the problem with a submarine is that there’s nowhere to have a decent cocktail party

The blog is going to call in Amsterdam this week. I’m going to be attending eComm, the less tiresome telecoms conference. Readers there are welcome to meet up; I’d also be interested in recommendations of anything, really, as I haven’t been there since 1996, and using the various hangouts referenced in Charlie Stross novels as a guide seems to take things too far. The conference is held in an old gas works – I used to live in one in Vienna. Is there any European city that hasn’t converted a chunk of disused infrastructure into something unconvincingly hip at some point between about 1985 and 2005?


  1. A meetup would be nice (mwisse at gmail) and actually, the bars described in Charlie’s novels are some of the best in town…

    You can’t go wrong with either the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum if you haven’t been to either, the Hermitage is also worth a visit but the Maritime museum is morbibund because it’s being renovated. Take a walk through the red light district while you still can because it is rapidly being redesigned into something unconvincingly hip, from seamstresses to fashion boutiques….




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