Today’s first two pictures come from Roger, Amsterdam’s #1 train commuter! It’s a long commute too: first biking to the Hague bike station, dropping off his bike, getting on the train, praying it’s not 15 minutes late again, and then sprinting from Amsterdam Centraal Station to catch is ferry to get across the river IJs. Crazy times.
The train that I take is operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which handles 1.1 million passengers a day — more than I could have guessed.
No blog post is complete without a picture of bikes! And also birds hunting around for food. You can also see more pictures of the station at its English Wikipedia entry.
And finally, something I found in my stash of items…
This was one of the tickets Marco purchased for me the first trip, though not the first day itself. Which of course was an experience. I already mentioned how I arrived really late at night, due to a delayed flight from London City airport. Of course I had some jitters (that’s why we stopped and bought some drinks from Starbucks).
When we got on the train I was surprised to see how clean and spacious it was compared to the American trains I’ve been on (at least NJTransit… Amtrak is a bit more upscale). And then when we got on the train, it was kind of full, so we sat down at one of the 4 seaters (2 seats facing another 2 seats with a pretty small table in between the inner seats). There was already a gentleman there, so I asked him if we could sit there… and then immediately muttered about forgetting that I spoke English in a foreign country. …as if a good majority of the Dutch don’t know English already.
Eventually I’ll get used to the place.