Amsterdam in the country the Netherlands is a very objective city. It is a very globalized place. That means that Amsterdam has become one of the first cities in the whole world that has followed almost 100% of the European Guidelines of city centers within the Eurozone.
The Amsterdam CS train station has tight barriers allowing only people with paid tickets to enter the train station site. There are a number of security guards checking the passengers travel tickets in the train station so this completely eliminates theft.
Amsterdam has a huge tourist industry. 90% of the people walking the streets of Amsterdam are tourists,coming mostly from Portugal and Spain.
The architecture in this city has two sides. On the one hand lots of the architecture is traditional (Amsterdam School, Middle Ages and from the Golden Age) and on the other hand there is new hyper modern architecture arising like a Phoenix into the city.
I recall my teacher Emmie Neut, telling me, that from the traditional comes the modern. One does not destroy the former to gain the newer but instead builds from it. I agree with this idea, however I worry that Amsterdam may one day become all hyper modern architecture because the upkeep of the former traditional architecture will be too expensive. But I guess I do not need to worry about that now as that is probably something that may or may not take place in the very distance future.
The Dutch love their financial equations, as capitalism was born in Amsterdam centuries ago. The bottomline is this: the incoming tourism pays for the upkeep of the Dutch traditional architecture which draws in the tourism who pay for the upkeep of the architecture. They are interlinked.
Written Dec 07, 2017 corresponding from Amsterdam, NL, Europe
Eindhoven is a city in the South of Holland. It started off as a small municipality and once Philips started his famous Philips company the village started to grow. now it is considered to be Holland’s fifth largest cities. What makes Eindhoven a special city? Well it all starts at the Central train station (Eindhoven CS).
In the main hall, there is a quote in large neon yellow letters that reads:
“Conventie, een soort herinnering, is het grootste beletsel om te genieten van leven en kunst.” Piet Mondriaan
Which means convention is the obstacle between art and life.
It is the kind of quote that makes you question your life, your actions and your independent role as an individual. It is because of this one quote that I changed. I changed my vision of the world, my vision of people, my goals, dreams and aspirations, I no longer could find peace within tradition or culture instead I knew I needed to follow my own way.
To me, going to Eindhoven and seeing that quote in the CS was the most valuable experience in my world travels.
A Stop Gap is a method that is used to prevent something from happening. It starts as a short-term situation and it can then lead to a longer term situation. The idea of a Stop Gap is to prevent something unwanted to occur. It is often used in business communications.
(Photograph of Vincent van Gogh, with one ear cut off)
Victoria City is a city of extremes. Mostly the culture is ‘high Victorian’, which means that it is of British Colonial heritage. The first official judge in Victoria City, according to local documentation was Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (9 May 1819 – 11 June 1894). The Law Library at the University of Victoria, BC Canada, used to have a statue of Justice Begbie, about 7 years ago. Then something happened to the statue, which disappeared one night into thin air. This mysterious disappearance of the statue led to the resolve of the conflict between Victoria City Colonialism and one of the Indigenous tribes. Justice Begbie is known to have hung an Indigenous chief. This act of hanging the chief of a tribe, is like Nelson Mandela’s father who was a counselor to kings in South Africa, and who was virtually stripped of all his power within his village and within his tribe caused by the Apartheid Republic of South African regime. Many Indigenous individuals, and through some course work through the UVic Law Degree, draw a parallel with Apartheid South Africa and the current Canadian government. This is a subject which I will exit, because my Dutch heritage omits me from having an opinion on colonialism. Instead, I like to venture into historic accounts and learn what historians and academics had to say on the subject. I also like to explore history to find answers to our current day society. In Victoria city – the biggest divide, is in the lack of innovation and the underdevelopment of laws. Our city of Victoria is only 150 years old, that is when the city got inaugurated; and to me, that means my birth country is still in an infancy stage. The laws to protect humans are inadequate, and it is not the fault of the country to have inadequate laws. Western Europe took more than 2000 years to develop their law systems, so it is impossible for Canada to have caught up on their sophicated laws in 1/20 the amount of time. Canada is a unique country and unique laws. It will take at least another 1500 years to reach a mature stage of law creation, modification and implementation. Until that time, there will be cowboys who profit off the economical system of free entreprise and there will be citizens who suffer the consequences of the free enterprise Neo Liberal system in which so far (in 2017) is ingrained in many British Columbian’s psyches. As of July 18th, Victoria City will have a new Premier, Mr. John Horgan of the BC NDP however, in my opinion, it is going to take more then hypnotism to try to get the capitalist Neo Liberalism wolves to transform into socialist welfare state sheep.