Queen's Day

"Former times when Amsterdam was still Mokum (the Jewish name for the city) Koninginnedag was the one day in the year when 'free trade' was allowed on the streets and you could pick up real bargains. Nowadays, of course, it's all trash sold by commercial market folk. (...)

On Queen's Day a wind blows through winter's cobwebs. And it's the only time I ever feel that I live in the city with people who really live here, who don't just subsist."
from Portable city, by Jan Rothuizen, Weekly Amsterdam, issue 17

photos by Jasiek Bielak