In case you were wondering, the Danish do really eat a lot of danishes (but they call them "wienerbrod"), and the towering Dutch really made us feel small in stature.
Funny quote: "Now that's gotta hurt," exclaimed a sweet American grandmother upon scrutinizing an Amsterdam storefront picture of some wild sex act.
And then there was this excerpt from one brochure´s "Walking tour 'dark' Amsterdam":
"A tour through dark Amsterdam can be rather illuminating because of the visit to the famous Red Light District
. The excursion starts at the prostitute information centre where we will offer you a drink. A former prostitute will explain the system and you are able to ask any questions you may have. The visit to the "Wallen", the Red Light District, is perhaps the most interesting part of this tour. There you can see live, the oldest profession in the world. The tour continues passing old monuments, and goes through small streets, one of them the famous "Zeedijk", in the pastone of the most dangerous streets of Amsterdam, where seamen went looking for amusement. Nowadays, because of the disappearance of the harbour, the shady bars have been replaced by typical Dutch pubs, and they are certainly not dangerous any more. During this excursion, we guarantee your safety--you are accompanied by a very trustworthy guide."
In case you were wondering, no, we didnt take this tour!
Our brief tour around Amsterdam and Copenhagen coincided with the blossoming of Spring throughout Northern Europe. The streets were packed at all hours of the day and we were left wondering if anyone really worked.