Saturday, August 19, 2006


Everything you have heard about this city is true and more! We arrived and were greeted my miserable weather. Our hostel was right in the middle of the Red Light district and filled with 18-19 guys there to sample the typical Amsterdam goods. Didn’t meet to many people other then a group of Italian heavy metal stoners in a coffee shop fresh from a heavy metal festival. The red light district was crazy, you could walk 5 metres without being hassled by African drug dealers selling everything under the sun. The hookers in the windows are a sight to be seen to be believed. There are all types, blacks, Asians, fatties, trannies, grannies etc. They occasionally bang on their windows to get your attention, its pretty full on. Single girls don’t even think about walking around this area at night! Food is ridiculously expensive so we couldn’t eat out at a restaurant, only maccas and kakabs were within our price range which was horrible for the diet. We also went to the Marijuana Museum which was great, they even have about 10 huge plants growing inside! You can get away with anything here. They even have these shops called "smart shops" which sell hallucinogenic mushrooms, they have about 6 types ranging in strengths and features which they will helpfully explain to you at the counter. We also went to the Van Gogh Museum which was great. We did a river cruise and caught a train outside of town to see the windmills and the country side. Our photos will be up soon

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