December 31st, 2008 – by: Africancrab
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.