Pearls in the Shell is an insiders account of the author's time spent as part of the OCCUPY movement in Amsterdam, Holland. Poetic, playful, ponderous, and spiritual, this story incorporates the day to day life of squatting in the OCCUPY building with philosophical explorations of how our system works and why? The Shell building was a derelict laboratory built by the Shell oil company in the first half of the 20th century, situated in Amsterdam-Noord, behind the Centraal railway station. Many incredible events were to be held by the walls of the 'Great Laboratory', before it was forcibly vacated by the police on the 27th January 2012, some 3 and a half months after it had been squatted. This is an exploration of the events leading to the collapse of the OCCUPY movement, in attempts to bring hour and understanding to this great moment in history.