Amsterdam Travel Blog

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Here's to stereotypes.
Amsterdam supplies almost every stereotype you have about the Netherlands--the tulips, windmills, bike riders, and clogs. Let's not forget the pot smokers and sex workers. In fact, the latter two are so close to Centraal station that it is almost impossible to miss them. On my way to the Stayokay Vondelpark I walked through the infamous red light district, filled with women that beckon enticingly from behind red-lit and velvet-draped windows. It's interesting to see something so stigmatized in the States so accepted by another country--some might even embrace it (sorry for the pun). The area is very commercialized, with tourists roaming the streets and noshing on the many different cuisines available in the neighborhood. There are police every three blocks or so, and except for the occasional dealer pushing hard drugs, the neighborhood feels very safe.
The Concertgebouw concerthouse at the southern end of Museumplein

The other thing I see in abundance in the RLD are coffeeshops, the puveyors of herbal enhancement for the pot-smoking set. It looked like the patrons were from all age groups, but primarily were college-aged students that looked like they were taking their vacation here for one reason--to get stoned. Kind of lame, actually.

Right now, I'm lying on the grass of the Museumplein, a large lawn next to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. It's sunny and 23° C, and there are people lying all over the lawn soaking in the rays. There are bikers everywhere, most of them quite fit, riding clunkers on the wide bike paths that cover the city. The bike paths are present on every major road I've seen, and many are paved with brick, as are the pedestrian walkways. With no building greater than five stories high, Amsterdam has a very quaint feel to it.

jfish says:
So what's going on in Amsterdam? Is your motivation lacking from Dutching?

Posted on: Jun 10, 2006
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Heres to stereotypes.
Here's to stereotypes.
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