Late in the evening we were back
with Angelo. We passed under the highway and
enterd the huge - but flat - building site.
These monoliths were the most
conspicuous pieces of architecture. They looked
inaccessible. We didn't know what they were, but
we would find out soon.
We passed some concrete building
blocks - a heavy sort of Lego - and things
started to look promising. We walked towards the
viaduct in the distance.
And when we climbed on it we had a great view
of the whole site. The viaduct seemed to go on
forever, so we followed it. Soon we entered a
part of the site where things looked more
All the time I had this "swimming
pool" feeling. The architecture caused it -
if you would fill it up with water it would make
a nice pool, with stairs to get out of the water.
We climbed down the viaduct and
discovered the tunnel. Which way to go? We
decided to explore the topside first - while it
was still light. The tunnels could wait - they
would be dark anyway.
Going up - towards the second
The active rail.
The side of the viaduct was made of hollow
steel pipes. Halfway was the biggest gap. It was
still too narrow for me - but Anglo performed a
contortion act and was able to climb inside. The
hollow space went on forever.
Now we were at the end of the
building site. We had a nice view of Rotterdam
and through my binoculars we could see people at
the train station Lombardijen.
Markings of the exact center of
the viaduct. Probably this will determine where
the rails will go.
Now we followed the tunnel in de
"down" direction. Soon we came upon a
set of unlocked doors.
Inside we saw some electrical
installation and stairs going up two floors. They
ended at a another unlocked door. When we looked
out we saw the flat building site again - we were
in one of the monoliths!
The tunnel became
very dark - it felt as if we were back inside the
metro of Charleroi. The tunnel had a few
interesting shapes and many ventilation shafts.
A bit further on we discovered a
fork in the tunnel. It was "Y" shaped.
We had entered through one of the arms of the
"Y". Now we made a 180 degree turn and
walked up the other arm of the "Y".
Now we were below the active rail
line. Each time a train passed I would jump - it
sounded as it the trains were coming at you
directly. And Angelo discovered a very useless
In fact - trains
from the station were really coming directly at
us. But fortunately they made a turn and didn't
go into out tunnel. But it sure was frightening.
We turned and walk towards the
exit of the tunnel. Now we were in the foot of
the "Y". We entered the last monolith
and found a hatch leading to a ladder.
Unfotunately it was only a cellar filled with
ground water. It didn't go anywhere.
We passed under the
highway again, this time one floor lower. You can
see this ventilation shaft in the second picture
of this story. We had come full circle now.
Angelo tried to use
a thick steel plate as a springboard, but it
wasn't as spectacular as expected.
So to compensate he climbed out
the hard way - using crack climbing techniques
and wedging his sneakers inside a rectangular
depression in the concrete.
We made grateful use of the site's facilities
and decided that the expo was a huge success. It
was getting dark and above us unsuspecting
couples were driving to parties. When we arrived
at the parking lot some mysterious transport was
leaving. I think they were homing pigeons.