Vondelpark in Amsterdam

Vondelpark in AmsterdamI've made a few trips to Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a beautiful public park in the west end. As one who has spent a lot of time in Toronto's High Park, I naturally compare the Vondelpark to High Park, and they're quite similar in appearance and vibe.

One thing Vondelpark has that High Park doesn't is totally exposed urinals for men. They're throughout the park, and people use them. That's something you don't see in Toronto.

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The Vondelpark also has better water fountains. These fountains are clean and high enough that people fill their water bottles up with them. I'd love to see these in High Park.

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Another difference between the Vondelpark and High Park is that people openly drink beer and smoke weed in Vondelpark without fear of harassment from police. It's a total 'live and let live' philosophy.

Here are some more shots I took of Vondelpark in Amsterdam on this sunny 22° day. The last two pics were taken earlier in the week.

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519 Rob

We had some of those male-urinals (pissoirs) in Guelph a few years ago. They were downtown, and the hope was to eliminate the after bar 'pissing in a corner' problem. Not sure what happened to them, but they aren't downtown (as far as I know) anymore.

August 10, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

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@519 Rob

That's funny, I had never seen one before and assumed it was a European thing.

August 10, 2012 @ 3:57 PM

elvis

Are you sick man?

August 10, 2012 @ 5:31 PM

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@elvis

I put that pic in for you.

I've never been less sick than I am right now.

Here's another self portrait for ya:

August 10, 2012 @ 5:33 PM

Cheryl

That sounds gross. Then everyone can watch you pee. Wonder if toilets are out in the open as well.

August 10, 2012 @ 5:58 PM

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@Cheryl

I know you can't see, but the design is such that people can only see your back - there's no indecent exposure, so to speak.

August 10, 2012 @ 5:59 PM

dale

Mike, are you OK??

Looks like you have aged alot in the last while.

Same kind of urinals at old Maple Leaf Gardens - in a trough.

Have fun

August 10, 2012 @ 7:17 PM

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@dale

That's a clown question, bro.

I've aged a whole year in the past 365 days.

August 10, 2012 @ 7:33 PM

dale

BOZO was just concerned, that's all.

August 10, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

Cheryl

Okay. I thought this was out in the open.

August 10, 2012 @ 9:40 PM

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@dale

Best shape of my life... true story.

August 10, 2012 @ 11:52 PM

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@Cheryl

Out in the open, but facing a wall where you.... take it out....

August 10, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

Cheryl

Okay. I guess people can't see you then.

August 11, 2012 @ 9:03 AM

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