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Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station (seen here from across a canal located in front of the station) is a very busy train station literally minutes from Schiphol Airport. The harbor of Amsterdam is at the back of the station, and there are canals on the sides, too. In fact, you can't help but notice there is a lot of water in Amsterdam.

This inspired several people to tell the same joke: "If you sent the Irish to the Netherlands and the Dutch to Ireland, within five years Ireland would be feeding Europe, and the Irish will have all drowned."

Outside the Central Station you see another interesting sight: zillions of bikes. Because the Netherlands are ruthlessly flat, and nicely compact, a bicycle is an excellent, inexpensive way to get around.

Either that, or this is a massive impound lot.


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Photos (c) 1997 Lawrence I. Charters

Revised October 25, 1997 lic
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