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Amsterdam is a city of canals. Back in it's "glory" days when they were economic giants--the spoils of colonization--these canals were used to bring goods from the large cargo vessels to the warehouses. Today they're there for the pleasure of all.

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Ok, I have to admit that one of the reasons I'm posting this is so that I can colour in another bit on my map there!!! :) Hahahaha! Traveller's vanity.

That aside, this was taken in '98 when I spent a summer work exchange in Amsterdam. I worked at Coster Diamonds, then the 9th most visited tourist venue in the city. Visitors got to see the diamond cutting process and had a chance to buy if they wanted. I served coffee (*actual drinking coffee heh heh heh) and helped out in the gift shop.

It was my first time out of Canada and it was a fantastic summer job for a student. It also launched my interest in travel. From that summer on I have packed my bags regularly... so much so that I have spent more time abroad than here in Toronto!

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The scan is poor so I've had to play a bit in PS to try to get the colours better. I was still mostly a point and shoot guy at the time and the exposure isnt perfect on this... um, and I faked the blue sky too... ;)

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