(American flag flying from the Old Dom in Amsterdam.)
This from Kevin Lynch in A'dam.
Wow! I went to A'dam with some friends and watched the innauguration there. There was a whole day of celebration. I saw a special carillon concert with music from American composers at the tower of the historic Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the city centre of Amsterdam. The Dam Square looked like Times Square on new Year's Eve. I heard from people in the city (including the Mayor of A'dam) that Rotterdam and Den Haag had massive gatherings as well. Apparently Dutch citizens everywhere were watching in bars and restaurants -- some of which set up big screens in every room to accomodate the expected crowds. Good thing they did...thousands of people, from all over the world, were packed into all kinds of venues! The party's still going on at 8pm our time...but I had to stop in this Internet Cafe and write you about what's up. It's amazing...and very touching, too. I had no idea it would be such a big deal. Lots of happy tears from onlookers. I was congratulated at least a hundred times! Glad I didn't stay home and watch on TV. I missed the Berlin Wall coming down by one day (I left Europe after a three week tour the day before it happened). This made up for it.