... Hell. I mean, jeez, this is one helluva city. Never had this much water underfoot in my life, 'cept maybe the time 'Tou-san decided a cruise over to Fiji or some was in our best interests. He gets these ideas in his head every now and then. But, damn--just walking 'round the Horseshoe you've got four friggin' canals and the houses like something outta 17th-century Western literature. Always thought Grün-sensei was exaggerating, but then again Europe's like his Holy Grail. *rolls eyes*
Been settling in here, the campus is pretty good and green, and they gave us real good dorm rooms to stay in up high with actual views--prob'ly part of the marketing gig, but hey, what's to pass up? No use going into the food, either, they're throwing everything under the sun at us. Think I saw some African stuff night before last, but hard to tell, 'Kaa-san's repertoire doesn't go exactly that far.
Grabbed a few secondhand guidebooks down at the Spui... Figures that their oldest church is right smack in the middle of the red-light district. *rolls eyes* Internet cafés seem to be the trend here, they actually converted one of the old medieval city gates near the Nieuwmarkt; so'm typing from the Waag at the moment, pretty damn busy place since everyone passes through on their way to buy stuff'n all. Damn Taki spends half the day 'round here'n the Leidseplein people-watching. *rolls eyes*
S'for the other stuff, spent a bit looking 'round the Amstelkring--"Our Lord in the Attic", secret Catholic church my ass. Not much of a secret if they're showing it off to tourists, but guess managing to stick a whole church in an attic is some sorta feat.
Definitely more compressed than your normal church, half the regular features'n what, but the lighting's pretty good and they ended up with a whole altar and gallery. Impressive. Their Van Gogh Museum ain't too shabby either, but that'll be a multiple-day trip, 'm thinking.
Their Vondelpark's world-famous or some such. What's the fuss over your ordinary city park, I'd like to know, other than it's greener even than the campus and I guess they've got a pretty nice layout, with the paths'n all. The parrots are a friggin' nuisance, though. S'a good place to spend an afternoon f'you got nothing to do; met a damn motherload of students from our group too, guess we're a pretty good bunch of locusts. Be great to catch one of those free outdoor concerts people around here have been tootin'. Definitely not gonna get to see everything, but I can damn well try, eh?
Here's to y'all at home, get some sun 'fore you go blind, hear?
[OOC: Reseeeaaarch. *deathu* And pictures galore, 'cuz I couldn't resist and Shishi's a damn show-off. XD; All info gleaned from here for the interested. Hey passionfire, are he and Taki roommates, or what? And I was thinking they could go here for their bar gig, wanna make it this Sunday or something? >D The outside bar sounds pretty awesome; here's a random picture of the place. XD]