Amsterdam – Surviving the Red Light District & Good Bye
Going back home is always a very sad time for me.
I set out from the hotel towards the Central station in order to head for the airport. However, rather than take a leisurely stroll, I took the shorted path and quickly realised I was passing through the Red Light District. Thankfully, it was morning – so was mostly deserted. Here is:
Maria’s Guide to Surviving the Red Light District
- Know where the Red Light District is on the map to avoid it.
- Mornings are less busy (so walking tours during that time are probably better).
- If you end up, look straight (to avoid getting killed by gazillions of bike locals used), but not left or right unless turning.
- If you hear knocking on a shop window – Don’t look in that direction – that is what you’re avoiding.
- Avoid smaller alleyways. as they are less expensive so would have more such shops.
We did a boat tour on the beaten path to kill time and set off to the airport. It is always a bitter sweet time, the end of a trip – looking forward to going home but secretly wishing the time could extend; the not caring about anything, not having to make breakfast or washing dishes – lol, just looking for mini-adventures, fun weekends, seeing different people, practices and languages is nice. Getting a culture-shock and going outside the comfort zone is even better.
One more advise – try to get cash in order to avoid spending extra many places charge on credit card usage – which is unavoidable in some hotels and train stations.
Overall I would rate Amsterdam at:
|Wearing Abaya without getting stares:||Yes|
|Being a Muslim and walking around:||Comfortable|
|Halal food Availability:||Mostly doner|
|Mosques available:||Some areas|
|Was it worth going:||Yes|