Anything Goes In Amsterdam

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Saturday, July 28, 2012

Day 80:  We left early for Amsterdam today, Emma has been looking forward to coming here the entire trip so I had to make it good for her.  We had originally booked in to Bob's Hostel, the reviews seemed pretty good and it was a hostel in the center of Amsterdam so we thought it would be pretty good.  When we walked in you could smell marijuana everywhere which we could live with but the common room was pretty dank and crowded, we had booked a 16 bed dorm which was the last one left but we thought that it would still be alright, the room was covered in graffiti, smelled like marijuana and the doors to most of the lockers had been ripped off.  Emma did not like it at all and would not go back in, so we got our bags, still paid for that night, and then headed off to find a new place to stay, we found a hotel which was a little more expensive but felt a lot more safer.  

We walked around for the rest of the afternoon, bought tickets for the Amsterdam Dungeon and the Heiniken Brewry Tour.  We eventually got some dinner then headed back to our hostel.

Day 81:  Today we started off by going for a walk, got some breakfast and evetually made our way to the Amsterdam Dungeon.  This haunted attraction was about 10 times scarier and better then the one we went to in Japan, which wasn't hard.  It told us about the history of the European area including shipwrecks, curses, the plague and ghosts, me and Emma must have done something to them when we arrived because we got chosen out of the crowd at least 3 times each, once I was the traitor on the ship that caused it to sink and I was killed and Emma was a witch that was put on trial because she was seen dancing in the street naked.  It was definetly worth going and we will most likely do the one in London when we are there.

Afterwards we went to the Heiniken Brewry Tour, as I have done this before there wasn't really anything new but I still enjoyed myself and so did Emma so that was good, even got a free gift. On our way back from the tour we stopped off at a bar had a few drinks and got a "Space Cake" to try and then after decided to go out that night, we moved on to a few bars and eventually we made our way to the Red Light District, Emma was fascinated, with a little bit of ewww chucked in, nothing had changed since last time.  We ended up staying there for a little while and even saw a show which was an eye opener but they involved the crowd a little and served you drinks so it was alright.

Day 82: Today we got up a little later then normal and we were a little hung over so we just spent the afternoon walking around the city and doing a little shopping, nothing too exciting, just taking in the culture of the place (even if it is very touristy).  That night Emma read her book while I went for walk around the area where our hotel is, not for any particular reason, just wanted to see what was around.

Day 83: Today we were more refreshed so we got up a bit earlier a walked around a bit more and then hopped onto a water tour of the city, this is a really good way to see parts of the city you would normally miss plus it gives you a bit of the history of Amsterdam, the tour went for about a hour and dropped us back off at the beginning which was near the Anne Frank museum but the line was too big so we decided to come back later.
We made our way over to the Torture museum which sounded really cool but it was a little disappointing, it was a self guided tour that told you about how they tortured people and for what reasons and they had models of the torture devices but what made it disappointing was that they didn't describe how the device was used and there was no interactive devices which would have made the tour much better.
At the end of the day we went back to Anne Frank's house and the line was still pretty big but Emma really wanted to go in and we didn't have anything else to do so we waited.  And it was a good thing we did because it was really interesting and gave a good history about the war and the concentration camps and the perspective that Anne Frank had and what she had to go through, was definitely worth going.
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