Crazy times

Trip Start Dec 19, 2007
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Trip End Apr 16, 2008


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Monday, March 3, 2008

Amsterdam, the city where you come and go and don´t remember a thing...at least Wendy left with some memory. Stepping off the train it took all of 45sec until we got our first wiff of the green stuff. Our hostel bordered the red light district and we could see the girls working from the hallway just outside our dorm room. The lobby in our hostel was always hazy and there was always someone smoking up at any given time of the day. Like always we took part in the free walking tour and also did a red light district tour at night. We learnt much more than we needed to know about the area. For instance if you come across blue mixed with red lights you may notice a little bulge down below. Theres even an indoor area where the girls are able to come out of their rooms and do what they please to persuade customers to take a seat in their love chambers. In the streets the girls aren´t allowed to step out of their main doors so they very influencial suggestive methods of attracting attention. Mixed in these areas are men trying to sell drugs, in one sentence they would cough out ¨cocahashmethspeed¨ or some varient letting you know the services they offer. We were told on one of our tours that they actually have no drugs to sell but really are just all addicts. Much of the area is being closed down in attempt to clean up their reputation. The red light district was a lot smaller than we were originally expecting.

Apart from the red light district Amsterdam is a beautiful city with lots to offer. It has an amazing system of canals, a lot of the building are tilted as they are built below sea level and the ground is contantly moving. We toured the Anne Frank house and went to a couple more museums during our stay. The Heineken Tour unfortunately was closed so missed out on that.

We ran into come people from Kelowna that we met in Munich and we hung out and drank some beers.

For a day trip we took a train to Zaanse Schans, which is a small traditional dutch village. (Kinda like fort edmonton park) We toured windmills, ate cheese and saw clogs being made.

The bikes paths were amazing yet again, and the number of people who rode bikes was phenomenol.

The weather during our stay was horrid, it even snowed for 10 min one day although it didn´t stick around. Wendy wore pretty much every piece of clothing she owned a few of the days. We hoped Brugge weather would be better.
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