Dark Green in Zuidas “Zuidas - Amsterdam’s Green Heart” …is not
Then there’s the Amstelpark - direct
And what better way to celebrate All Souls Day
a phrase anyone ever says. But Zuidas does
neighbor to Zuidas - where the truly quirky
than a trip to the graveyard? The Cemetery
have some nice, green options - even in the
Amsteltrein train runs on Wednesdays and
Buitenveldert is probably the biggest green
dark months of November and December.
weekends through November (Sundays in
spot in Zuidas you’ve never noticed. Nestled
For Sint Maarten (St. Martin’s Day), my
December). The engine is a reconfigured old
in between Fred Roeskestraat and the A10,
kids’ school always held a ceremony in
Volkswagen, modified for the mini rails. And
it’s surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Yes, it’s
Beatrixpark. At night. We’d build a couple
the rails don’t just take you on a trip through
Catholic, but it’s open to the public. The last
fires and heat up some chocolate milk for
the changing colors of autumn - they take
time I went, there was no religious test at the
the kids and gluhwein for the parents. Then,
you back in time, with an architectural tour
gates; just a friendly gent who reminded me
slightly tipsy, we’d be called upon to lead the
of all the mini-structures that were purpose-
the cafe was open as well. Yes, the cemetery
kids on a procession through the forest in
built for the Floriade Exhibition of 1972.
is a somber place. But as I exited and found
the dark. It really builds self-confidence for
Yes, back then people really thought these
myself in the middle of so many students
the kids when they’re the ones who have to
concrete and glass structures looked right at
getting out of school, I realized - sometimes I
rescue the adults.
home in the middle of the woods. SO Zuidas.
prefer hanging out with dead folks.
Gregory Shapiro (b.1968) Comedian. American. Dutchman. And the voice of Trump in the ‘Netherlands Second’ video from Zondag Met Lubach. Shapiro came to Amsterdam to work with Boom Chicago comedy theater and never left. Along the way he has hosted ‘Comedy Central News.’ He has written 2 books on Dutch culture, including How to Be Dutch: the Quiz. His new show The Madness of King Donald: A Trump Tutorial comes to Amsterdam in February.
Photography Davien Hulsman