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Preconceived Notions: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 7, 2008 in Preconceived Notions |

The famed Amsterdam red light district.

The famed Amsterdam red light district.

Las Vegas on acid.

To imagine Amsterdam, I take my perspective of Holland - canals and curving, narrow stone walkways - and add that to gross excesses of hedonism.

The stories of decriminalized drug use and sex parks in a noted party town tend to blossom into legend, a legend that visitors - and I suspect some residents - want dearly to fulfill. How much of that I partake in is unsurprisingly probably small, but I’ll be interested to see how troubled I am with it all.

Sometimes I am just skeeved by such things - seedy underworlds and such.

How open the drinking, the drug use, the prostitution will be - for our midweek stay - and how present Amsterdam’s history will be are interpretations I can’t yet decide upon, but my thoughts now are leading to the extreme.

Speaking of Holland, I should add that I have long been frustrated by the geography of the Netherlands. Though I have long had an interest in the subject, I have made some silly mistakes differentiating Amsterdam the city, from Holland the region, from the Netherlands the country. Trips like this are good for learning and remembering that kind of thing, though.

A geography lesson and more. We should be arriving in Brussels shortly, where we’ll hop on another train to Amsterdam. We’ll be there by noon local time, 6 A.M. in Philadelphia. What we find - writing, photo and surely video - will follow.

Anyone have Amsterdam experiences that they care to share or advice on the subject to give?

Photo courtesy of FortheLoveofBush.

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1 Comment

jorge
Jun 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

hell no i disagree strongly i love amsterdam getting bom weed and fucking chicks in the parks its the best place ever!!!


 

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