Amsterdam, Day 2. Solo Exploration
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I woke up far too early on my 2nd day in Amsterdam. Such is hostel living, despite my thinking that Iâ€™d be the one getting up earlier than everyone else. I had spent my last night in a hostel on this trip. I walked to my hotel that I would only spend one night in. It was not far from the Prinsengracht and only a few hundred yards from the Anne Frank house. I had to walk all of the way back toward my hostel after I dropped off my bag at the hotel to meet my new Australian friend. I was excited about my new friend, but our lines of communication must have gotten a bit messed up the previous night as we werenâ€™t able to reconnect. And as I didnâ€™t know her name or her friendâ€™s name I would have to continue my time in Amsterdam on my own. Ah well, such is life on the road.
With freedom back in front of me I set off to see more of the city. After stopping by for some lunch and some tea I was off. I pride myself on my ability to get around any city and always know exactly where I am, with or without a map. Amsterdam is the exception that proves the rule. I thought I knew the general proximity of my location throughout the entire afternoon and evening only to stumble across something that I knew of but was sure I couldnâ€™t have been near. Sure enough, I was so far away from where I was that I had to concede that the boasting I had done the previous day about being a human compass was complete garbage. I realized where I was as I was walking along a canal and I heard a knocking off to my right. Imagine my surprise when I look to the right and saw a rather attractive woman in her underwear illuminated by a red light trying to get my attention. At least I was seeing the Red Light District, which is something I felt I had to visit anyway.
A little wandering through the district, a stop
into a sex shop just to say I was in one, and then it was back up to the
Leidseplein area for dinner and perhaps a little bit more ice creamâ€¦yes, I was
naughty with my sweets for 2 weeks. A
short stroll along the Prinsengracht back to my hotel left me with just one
full day remaining in Europe. TravBuddy
meetups on that final day, a nice way to say goodbye to my journey.