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Goodbye Amsterdam

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I left Coffeeshop The Noon talking to myself as a writer: "It is with a great sense of relief that I think of leaving Amsterdam" —and I breathed a sigh of relief.

With no remorse and all that. "I'd leave today if I could... Hey, wait a minute."

Of course I can't leave today. (Though I can't think of why.) And to hurry to Spain, where I'm bound, would be silly by Spanish standards, I think.

But I decided to find out when I can leave, economically, soon.

It's a Saturday. Reisbureaus (travel agencies) open on Monday. Book a flight as soon as I can get one for cheap.

I want to be in Sevilla for the new year. We'll see. Accommodation at that time?

— December 2000

• I flew to Seville on the 24th of December.