The Amstel River, Amsterdam, Holland
One of Rudy’s friends who came to the barbeque and festival with us has a brother who lives in Amsterdam, and he so generously let us stay with him there! He and his other three roommates were all studying in Amsterdam to be PE teachers, which was really hysterical because here you almost exclusively hangout with people in your major, so we got to know a lot of future gym teachers really well! They lived just outside of Amsterdam and liked to joke that it was the “Harlem of Amsterdam,” although it seemed really beautiful and safe to me! We didn’t go anywhere without our big, bad protectors after dark though. We spent our days exploring rivers, walking through town, and sitting at cafes sipping coffee. We ventured into the Red Light District, which was certainly an experience! I’m not sure it’s something I need to see again though. I think I’m too informed about the world to find any enjoyment out of a bunch of miserable women selling themselves to try to survive. Every window we passed, to me, was just a glimpse into Hell, and the faces of many of the women told me they seemed to agree. We did get to see the Van Gogh museum and “I AMsterdam” sign though which was so fun! One of my favorite things about this trip so far has been the past few days; we are starting to settle down and really just enjoy where we are. We wander around, drink wine, and stick to areas that are less touristy so we can really get a feel for the countries were in and it is absolutely wonderful!