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Aalsmeer Flower Auction

Listed under Markets in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock…

The alarm went off at 5:15AM and I wondered why I was doing this to myself. It’s just flowers, I could sleep a little while longer – right? Yet my desire to see flowers ended up winning out over my desire to sleep; after all, this was the only time I’d be able to see the largest flower auction in the world – so what’s a little lost sleep?

Graham, my couch surfing host, decided to kindly come with me to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction just outside of Amsterdam near the airport. Unfortunately he’s not a caffeine addict like me, so we had a cup of decaf before leaving his apartment at 6AM. Fortunately he was with me and we were able to navigate a number of local transportation snafus/closures/construction – else I might have just given up and went and sat at a café for some real coffee skipping the logistical journey of flowers through this famous flower market!

The alternate bus route dropped us off by the large Aalsmeer auction building. Large doesn’t really describe it; I could use ginormous – but I don’t think it’s a word. The Building is the third largest building in the world, in terms of floor-space, covering 10.6 million sq ft.

We followed the group of workers (presumably) off the bus and towards the building; but soon one of them kindly asked us where we were going. We clearly looked like tourists considering I had 2 cameras and 3 lenses and Graham was also decked out in digital equipment! They told us due to the construction the bus had to drop us off behind the building and a shuttle would come pick us up and take us to the front. Ok fine, no problem, we’ll wait. That’s exactly what we intended to do until this very energetic man who worked at the auction basically led us by the hands into the back entrance of the building. He was talking to Graham and I was in a state of shock…we had just walked onto the distribution floor with carts zipping by us, trolley trains moving on tracks automatically, and here we were…two tourists.

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

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