Sightseeing & Touring Amsterdam with Travbuddies amidst the deafening cold

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There is no feeling like that of cold burning against your skin and your nose feels like you can't breathe. If you have read any of my  blogs, you know by now that I do not particularly care for cold weather. I love warmer climates.  I must admit it was very hard to do much of the sightseeing with temperatures way below zero degrees with a wind factor of less than 5 miles an hour. Today we are doing some sightseeing with Margie and her girlfriend both from Philadelphia. The four of us started off to the Red Light District with no plan other than to see as much as we could. The cold claimed the day with no mercy for the many souls walking the streets. Nonetheless people walked by as if it were ok to be out in such cold temperatures.

Prior to my journey, I had packed all kinds of warm clothing, but none of them measured against the cold. We braved the cold like all the other visitors and residents walking the street. We managed a coffee break at the Dam Square before deciding to go to Madam Tussaud’s; it was closed for renovation, what a shame.

My Ugandan girlfriend Agnes and I, were booked at the Ibis Amsterdam Central hotel right next to the Station and within walking distance of the Red Light district. We were within walking distance of a few attractions, so we decided to walk down crossing the canal bridge and into the crowds headed to the district. The crowd was massive, we were rubbing shoulders at street crossings with tourists already in town and those coming off trains from the station. The wind was brisk at first and the temperature was bearable (7 degrees C) at 11:00 am when we left the hotel. But after an hour of walking and having coffee, it felt like minus 5 degrees C. We continued our sight seeing making a stop at De Haag and the center where there was a music festival taking place.

"Travel is an exciting and adventurous passion, it is quite expensive but the reward outweighs the expense. If you can afford it, do it!" Africancrab.

wanderinggoddess says:
Beautiful. Amsterdam is really top on my wish list.
Posted on: Jul 14, 2009
Africancrab says:
Margie, it was fun but freezing. If only the weather had been kinder. The coffee break was awesome - my coffee cake was heavenly. You guys were great company
Posted on: Jan 09, 2009
margie_adventure says:
It was fun walking around the red light district despite of the freezing weather. Also, we were so lucky to have found "Mr. Dutch" saving our ass from the cold :-D
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
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I amsterdam
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The Central Station
The Central Station
Central Station
Central Station
Central station - love the archite…
Central station - love the archit…
I have never seen a concentration …
I have never seen a concentration…
Information centre
Information centre
Canal cruise boat on the move
Canal cruise boat on the move
Train station beneath my hotel
Train station beneath my hotel
A view from my Hotel
A view from my Hotel
Ibis hotel view from the bridge
Ibis hotel view from the bridge
Busy streest even amidst the defea…
Busy streest even amidst the defe…
Outside of the IBIS Hotel
Outside of the IBIS Hotel
The church across from the railway…
The church across from the railwa…
At the Dam - WWII memorial
At the Dam - WWII memorial
WWII Memorial at the Dam
WWII Memorial at the Dam
WWII Memorial at the Dam
WWII Memorial at the Dam
WWII Memorial at the Dam
WWII Memorial at the Dam
My friend Toon
My friend Toon
My goofy Irish friend
My goofy Irish friend
Agnes arrives from London
Agnes arrives from London
Toon and I
Toon and I
Touring the Red Light district
Touring the Red Light district
Agnes & Toon
Agnes & Toon
A view of the Red Light district
A view of the Red Light district
Me and Agnes by the Church
Me and Agnes by the Church
Agnes, Me and Margie by the WWII m…
Agnes, Me and Margie by the WWII …
Can you see the sex shop? :)
Can you see the sex shop? :)
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all colors, an…
www.condomerie.com all colors, a…
Agnes could not help it . . .
Agnes could not help it . . .
My nose hurt like crazy from the c…
My nose hurt like crazy from the …
At the Dam square, it was freezing…
At the Dam square, it was freezin…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to goi…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to go…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to goi…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to go…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to goi…
Dinner at the Chinese prior to go…
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