Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 17 of 58 › view all entries
June 7th, 2009 – by: reger1520
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.
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.
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 didnâ€™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 cafĂ© 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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