This might get a little dirty...
Trip Start Dec 30, 2006
84Trip End Jul 27, 2007
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Unfortuantly, the hostel I stayed at in Amsterdam wasn't the greatest. It was expensive and rather institutional. Not a great vibe and during my stay I didn't meet up with anyone special, despite sleeping in a room designed for twenty people.
Twenty people at 24euro a night per person brings in an impressive 480euro a night...or about $740 cdn...for ONE room. I think I was in the wrong line of work. That said, as a guest, twenty people in one room does not a good night sleep make.
As much as possible on the trip I have tried to eat local food. Avoiding "American" fast food joints was a goal before I left and, although I was expecting to see them on my trip, I have been surprised at the vast number of them and also the amount of business they appear to do. In Portugal I found a good use for them...I quickly found that American fast food places have great washrooms. I feel no guilt using them for just this purpose, whereas if I go to a local cafe or restaurant I would feel obligated to purchase something. Not so with McDonald's and KFC and other places like that. If anything, they probably owe me for all the years of business I've given them in Canada.
Somebody at McDonald's must have wised up to my scam though because when I walked into an Amsterdam McDonald's I encountered my first fast-food pay toilet. Really just a lady outside the entrance whome you had to pay 0,25euro to before you could enter. It looked like her job was then to keep the washroom clean and stocked up. It had been a long day and I had been looking for a toilet for awhile by this time. That may explain why I felt bad at only having paid 0,25euro after I left that McDonald's. The poor woman...I only wish I had had more money on me.