Here are some of my photos from Amsterdam.The full set can be found on Flickr.
The city centre is full of waterways.
The red light district in the day.
Buildings come right to the edge of the canals.
Amsterdam Central train station.
Cycling is very popular in Amsterdam - mainly because it is mostly flat.
Bikes were locked up everywhere there was space.
Amsterdam is famous for its red light district and its openness to sex.
This seedy looking alleyway was part of the tourist experience.
Shops in the red light district.
In the UK we have the lake district - in Amsterdam the cleverly cropped rape district.
I wasn't sure what type of massage this was.
Public transport was excellent.
Even the monuments are shaped in interesting ways.
Knowing what to wear for a fancy dress party is always a pain, I normally try to keep to something topical. With the recent Transformers film out it was the perfect opportunity to come as Optimus Prime!
I recently came across this video which gave me the initial concept for my Transformer. The idea is that I could be both the robot and the truck of Optimus Prime.
Here is a video of how the costume worked.It's basically made from one cardboard box split open apart from one hinge. I've then attached it to my back with a belt and added two other boxes to support it on my shoulders - this way its high enough above my head to close and the weight is evenly distributed.
I've then attached another bit of card to the shoulder boxes so that I can freely move up and down (if I had strapped it to my chest I wouldn't be able to bend and you would be able to see my feet.) The slots in the bottom of the card are so I can move my legs while crouching.
It looked the following while crouching:
Half way up:
And standing up:
Benjie had come as a giant Tetris piece - it made a handy drinks holder.
Here is a better picture of the side of the truck.
Who would ever have thought this was not a real truck...
Group photo - hint: I'm in the middle.
The giant wings proved difficult for getting through doors.
A full set of pictures of the evening can be found on my Flickr account.
Much love to Beanie and Nej for hosting the party.