Published: January 6th 2006January 6th 2006
Akshay, playing World of Warcraft as usual...
Here are the house pics I promised a few days ago...
Turns out double A batteries here are 1.2V, whereas the ones I need for my camera are 1.5V. So I get to keep looking for more batteries I guess. I'm sure I'll find some somewhere.
I went to market today, but my camera was not working due to the battery problem. I accidentally slept in today, and then found out that the market is only open until 1pm! So I went down as fast as I could, and got to wander around for a while. My first time wandering Maastricht by myself! And they were not kidding, I cannot get lost here. It's a straight line from the house to the station to the bridge that takes you to the square. If you wander enough in that direction you find the square pretty easily, then to get back all I have to do is head in the direction of the river, then wherever I end up at the river I walk towards the bridge that is in the straight line with the station and the house. Easy peasy.
At the market they have lots
Stairs of Death
This is from the top floor of the house, looking down at the Stairs of Death. Even Bruce Lee does not walk the Stairs... He stands watch and laughs if you fall.
of food stands, some with fruit and veggies then some with yummy looking dessert type stuff. I only bought some fruit (yummy pears) but next week I'm going to try one of the pastry thingys they had there. They had these things that looked like waffles with chocolate and icing on them... mmmmmm. And I bought a scarf!! It's sooo pretty, rusty orange kind of colour. And then I bought some fries from the fry place to bring home to share, mmm fries and mayonnaise. And apparently the Dutch think you're crazy if you put vinegar on your fries. It's just not done, but you should see the list of crazy stuff you can put on your fries at the shop! I will have to write some of them down next time because I can't remember them right now.
I know this is a lot of blogs in a short period of time, but it's just so neat here! I wish I could have all of you here to see it too. It was sunny out today so it's too bad my camera was down. I will have to take more pics when it's sunny because it seems
Stairs of Death
I am standing in the middle of the Stairs of Death, between the 2nd and 3rd floors, the most treacherous of its diabolical tracks...
to be usually overcast here, and it's just so beautiful and bright when the clouds are gone.
I think I should go wander a little bit every day, there is just so much to see and so many shops and a million things to wonder at. It's just a very comfortable place to wander, too. It's very different here. The streets are very
clean, but people use them so much more. People don't need to wear helmets when they bike, but people are so much more aquiainted with the rules and ettiquette of biking in the city. There is really not that many cars on the roads, but everything is so easy to get to without a car and it's so pleasant to walk around here that it's not a big surprise. I also noticed that 95% of the cars that you DO see are very nice; you don't see many crappy cars, lots of bmw's and newer models. Gas is very expensive; at least 1.20 or so in euros, so far as I've noticed.
Everything is closed early around here. Most shops close around 6 or 7, very few are open til 9, almost nothing
Stairs of Death
You KNOW there is something wrong when your stairs have holy-shit handles, like in a car. Theres something very very darkly wrong. This is one of THREE on this one treacherous flight. TRIPLE wrong.
is open after that. Even gas stations aren't open 24 hours a day. 24/7 is not a big thing here, apparently.
That's all for now, I really just wanted to put house pictures up. Talk to you all soon!
being a shutterbug,
There are more photos below