One of the many hundreds of parlours in Amsterdam’s Red Light District within De Wallen. Photo from Adobe Stock.
Amserdam: sex, drugs and tourism
As I stood and listened to the tour guide blabber on about an old, historical church, my eyes wandered over to the dark skinned woman standing in the neon-red lit window sill. An old man walked into the parlour, took her hand, the curtain closed and the lights turned off. There I was, in probably the most tolerant country in the world were marijuana, psychadelic truffles and prostitution are “legal” — or I guess I should say tolerated. Amsterdam, located in the Netherlands, is a beautiful city, full of diversity, historical architecture as well as sex, drugs and tourism.
A reflection into the attic that Frank once hid away from the Nazis in. Photo by Broderick Visser / Spoke News
Anne Frank house
The Anne Frank house is an educational and eye-opening experience and is a must-do. As I walked through the rooms where 13-year-old Frank hid to escape persecution from the Nazis, I realized how compelling and remarkably humbling this place was. The audio tour is about an hour and is available in nine languages.
As I walked out of the house and onto the streets, I realized there are two things you need to watch out for, trams (light rail carts) and bicycles. I couldn’t tell you a time where I almost didn’t get hit by a bike. At least at first, I learned quickly as I stumbled between bicyclists pissed off at another brainless tourist.
FEBO fast food vending machine. Photo from Abobe Stock.
While in Amsterdam, there are over 1,000 restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for something fancy, I recommend Restaurant Bureau. While I was there I didn’t really know what I was ordering. I saw “steak tartare” on the menu, so I assumed it would be a traditional steak — but oh was I wrong. It is actually a raw steak paste-like substance with a raw egg yolk and added spices. It is quite expensive, so if you’re looking for something cheaper, go elsewhere. There are plenty of places like “Manneken Pis” where you can get a cone full of Belgian fries with any condiment imaginable globbed right on top. Or if you want a self-serve option go find yourself a “FEBO,” a fast food vending machine with traditional Dutch food and is delicious, especially the kroketten.
The Pier SkyView in Scheveningen, Netherlands. Photo from Adobe Stock.
The sun glistened off the water as it became night. I strolled down the boardwalk admiring the beauty of this city’s coast. It is remarkable, like something you’d see in a movie. The sun began to set and gave off accents of red, pink and yellow in the night sky.
Scheveningen is a gorgeous coastal city located an hour southwest of Amsterdam. The most beautiful place is the pier, which features a white and black ferris wheel where you overlook the whole coast of Scheveningen. It glows white at night. There is also a boardwalk with different restaurants, beach clubs and a casino. It is a great place to go for a romantic vacation or for a nice afternoon in the sun on the beach.
One of the many canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Broderick Visser / Spoke News