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Going over the edge

Over the Edge

My friend wanted to take me to a health spa for my birthday—a momentous occasion this year considering I’ve now passed the age Paul McCartney sang about in the Swingin’ ’60s. Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four? he crooned back in the day when I was a lovesick teen at the height of Beatlemania. The music resonated then, but decades later, with no human leash in sight, there’s no one to bother with such existential issues. Rather than rest and affirmation, I wanted something energizing and uplifting for my birthday, something with a little adrenaline kick to defy my inevitable descent into senior-hood.

So Liesl and I headed for the free ferry to Buiksloterweg at the rear of Central Station. Our destination: Amsterdam’s newest attraction: A'DAM LOOKOUT. Set high in the sky on the roof of the old Shell Tower that dominated the Amsterdam Noord skyline since 1966, the new icon on the Ij debuted in August 2016 as A’DAM TOWER—Holland’s answer to Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Berlin’s Fernsehturm and London’s Eye.

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