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The Amsterdam trams
After a great night’s sleep on the rather comfy bed, it was back out to the streets of Amsterdam. We started off walking downtown through parks and side streets and along canals. By 11, however, everyone wanted to do their own thing and we split up into groups. I didn’t have much interest in seeing Anne Frank’s House or touring another brewery (Heineken this time), so off I went with my friend Hope to stroll, shop, and see what we would encounter.

After attempting to reach the central train station, we ended up about a mile east of it. It looked so far away, but we knew we had nothing else to do so we headed back towards it (From central station, it is very easy to navigate Amsterdam.
Leidsplien area. The gray plastic thing in the middle of the picture is a portable urinal.
From anywhere else, it was virtually impossible for me). We had to make a lunch stop at a kebab shop on the way. I don’t know if I have mention kebabs yet, but they are very different from what you are imagining right now. Instead of some meat and veggies on a skewer, picture a pita shell full of shaved lamb, lettuce, tomato, onion, some sort of special kebab sauce that is delicious, and French fries. Awesome. I am slowly but surely getting the class addicted to these inexpensive morsels of greatness. They are very common across France and The Netherlands.

After the kebab stop, it was time for some shopping and strolling. It was a very relaxing afternoon even though it was a bit chilly (about 55F) but sunny. Around four, I somehow navigated the two of us back to the hotel for a much needed nap.
Hope in front of the kebab restaurant.


Once everyone else returned, we had a quick dinner and headed towards the red light district. The last time I was in Amsterdam and in particular the red light district, I was in seventh grade and didn’t really have much of an idea about what was going on. This time around I knew what was up. We (as in all 11 of us) wandered down a side street and found ourselves in a world of red lights. Every light post and prostitute window was equipped with fluorescent red lights. Prostitutes in windows and sex shops dominated the street.

After a couple blocks, we decided to see if we could check out a live sex show (why not). Unfortunately, the cheapest we found was 20 Euro a person and lasted an hour. None of us wanted to fork over that much money to watch an hour of sex. So we just kept strolling until we found a café to relax at for a bit.

We were lucky enough to find a table outside that faced a row of prostitute windows. Now this is one of the more interesting places to people watch. We focused on one girl and her negotiations. After this particular prostitute turned down about four potential clients, she finally let one in. Seven minutes later, out he comes still zipping up his pants. All of us are watching him and laughing as he tried to hide his face from our flashing cameras. All he did was laugh with us and walk away. After that, at about 1:00am, we called it a night.
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The Amsterdam trams
The Amsterdam trams
Leidsplien area. The gray plastic …
Leidsplien area. The gray plastic…
Hope in front of the kebab restaur…
Hope in front of the kebab restau…
One of Amsterdams many bike paths.
One of Amsterdam's many bike paths.
Dam Square
Dam Square
Dam Square again
Dam Square again
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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