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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Two: Europe

Friday, September 14

1657 LAND AMSTERDAM (Flying time 3 hours, 28 minutes)

For the first time I allowed the seaplane to be tied up snug to a pier, instead of mooring it with freedom to swing. This little arm of the Zuider Zee is perfectly protected, and the water is nearly fresh. The hangar stands on an island, from which one is taken in a motor boat to the city limits of Amsterdam.

We are delighted with Amsterdam. Even from the air one guesses the charm of canals with their stubby-ended boats. Never have I seen so many children. They haunt the streets and paths, and if the stranger sits down on the bank to wait for a car he is promptly surrounded by a group which makes a game of him. It is the happiest sort of welcome. While waiting, we wandered into a grocery store and bought an Edam cheese and some bread, and devoured it to the amusement of a youthful audience. But I guess there are cheeses and cheeses, for this one gave me a stomachache.

This evening I called on Dr. Ignatz Oljenick, another of H.C.'s pupils in Boston. Spent a pleasant evening with him and Mrs. O., where we talked until midnight over tea, cakes, and whiskey. Dr. O. fell into reminiscences of his journey to America: how he succeeded so famously in obtaining four tickets to the Yale-Harvard game, his trips on the commercial airlines, etc. I had hoped that he would be operating tomorrow but there is nothing on the slate. Told him about the propeller vibrating and he telephoned to the K.L.M. service man who, I am relieved to know, is prepared to do overhauls, so we will stay over tomorrow for that. O's. house is worth a visit itself. He has a fine office on the ground floor with a large desk and a great high back office chair. It is surrounded with bookcases, but the upper two or three feet of wall is papered. Paneling is very dark. The staircase is lined with early engravings of famous hospital, etc. The upper floor has a coffee room, in pleasant dark colors, as well as a living and dining room. They have made good use of brass.

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