Amsterdam Musings – August 2019

It’s Tuesday in Amsterdam. In two more days, four of my college buddies fly across the Atlantic to join me for five days of eating, drinking, exploring, laughing, and reminiscing about the good old days, i.e., our days together at SUNY Binghamton, back when life seemed like one continuous party. Forty-one years have passed and we’re still good friends, and…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt. 12 – Winter Days in Amsterdam: The Trip Comes to an End

Ah, home sweet second home.  I arrived in Amsterdam, to spend the last few days of this long winter trip. The weather forecast for the second Amsterdam leg of the trip did not look promising.  As is typical in Amsterdam, it was rain, rain, and more rain.  I would have liked sunny weather, but I didn’t really care.  In my…

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