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July 22: departure from Rotterdam

Finally it was time to ride back to Amsterdam.

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This mysterious pronouncement turned out to be a teaser for a website for first-time home-buyers interested in Rotterdam. Not really knowing what uitpakken and inpakken were (they mean "unpack" and "pack"), I sort of thought this might be something more political.

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Adjacent is this crypto-Metabolist apartment block, with some nice brick joints at the diagonals.

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Back past the Russian Orthodox church, which I think is the only Orthodox church I've encountered that I would classify as "cute" (as opposed to "imposing" or "splendiferous").

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The strikingly cantilevered Unilever building is on the skyscraper-studded street Weena.

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A rather vexed-looking gang of sculptures adjacent.

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There was major construction happening near the rail station. That ogee-section vault is really mystifying.

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Right nearby is the Groothandelsgebouw, one of the city's early postwar edifices, completed in 1953. It has a surprisingly fine-grained series of scales of building elements for a modernist building.

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Underway on the train: a shy church peeks up over the trees.

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A lone turbine gazes off in the distance.

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Hey it's the internet! Get it? (Hint: tubes.)

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For a few minutes, this series of ball-topped posts lined the tracks.

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A massive bike storage array, I believe, if the bikes at right are anything to go on. So it seems those white boxes may be storage vessels for bikes.

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After Woerden station: more bike boxes, plus a nice little riparian eating spot.

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Uh-oh, looks like these fields have come down with a case of sheep and cows.

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Getting back to the periphery of Amsterdam, a complex composed of every imaginable shade of pale.