12 May 2008







Yesterday we took the ferry over to a cafe in north Amsterdam called the Norderlicht to meet some friends of friends that have lived in Amsterdam for the past 6 years. Just after we got off the ferry, Pete gave us a brief bike tour of this huge warehouse that has been converted into an art compound - for lack of a better word. It is an old warehouse that was once squatted by artists, and has become legal. The place seemed to be evolving very quickly with a new front door going in and studios throughout the space being built. There was a skate park in the building, and we could hear the skateboarders, but we didn't have a chance to go up and check it out. We'll definitely be going back to get a better look. It was pretty amazing.

After that we had a really nice meal and a few delicious beers with Pete and Amy and their son Ferris. Addison had a great time pretending to find asteroids and kicking around in the sand. It was really nice to have some social time with other parents. The cafe was really cute, a quanset hut building with clear plastic siding. They incorporated the use of strawbale in parts of the building, and Pete explained that they have a cooling system that works like a swamp cooler with water and fans.

(the photo of Addi and Hyland in the tree is actually from a few days ago when we fietst through flavopark.)

2 comments:

Phil said...

Wow! just checked out the Mather blog and it looks and reads as magic! What a flat on the canal...I'm sure you will make as much an impression on the locals as you did here in the Denver. I'll keep checking up!
much DenverLuv
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Rockolita said...

It looks and sounds like things are going great for you guys! Thanks for sharing all of these great experiences with us :)

I remember a skatepark in a warehouse that Andy and I went to in Amsterdam that was covered in graffiti and out of all of it, I saw Jon Hoff's tag "audio" in the middle! Maybe it's still there...the skatepark was rad.

Love,
Rocko