A Brief Walk Through the Circles of Hell

An insight into Amsterdam

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Albert Camus isn’t light vacation reading. He also penned the least likely passage to make it into Amsterdam’s tourism promotional materials.

When I travel, I try to pack fiction about the place I’m visiting. But I’d forgotten to do my research before a planned long layover in Amsterdam that would give us a few hours’ wandering around the city, and the only novel that had come to mind that day in Kramerbooks was The Fall, about a narcissistic French expat who plays lawyer to criminals and outcasts in a post-war dive bar called the Mexico City and leads you, the reader, around the city telling him the secrets of his past.

The expat asks: “Have you noticed that Amsterdam’s concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? The middle-class hell, of course, peopled with bad dreams. When one comes from the outside, as on gradually goes through those circles, life — and hence its crimes —…

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Hi, my name is Heather and I live in Barbados. I started this blog to promote my country as well as the Caribbean region and also for light hearted interests like the love of landscapes, architecture, history and writing. While the purpose is clear, the precise content is not so I am going to ramble on on this journey to fulfillment of musing on things worthwhile, not the usual humdrum of existence. If ever, you think there is something I should consider for my musings, just let me know.

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