Amsterdam, Day 2. Solo Exploration

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One of those pictures you have to take, I guess

I woke up far too early on my 2nd day in Amsterdam.  Such is hostel living, despite my thinking that I’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 weren’t able to reconnect.  And as I didn’t know her name or her friend’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 couldn’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 cream…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.
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One of those pictures you have to …
One of those pictures you have to…
Not sure which canal this is.  The…
Not sure which canal this is. Th…
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Museumplein (I think)
Museumplein (I think)
Dam Square.  Had to have been desi…
Dam Square. Had to have been des…
I liked the boat as it drifted by,…
I liked the boat as it drifted by…
Anne Frank Huis
Anne Frank Huis
More Anne Frank
More Anne Frank
Still more Anne Frank
Still more Anne Frank
Start of the Red Light District
Start of the Red Light District
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Not sure if I was supposed to tak…
Thanks for the offer, but Ill hav…
Thanks for the offer, but I'll ha…
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