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Amsterdam by Wheelchair

Here’s a video I came across recently: “With a Wheelchair in Amsterdam: A Wheelchair User’s Spontaneous Trip”. It’s in German, with some English (and no captions, alas). It’s a “get packed and go to the airport and then we’ll tell you where we’re going” thing. Items I found interesting:

  • The presenter talks about how accessible Amsterdam is, but she’s constantly having to get help to get up one step into the hotel, one step into the boat ticket office, one step into the bus, one step into the…you get the idea. Here in the US, I tend to assume if there’s a step at the entrance, there’s no point in trying to get in, because what’s inside isn’t going to be any better.
  • Wow, look at how she’s carrying all those bags! That’s all I’m going to say about that.
  • She spends over an hour trying to find a toilet, then reiterates how pleasantly surprised she is by Amsterdam’s accessibility.
  • I have got to figure out how to go down stairs like she does.

Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6br6RWJG-lI

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2E_jGz_6fU

Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbu8GGGPRyY

Katja

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