Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Another gay bar closed

Amsterdam's gay bars are closing faster than Amsterdam's trees lose their leaves in autumn... Today it was reported that Soho closed yesterday - this is after Exit, April, Arc and Cockring all closed in the last 6 months or so.
It surely feels like a part of my "youth" has been taken away: these are all bars that I spent way too much time in from 1988, when I moved to Amsterdam, until recently. So many memories, so many people I have met in those places, so many happy moments.
I also still remember being proud of Amsterdam as the "gay capital of Europe" (and at one point, possibly the world) during the 1990's and early new century - now that is only a distant memory and many, many cities have overtaken my city in this respect. Sad.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Too much beauty

I am in Western Canada on a family visit cum holiday, and today we were touring Jasper National Park. It is so incredibly beautiful here - I have been here as a teenager and it is great to refresh my memory how beautiful mother nature can be.