So, we made it to Amsterdam! It was a 6 hour train ride from Berlin, but by now we seem to be used to that because we didn’t really notice. Amsterdam is really neat, it has a lot of old-world charm, it’s not the skyscraper city that I had imagined. It is also the bicycle capital of Europe! They’re EVERYWHEREEEeeeeee, because Holland is really really flat.
It is really architecturally pleasing here, there are tons of cool new buildings, as well as old canals and funny old houses. A lot of which are crooked :O
Amsterdam is also a shopping HEAVEN. It has, hands down, the best shopping in Europe. Both in selection of good and prices. Better than New York. They have the coolest clothes in the WORLD!! They’re so awesome, I’m kind of in shock I walked away with only three new shirts. I bought them in a market that happens every day on the street– they even have change rooms there! The clothes are of really nice quality too… Trevor wins the purchase game for the best deal- he purchased a Dutch Coca Cola flag that wasn’t even for sale, probably 12*8 feet, great quality: 15Euro. I also got a really cute big Pucca bag and this neat accessory that’s actually by a local designer: It’s like a belt… but they’re pockets! I thought it was really cool.
And it’s not only clothes, we found this random bookstore FULL of books ALL in English, at discount. Insane! So yes, hard to resist, but I am doing my best. Unfortunatley, food is really expensive. And Coke is ridiculously expensive. We is thirsty. And there is no bathrooms for free, even in the McDonalds .
Thankfully we have accomodation! Turak, our host is a Turkish Electrician who knows all the Russian Ladies He is very nice, and he took us to the infamous Red Light district– as it always is where it began behind the Stock Exchange Market. Honestly… the Amsterdam Red Light District is exactly how I would have imagined it– except for the fact that there’s a canal in the middle of the street, and there are no boobs. The Red Light District, for those of you who haven’t heard, is famous for its “Window Shopping”. It is lined with strip bars and adult shops, of course, but what’s bizzare are the rows of glass rooms where the ladies in underwear and bikinis beckon to you in person. There’s no other place like it… especially because it is not far at all from the rest of the city, not isolated in any way, and there are normal things, like restaurants and family homes in it… even a church! So it’s a bit of a mind trip.
This morning we went to see a fully functionning Windmill– it was really cool, but unfortunately the miller wasn’t ever able to get it started because there was no wind! But we did get to go right up inside it and see all the workings and learn why and how it works, so that was really neat. Probably most interesting is that all of the 8 people who came to the tour were from Vancouver~… fancy that.
No pictures, and believe me, it sucks as much for us because we’re now out of memory. Internet Caf