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Dental Nostalgia in Amsterdam

May 9th, 2017

 

As the notes about my blog state, I’m 53 years in this dental business.
Back in 1967, exactly 50 year ago, and after 3 years’ apprenticeship, I was given my initial sales territory: Holland, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
50 years ago, I started selling dental products here in the Netherlands.
And today, I am back here (perhaps for the 100th time) and shall take you for a little walk down Nostalgia Lane.

First, proof that I am in Amsterdam.
Do you know any country that promotes its cheeses as well as the Netherlands?
Yes, in many countries, there are fromageries – but they feature ‘cheese to buy’ from all over the World.
But you won’t see them at every tourist street corner or at the airports etc., as in the Netherlands.

 

1 cheese

 

A few meters away, I arrive at Nes, considered the oldest street in the city.
I stand approximately where one of my customers used to be. There’s am RHO hotel there. I am confused.
Then I see the sign above the doorway: Drijfhout & Zoon. It’s the same building, and there’s the proof!
They were primarily suppliers of precious metals to dental laboratories.
Customer # 1179…I was selling Jelenko products to them, especially the gold alloys.
Those were the days.

 

2 hotel

 

I went inside, and was happily surprised to see that they had retained the old look – now a beautiful hotel lobby, with Art Deco design.
In the old days this beautiful place had offices in every direction.
They told me the hotel had been established in 1990. That’s about right; I stopped working for Jelenko in 1982!

 

3 hotel lobby

 

I continued walking along Nes…the old style on the left, the new on the right.
Strange effect, but that’s Amsterdam, a cacophony of old and new.

 

4 street

 

At the other end, next to the Old Mill Souvenir shop, I gaped at the building where I actually stayed for a few weeks.
I had a Dutch lady friend in those days – had met her playing tennis in London. And when I arrived in 1968, she and her boyfriend invited me to stay with them in Nes.
Look at the view we had from the back windows – and still today…

 

5 view

 

Dental is a great world of which to be a part, and Amsterdam is a great place to sell dental materials…

Smile – Support your dentist

 

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The Streets of Amsterdam

August 21st, 2014

 

This is supposed to be a blog for Dental Tribune. Well, I’ve never really known the definition of blog, and I was given the OK to write about whatever I want.

But if you want a taste of dental….While crossing the busy Damrak street, a car driver greeted me in Hebrew (I live in Israel, buy the way. Please don’t stop reading…). Now THAT’S a surprise….When you think about it, the fact that it was perhaps the only dentist in Holland I know who is Israeli makes the coincidence even greater.

This is Summer. School vacations have started. Busy. And Amsterdam is one of those cities that is ALWAYS packed with tourists, at least in the central areas. Add to that the excitement of the World Cup, and you have noise, vibration, atmosphere. (I watched the semi-final is a pub, surrounded by young Dutch – half of whom were female. I recorded the last 2 minutes of the penalty shoot-out. My iPhone almost imploded).

But what’s special about this city is that when you take just a few steps away from the main street, you are confronted with….well, let me take you by the hand and walk you through the streets  of’ Amsterdam….

I started along Nes, which is said to be the oldest street in Amsterdam. (I lived on Nes for a few weeks, back in the late 60s. I had started my sales trips: Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland was my initial territory, and I did co-travelling – sometimes a week with each salesperson! I was 6 weeks in that Nes apartment, belonging to friends of mine I had met through my tennis club in London. But that’s another story).

Nes is parallel with Damrak; it runs into the famous Dam Square. And yet the silence is wonderful.

Every corner is a potential for a cup of coffee – This incredible chandelier, which I presume kids bump into all the time, is in the reception area of the Hotel V, a cute boutique hotel the glass entrance of which welcomes you with ‘From Amsterdam with Love’. At the back, a canal of course. And this is a busy day….

These first 2 images show buildings from the University of Amsterdam. Notice NOT so many bikes parked here…..school is out! And as you can see, they’re having fun…

Keep glancing up when you walk Amsterdam streets (and down, to avoid falling in). Rarely are two buildings the same, and often are they independent structures of beauty, The 2nd and 3rd  images above are actually on Damrak. The neighbouring white house must have something VERY interesting to cause the brown one to lean over like that.

Just ‘down the road’ is the very popular flower market. One side of the street are the coffee places, restaurants, souvenir shops and, as you see ‘cheese boutiques’. Facing them, backed onto the canal, are the flowers stalls. They show everything – with the exception of …cut flowers. Very few of those. This is for people with gardens, roofs, terraces and window boxes. (Just in case you’re having trouble deciphering the images, the 2 on the right are mini-cactuses..(or should that be ‘cacta’?)

And bulbs….every colour, every size, every shape – loose and in boxes and bags. If you want it, they have it.

And when you DON’T want it, when you want your peace and quiet, just turn left at the next little corner. Silence awaits….

Smile – Promote Your Dentist

Stephen

 

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Open House in Holland

October 5th, 2011

It’s a little ‘unbalanced’ of me to mention Henry Schein so often in my blogs, but they ARE rather large and important – and they DO buy my company’s products.

In the Netherlands, Schein holds 2 ‘Open Houses’ per year. In April, it’s the ‘big one’, got to be one of the most successful such shows in the World. In September, last week, they have what they call the ‘Kennisdagen’ – Info Days, where the emphasis is also on lectures, product information, education.

Sorry, no pictures of the expo, but I do have some nice scenes from Amsterdam in the sunshine…

Bikes everywhere, of course. 1 hand, no hands. Mobile in 1 ear, iPod in the other. Brakes? Perhaps. Passengers everywhere, including this dog. I even saw 2-wheelers with a box on the front, carrying four(4) kids, each and everyone of them looking quite content – and unstrapped.

Heineken is one of Holland’s leading brands. By day, this is a very popular tourist attraction. Very…

This dentist (‘Tandarts’) has molar lighting on his balcony – and just look at the gorgeous ceramic figures in this private window…

Back to those bikes…parked everywhere of course, some of them seemingly for the rest of their lives. The houseboats along this particular canal were so attractive; flowers both on and off board. A great place to sit – a dangerous place to park. (They say they have to fish out at least 1 car per week from the Amsterdam canals).

Canals, flowers, bridges and bikes – and more flowers..just look at this wall…

Amsterdam – I’ve seen it packed with everyone on the streets and the water lanes. But when you find a peaceful corner to sit in, it’s special.

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