The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is situated on the border between the States of Nevada and Arizona. It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado river. On the day I visited the temperatures were nearly 102 degrees – the baking sun reflecting off the concrete structure making it seem even hotter… It is an impressive spectacle to say the least. The drop off on the other side of the dam, would turn even the strongest of stomachs… I was however most impressed by the toilets which had amazing golden doors…which reminded me of the doors of the “Vishnu” temple high up in the hills of the Himalayas, at Muktinath.

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Amsterdam Autumn 2011

Last autumn, I had the opportunity of visiting a friend in Amsterdam. The weather was really changeable, one moment there were showers lasting only a few minutes and then the next would be sunshine. My friend assured me this was typical of Amsterdam in the autumn. I have been to this city many times over the years, but not recently and it was great to see the place again. Somethings had changed; the Stripen carte had gone, since I was there last in 2005, but mostly things were the same; the usual number of drunken English tourists, pigeons etc. I wondered round with my camera for most of the time I was there, dodging the rain clouds. And towards the end of my trip, I got stoned in the Leidseplein, and did the usual of walking around Amsterdam totally lost. I seem to do this every time I go and only found out why it happens on this occasion. Someone told me the canals are circular and following them only brings you back to where you set off from. After years of struggling, coping being stoned and lost in this big city, I have now discovered the secret and will be more clued up next time. It was a great trip. I was there only for a weekend but really enjoyed the experience.

“Canal”

“Stacked Away”

“Rieks Museum”

“Church Tower”

“Canal & Warehouses”

“Tram”

“Spires”

“Rain on the Leidseplein”

“Brollies”

“Twin Green Bikes”