The Good, The Rotten, and the Promiscuous Amsters

Trip Start Jul 02, 2012
Trip End Aug 14, 2012

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What I did
From Anne Frank's House to the Red Light District, Woohoo!

Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good old Amsterdam. As the title implies, Joshua and I had some amazing times, some really crappy times, and some bizarre, crazy-freaky times. First, I will say that we did enjoy Amsterdam and yes it is a great place to visit. The canals are unique, the houses lean, and the coffeeshops are a plenty(mmmm, space cake good). Let's start with the positive first:

The Good:
One of the highlights was our visit to the Anne Frank House. It humbles you, but it also puts into perspective what it was like for two families to be living in close quarters for two years. We were able to see the secret passage way behind the bookshelf, and the rooms behind it. I took a picture of the outside of the house, but unfortunately, photography was not allowed inside the museum. Another stellar moment was when Joshua and I rented a moped, and drove out to an old fishing town called Marken. The houses were very intricate, and the countryside was refreshing. When you visit Amsterdam, make sure to get out of the city and visit Marken and/or the surrounding towns in order to gain a better idea of what Amsterdam really encompasses. Lastly, I must comment on the red light district. It was filled with gawking tourists that cattled past the partially naked women, and yes it was good people watching. In the red light district, college young to senior old men were slinking into the doorways and red curtains were drawn signaling that their night just got better.

The Rotten:
I don't want to dwell on this one too much, but basically Joshua and I missed our flight from Amsterdam to Prague, which then set off the domino effect that created one problem after another. Yes we were extremely upset and yes we lost money, but the thing that just hit me hard was when the reality sunk in that nobody would take responsibility for the other obstacles that came our way. No one cared, and for four hours it just seemed as if we were taking one slap in the face after another. I felt as if I was in my own version of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy. I wanted so badly to tell Easy Jet where they could take their "Not Possible" comments. Whew....deep breaths. So what did I learn from all this? Do not assume anything. Remember the emotions that I felt so that I don't forget to help those that are truly in need. And Easy Jet, yeah, is not so Easy.

The Promiscuos Amsters:
We met some terrific people one evening as Joshua and I were enjoying some local beer at "In the Wild Bar". We sat talking to Martin and his nephew Walter for several hours, all the while poking fun that Martin was going to get in trouble from his wife when he came home so late. As we said our goodbyes, Walter invited us over to his apartment in the morning for brunch. Wonderful; it was a nice gesture and we were excited to try a dutch breakfast. Well, when we met Walter the next morning, he told us about a break-in that occured in his apartment building that happened in the early morning. His apartment was unharmed but he wanted to call the police to report the break-in, as the tenant that lived below was not home. So it gets even better. When the police arrived, they were very surprised by what they found. The entire apartment was a whole S&M chamber or torture room, whatever you want to call it. Crazy! The police were laughing, yet they were baffled because they had never seen anything like it. Can you imagine the shock when the theives broke in? I am pretty sure that nothing was taken....I hope? So what do Joshua and I do when all this craziness ensues? We take pictures like giddy tourists. We just posted one picture because we didn't want to creep everyone out. So you'll have to check it out. By the way, the owner never came home that day, and the police took down the information, and then sloooowwwly walked away.

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taylor on

lol awesome adventure. more photos of kimmy and josh please! the one with the giant shoes is adorbs :)

Jessyca on

That is a story to tell for years to come! Thanks for the laughs.

Nathan Cao on

Great story! I would like to hear more in details when you guys are back! lol

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