Last weekend was Queens Day (Koninginnedag) celebrating the Netherland’s Queen’s birthday. We went to Amsterdam, which has a particularly big party with free concerts all over and a city-wide garage sale. We had a great time wandering around taking photos of the party-goers.
We had a weird experience taking photos. When people noticed us shooting their direction, they rushed over and asked where they’ll be posted. I kept expecting them to demand that they’re deleted, like I’ve experienced in the US, but they just wanted my website. We probably had 10 different groups ask for our info. I wonder if any will actually check it out.
The crowds were huge and all decked out in orange. In this photo, I turned off all other colors, so you can see just how much orange there was. It was a great time, with everyone hugging, drinking, and dancing in the street. I’ve never seen a big celebration like this in the US before.
Also, you may have heard in the news about the car crash/attack on the Queen. Several friends and family were worried when we didn’t come home that night and update our Facebook statuses – more about our surprise overnight in the next blog post. Anyway, they were concerned that we might have been hurt in the event, but we actually weren’t even in the same city. We saw it on Twitter during our train ride there, but weren’t concerned because it was 80km away. Sorry to worry y’all.
The rest of our photos are posted on Flickr:
- Queens Day 2009 – Amsterdam (85 photos)