Great day in the Netherlands.
Woke up and ran around the entirety of central Rotterdam, about 4 miles. I found some spots I liked and returned to draw them. See above and below.
This evening I decided to take a trip up the Euromast, the second tallest building in the Netherlands…it’s only marginally taller than the tower on Bowdoin’s campus in Brunswick. Scaling the Euromast was probably the most dangerous thing I’ve done on this trip so far. You take an elevator up to about 400 feet, then you hop in a little launch pad called the Euro sling…huh? That sounded like an offer to be tossed off the side of the building, so I hopped on in.
The sling was a rotating chamber that takes you up another 200 feet. As it reaches the top it jerks around and drops into its landing place, but the whole process feels remarkably unstable. I’m pretty sure I felt free-fall. The trip turned out to be totally worth it. I went as the sun was setting at 9:30 and got some great shots. The industrial smoke stacks, cranes, and docks extended as far as the eye could see. It was quite a sight to see.
Time to make some mac n’cheese, meet up with my buddies Lewis and Clark while they rumble with some Grizzly Bears in the Rockies, then hit the sack. I’m getting up early tomorrow to help Berend and his older sister set up this film festival. They rented out an old train station downtown and are setting the festival up on the rooftop. Should be a great opportunity to meet some hipster Nedelandahs!