Dutch Bike

I was in Amsterdam last week attending XML Europe 2004.

I took the 6am flight from Luton:


Which got me to the conference centre in good enough time to catch the opening keynote, Amazon Web services:

Xml2004 Amazon

I stayed in a cool hotel the Hotel V, good value and near to the conference. This is the breakfast bar from the outside:

Hotel V

Hired a trendy bike from the trendy hotel complete with three locks:


Which was great for hacking around Amsterdam on the evening:


Bridge Cycles



I guess the centre is gearing up for Koninginnedag with a ferris wheel in Dam square:

Dam Ferris

Centraal Station brings back memories (good and bad):

Centraal Station

Make sure you switch off your engine when the bridge opens:

Brug Open Motor Af

No trip to Holland is complete without a haring broodje:

Haring Broodjes

Or a visit to a cheese shop:


The cycle from the Hotel to the conference was nice:

Cycle Path

Beware of drempels!

Let Op Drempels

Took this by accident:

Cycle Leg

Wait at the bike-lights:

Cycle Lights

Though you can press a button:

Cycle Sign

Aptly enough the trams here run on grass:

Tram Grass

Follow the signs:

Rai Signpost

Into the conference:


The RAI is big and nice enough, just two quibbles: useless wireless LAN and the big queues for coffee.

RAI Outside

Tulips were nice, though:

RAI Tulips