Amsterdam: Bikes, Canals, and the Dutch Sense of Humor – Part 3

Part 3 – The Dutch Sense of Humor

When traveling abroad and interacting with people who don’t normally speak English, they will say things in the most delightful way.  For instance, someone described his street as “harmonious” when he meant that it was crime free. What gets mixed up in translation is so entertaining to me.  That can be seen in some of their storefront advertisements.  Other times, as in street art, no words or translation are needed and the message is universal.

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Indeed
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A mens sock store
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Looking stylish while selfie-ing.
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Keep it nice.
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Rembrandt lived in Amsterdam and now his house is a museum.
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These statues are subjects from various Rembrandt paintings.
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Save yourself
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Inundation
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Groovy
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Bike art
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I think this was just art, I don’t think anyone rides it. The tile on the ground loosely translates to “put your garbage here” for garbage pick up day.
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I found a few of these all over Amsterdam. It’s to raise awareness for the National Foundation Against Senseless Violence.
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Very Banksy-ish. Found on a hotel wall.
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It’s happening all right.
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What a great mantra.
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Then there’s this guy. He boats around the canals making music to anyone who will stop and listen. On his boat is what looks like a player piano roll that he operates by spinning the wheel. Then he also plays trumpet and whistles classical music.

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