A Day Trip to Central Station


Day Eight: Death to Adverbs

Today’s Prompt: Go to a local café, park, or public place and write a piece inspired by something you see. Get detailed: leave no nuance behind.

Thoughtful writers create meaning by choosing precise words to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. As you strive to create strong imagery, show your readers what’s going on; avoid telling them.

Today’s twist: write an adverb-free post. If you’d rather not write a new post, revisit and edit a previous one: excise your adverbs and replace them with strong, precise verbs.

Blue and crisp skies welcome birds, joined by arty contrails designed by airplanes crossing the city. Warmer, longer and sunnier days conquered the somber, grey and chilly opponent. It feels good. People leave their temporary cocoons and go out to explore the world again.

Flocks of visitors from all parts of the world arrive like a rainbow, displaying diverse life patterns at no longer emptier streets. Local residents intertwine with visitors in forced synchronicity, resembling migratory boards announcing the arrival of a new season.

The human tsunami starts at airports and train stations, and with equal force spreads its waves, occupying the city for good. Walking without bumping at each other requires looking at all directions, to avoid collisions with pedestrians, suitcases and bags, bikes, cars, motorbikes, trams, and the hop-on hop-off sightseeing red bus.

The train station mimics an observatory of human behavior. There are many stressed faces in the run to catch a train or metro not to be missed. Countless hands wave goodbye, while others caress loved ones, preceding warm embraces and passionate kisses, so deserved after a long waited encounter.

Lines of travelers look with anticipation in front of the arrivals and departures screens, while others stand still like statues, staring at smartphones, as if the buzz around them does not count, does not affect them.

Confused and seemingly lost in translation, some others attempt to buy tickets at automatic machines. Next, you see them marching in disarray to join long lines at ticket offices and information desks.

Many still have time to make a solo or group’s photo, with selfie sticks, sharing curtailed and unnatural smiles, lips tired of rehearsing for the same scene. Other crowds prefer to register inspiring  performances of talented players, taken by surprise, when finding a piano at the station central hall. Anyone can perform in anonymity for crowds who remain silent and in awe.

Inside and outside the station, police officers circulate, wearing dark blue uniforms with unsubtle bright yellow stripes. One cannot miss them watching suspicious bystanders approaching tourists or giving information with courtesy.

Fizzy and fuzzy crowds flow in constant motion, in and out, fast and slow, always moving. Transient lives eager to drink the city’s life, from the source. Their stay may be brief or long, but they all share the longing and the imagination of the trip.

They carry not only suitcases but dreams and fantasies.  They may still have an adventurous mind and open eyes to see beauty in sites that locals have taken for granted.

I spent a few hours busy with people-watching, inside and outside Amsterdam’s Central Station. I made also some photos, which are in the gallery below. Click to enlarge the photos.


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25 thoughts on “A Day Trip to Central Station

  1. Wow, it amazing.. so this is central station in Amsterdam.
    In Indonesia, there is one station looks the same with Central station Amsterdam, the station was named Kota station in the city of Jakarta. Kota station was built in the period of the Dutch colonies in Indonesia. 🙂

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  2. “The human tsunami” …that is great metaphor! Just great. Your photos have made me want to be in Amsterdam again…even though the train station may be my least favorite place (if only because of all the people. I dislike crowds).

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    1. Hello Badfish! Just by this ticket to Amsterdam!
      I would not dispute your choice as the CS is not my preferred place either. You will be surprised to se a totally renewed station though. Looking good. But the crowds seem to get even worse.
      I am humbled by your always kind and encouraging comments. Thanks.

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      1. Well, yeah. Who doesn’t want to come to Amsterdam, it’s only going to get more crowded. I just feel sorry for you that you have to live there!!! Creep.


  3. I love that everyone came away with a different favorite phrase. For me it is ‘arty contrails designed by airplanes crossing the city.’ I had to linger on that one awhile. Wonderful.

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    1. I liked that very much too. I really struggled to find my way out of story telling into showing… Reading comments like these and yours, is rewarding, and make me happy. Thank you so much!


  4. What a glorious post rich with imagery. Even without your stunning street photography I feel like I’m there.
    The photos are fantastic and some I feel like I’ve been in them! The guys dragging their suitcases behind them in particular!
    Fabulous response! X


    1. He he DJ, you keep making me smile.
      Thank you so much, really! This prompt was the most difficult so far. I am so in love with story telling and that blocked my remaining gray cells from believing I could show too…Your comment means a lot to me. xxx

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    1. Schuttzie, it is considerate and insightful people like you, who give me so much support and encouragement, that make blogging worth it. Thank you so much for always reading my posts!


  5. You didn’t even need photos with your colorful descriptions! I loved the “human tsunami” metaphor as well as the “flocks of visitors arrive like a rainbow..” such poetry. I could feel the onslaught of the crowds. Just excellent!


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