Leaning buildings of Amsterdam

The leaning buildings of Amsterdam are built on a foundation consisting of wooden pilings. When does pilings start rotting, the house will start to lean. Nowadays, many foundations have been replaced by concrete pilings. However, it is not possible to make the house straight again. So as locals we are used to living in leaning buildings. The houses you see lean about 5 degrees. I am always surprised that the bricks do not crack. Apparently they are able to resettle without breaking. The guests on the private walking tour were amazed and noticed how many leaning buildings there are in the UNESCO World Heritage Canal District of Amsterdam. Actually, most of the buildings lean! After living here so long, I am also still surprised by this…

Leaning apartment of my aunt

When I was about 12 years old, we used to have our family meetings with our grandparents. As my aunt was living downtown Amsterdam, we used to gather in her place before having dinner. My aunt’s apartment leans forward about 5 degrees as well. And every room is leaning from the inside as well! She even changed her bed in order to sleep level…

King’s Day (former Queen’s Day)

Our queen Juliana granted the Dutch to sell anything on the street on her birthday: April 30th. You might call it a garage sale, but we do not have a lot of garages downtown Amsterdam. As my aunt’s apartment is so close to the Dam Square, the whole family gathered to sell our second hand stuff. Also, we sold a lot of food and drinks. Even my grandmother joined and squeezed out oranges for our orange juice. We had to protect the space in front of her apartment as so many people wanted to use this ‘AAA’-location… Now we have a King and the King changed the date to his birthday: April 27. And of course we call it King’s Day now…

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