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Here I am spending the weekend in Amsterdam taking pictures of men wearing orange-colored afro wigs. I'm not kidding - I guess the Dutch team is playing in the Euro 2008 tournament. Or something like that anyway.

I'm really impressed with Amsterdam. Clean, orderly, fantastic modern architecture. Unfortunately I left my camera bag + cable somewhere in Brussels so I can't download/upload any photos for awhile.

It's been a long time since I've been in a place where I have difficulty deciphering any text. Romance languages resemble each other enough that I could get along ok somewhere like Brazil, but here I'm completely lost. Sure, everyone speaks English, but you have to find someone first.

I also think that people assume I'm Indonesian because everyone speaks to me in Dutch. To me Dutch resembles Arabic in that the speaker always sounds like s/he is clearing his/her throat. If Turkish sounds like Cardassian to my ears then Dutch sounds like...Kikuyu?
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On June 21st, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC), erich_schneider commented:
They also might be thinking you are from Suriname...?
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On June 22nd, 2008 10:49 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Another strong possibility!
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On June 23rd, 2008 11:28 am (UTC), ext_106388 commented:
Ah, Dutch...
This is why you need one or two beginners' courses in German. Then Dutch, Yiddish, and Pennsylvania Dutch will all make a little sense since they're so similar.
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