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Near our place in Amsterdam West there was a carnival being held so we dropped by on a Sunny Sunday. It was okay. We didn’t go on any rides because even though it was sunny it was also windy and chilly.
Some Random Amsterdam History.
This is the highest point in Amsterdam. That bridge. I believe it is 1.8 meters about the sea level. Shows you how flat Amsterdam is and how much of the Netherlands is below the sea level.
The building in the middle is a former hidden Catholic church. Even though the Dutch strongly push for tolerance, somehow this didn’t really apply to Catholics a couple of centuries ago. So people of the Catholic faith created their own churches in their houses. This one looked pretty well hidden but when they installed the second largest organ in the Netherlands in the attic for their services the “hidden” part was kinda forgotten.
This was the site of a former female prison. This was situated reasonably close to the red light district. Some of the head honchos of the various religious groups in that time weren’t happy with how Amsterdam allowed such a large amount of activity in the red light district. To appease these fellows they created this prison, once in a while they would pick up a random unlucky hooker and have her locked up and whipped. For a certain amount of money you could visit and watch the ladies get whipped. Families could bring their children to see what would happen if they did not listen and follow the rules.
This was an anonymous piece of art somebody created and installed in the red light district. At one point the city removed it but people asked for it to be put back and it was. Nobody figured out who the artist was or whose breast is was based on.
At the end of the Lindenmarkt we came across the Noordermarkt. It was focussed on bio-friendly produced wares. There was some items there. One vendor explained what made their cheese so special was that the cows were in Austria eating only one specific type of grass which in turn made their milk and then the cheese so much more flavourful. One lady at the mushroom stand was giving all different types of recipes for the various mushrooms she was selling. Interesting place.
It was international pillow fight day and we headed out to the dam to catch a glimpse. I considered participating, but my lack of having my own pillow and any fighting skills prevented me from doing so. We followed a group of people carrying their own pillow and found a big group trying to knock each other out with their favourite sleeping aid.
We were surprised how long people seemed to be able to go on with the non-painful violence. Like they warned on the International Pillow Fight Day website, most pillows did seem to get broken and feathers, foam and other popular pillow fillings flowed out into the streets. About an hour later after we did some shopping we passed by the Dam and saw some of the participants sweeping up the pillow remains.
Graffiti, stencilling, stickering always has fascinated me so you can always except a good amount of photo’s of them on this site. My favorite is the Colonel Sanders capitalism/consume piece.
I had heard of a sensory deprivation chamber quite some time ago but after listening to a recent podcast by Joe Rogan I got curious again in trying out this new experience. I had found a place in Singapore that offered floating sessions but they were asking way too much money for something I wasn’t sure yet what exactly it was. Maybe by now you are wondering what floating in a sensory deprivation chamber is. Well, wonder no more, because it is a light- and soundproof tank filled with incredibly salty water that is heated to your body temperature. And because of this you lose all your senses you are normally used to.
The first thing I noticed after a while in the tent was my eyes adjusting to the pure darkness. I kept on seeing spots of lights moving in the dark, but I know these were just tricks my body was playing on me. After a while I stopped noticing my breathing and could feel my heart pound all through my body. I then realized I didn’t know how my legs were positioned and it was almost as if they weren’t part of me anymore. My thoughts felt amplified and it was as if I was completely surrounded by them.
I lost my sense of time and didn’t know if I had been in there for 5 minutes or if the staff had forgotten I was in there and I was approaching day 2 in the tank. Once in a while I would drift into the wall of the tank but would then quickly float back in the space of nothingness.
But in the end the most interesting experience of the floating session was when I left the tank and floating center. I felt calm, my thoughts were kinder and my body felt as if I had gotten a massage. Everything looked incredibly sharp and vivid as if I was seeing the world in HD after living in VHS for a whole. I noticed all the sounds on the street and it somehow felt a bit foreign to me.I wouldn’t say I was reborn, but I did have a new perspective.
Overall I would highly recommend this experience to anybody, just don’t expect to find the meaning of life floating along side you.
I took a one hour float at Koan Float in Amsterdam and it was 38,50 for the session.