A'damblog: Amsterdam annoyances
Jens is an entrant in the 2012 “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair Blog Competition.
There is plenty to get annoyed about in Amsterdam. We’re not different from any other big city. I could easily make a long list of the greatest Amsterdam annoyances – but as no one has asked me to come here in the first place I rather leave such a list to someone else. I could for example leave it to our local Amsterdam paper Het Parool (yes, I’m a subscriber) to make it – which they in fact have done in the latest edition of the paper. It makes interesting reading.
The idea of making the list in the first place was inspired by an incident in Amsterdam last Saturday. An unknown (not anymore) gay photographer was about to kiss his boyfriend on a square in the West of Amsterdam when a nearby snackbar owner (claiming not to be homophobic) intervened and asked them to stop it and to leave the square. Apart from ignoring the request to stop, the photographer got so annoyed about the interference in his love life that he decided to arrange a kiss-in on the very same square, which actually attracted about 100 'kissers' last night (but that’s another story). Anyhow, now Het
Parool has made a survey among the citizens to make a list of the 20 greatest annoyances in Amsterdam.
Greatest Amsterdam annoyances (most to least):
Men scratching their crotch
Men with naked torsos on terraces
Two men kissing
Topless (females) in the parks
Two women kissing
Men with naked torsos in the streets
Man and woman kissing
Two men holding each other intimately
Two women holding each other intimately
Man and woman holding each other intimately
Topless on the beach
Men walking hand in hand
Women walking hand in hand
Man and woman walking hand in hand
You can make your own conclusions about the list. Personally I’m very disappointed that ‘Scooters on pavement’, ‘Scooters on bicycle lanes’ ‘Bicycles on pavement’, ‘Dog shit on pavement’, ‘Late partying on balconies’, ‘Late partying with open windows’, ‘Littering’, ‘Putting rubbish out at any time’, ‘Talking in cinemas’, ‘Smoking (too much) cannabis’, ‘Smoking cigarettes everywhere’, ‘Drinking (too much) alcohol’, ‘Putting feet on train/tram/bus seats’ and ‘Loud mobile talk’ did not make the list. But as I’ve already mentioned no one asked me to come here in the first place, so I’m perfectly happy for others to compile a list of the greatest Amsterdam annoyances.
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