Today I woke up to the company of my 15 other suite mates. Luckily most of them were still asleep. I got dressed quickly and went downstairs to the lounge for my complimentary breakfast. We were each served two slices of bread with jelly, a hard boiled egg and a cup of tea. This breakfast wasn't much to write home about but the joint that we smoked to accompany it certainly was! All of the other people (dirty hippies) in the lobby of Bob's were smoking as well and it was literally so foggy in there I could barely see who was sitting next to me. We went out to hit some more coffee shops and do some shopping. (I should probably mention the vast amounts of bicycles that are EVERYWHERE! There are even huge parking garages just for bikes, no cars. A friend warned me to watch out for them and they were certainly right. All of the streets have a seperate lane for bikes and you need to be extremely cautious when crossing the street.)
Back in highschool I was friends with a foreign exchange student named Arne who is from Germany. Thanks to facebook, we have kept in touch with each other over the years and he was coming to Amsterdam today to meet me! We met up at a coffee shop and it was absolutely great to see him! He brought two of this German friends with him and they were both very friendly. We all ordered delicious hot chocolates made with heavy, heavy rich cream and shared joints with some other travelers. We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the tree lined canals and exploring the windy streets all filled with delightful boutiques and decorative houses. We even went on a canal cruise where we saw beautiful gothic style bridges and cozy houseboats. We finished off our afternoon with some "space cookies" and then went back to Bob's for a nap.
Kenneth woke me up from my nap with a nice big glass of Amarelo. This is South Africa's traditional liquor. It tastes like Bailey's and is delish! We polished off two bottles of this and then headed out. We walked to a square filled with street performers swallowing fire, performing magic tricks and playing multiple instruments at one time! We found a fun bar with a live band where we met up with the other Germans and had a great time!
After lots of drinking, dancing and smoking we decided it was time to go to the RED LIGHT DISTRICT!!! First, I would just like to confirm that-Yes, all of the rumors you have heard are true. The streets of the District are all lined with scantily clad girls standing in their windows trying to entice young American tourists into their panties! By this time Kenneth, Jaime and I were the only three left standing. Everyone else was back at Bob's passed out....and thats clearly where Jaime should have been. While walking from the bar to the District he stopped 4, yes 4 different times for 4 orders of Dutch fries smothered with mayonnaise. Apparantly he was having a very serious case of the munchies. So, as we browsed through the District shopping for girls he was stuffing his face with these mayonnaise laden fries! However, surprisingly enough this didn't keep the girls from noticing him and giving him a little peak! I have to say, the Red Light District is quite a dirty place. There were lots of sex shops filled with various toys, creams and other objects that I probably shouldn't mention. After discovering that the average prostitutes rate is 50 Euro, we called it a night and went back to Bob's.