At around 5:30 p.m. my Contiki tour group arrived at the Blue Square Hotel where we spent the night. We quickly put our luggage to our rooms and had a bit of time to freshen up before heading back down to the lobby.
At 7:30 p.m., a buffet dinner was served.
After dinner, we wasted no time and headed straight to the centre of Amsterdam for a canal cruise.
Once everyone was seated, we started the night off with Flugel shots and took it the Dutch way! We shook it, opened it with our teeth, took the cap, stuck the cap on our foreheads, and then took the shot. 😛
The cruise was about an hour or so and it was a pretty relaxing cruise and a great way to get to know everyone from my tour group. There was an open bar, too, so everyone really loosened up and got us ready for what was coming next in the agenda, which was, of course, the famous Red Light District!
Our tour guide told us a little bit about Amsterdam. She said that in Amsterdam, cyclists are the kings and queens of the road, not drivers or pedestrians. In fact, cars are expected to park as close to the edge of the street as much as possible to avoid cyclists keying their cars!
Another fun fact told by our tour guide was that in the middle of the Red Light District, there is a church and a kids’ day care (if I remember correctly? or was it a playground?). I wasn’t able to take a photo of it, though.
She also told us that when the curtains of house boats along the canals of Amsterdam are closed, it means that something (sexy?) is going on inside and that the Dutch always leave their curtains open for most of the time.
Another fun fact: the oldest prostitute in the Red Light District of Amsterdam is 85 years old. 🙂
After the canal cruise, we walked and headed straight to Casa Rosso to watch a sex show! On the way there, we finally saw the women of the Red Light District up close and personal. I would say it was pretty cool. I really liked some the women’s neon light clothing. I wouldn’t say I was shocked not because I have seen anything like it before because I haven’t but I kind of had an idea of what to expect although not really. I am not making sense right now, am I?
Anyways, all I am saying is that I am not going to be a prude and act all “oh my god! This is so weird!” because Hey! I was in the Red Light District of Amsterdam! Get over it.
Anyways, when we got to Casa Rosso, we were told that they were full and we had to wait and come back at around 20 minutes. The rest of us went and looked for a cafe to try some cupcakes. 😉
(We were told by our canal cruise tour guide, though, that marijuana is actually not legal in Amsterdam but is allowed. Whatever that means?)
I went with a few people and at the door of a Bulldogs Cafe, we were asked to show some ID and silly me did not have one. I changed wallets before heading out, so my driver’s license was in my other wallet. Sigh. My friends said they’ll buy a cupcake and take it out for me instead. I didn’t know they could do that so I was worried that I might not be able to try a cupcake on my one and only night in Amsterdam but they did! After devouring our one cupcake split between six people, we headed back to Casa Rosso.
We watched the show for about two hours. I would say the highlight of the show for me was the audience participation! We had a good laugh because most of the people from our tour were called out on stage. I can’t tell you what happened, though. You have to go and experience it yourself. 😛
After the show, half of us decided to stay out and party while some of us decided to call it a night, including me. I know I should have stayed out for a little bit more and see what a night life in Amsterdam is like but I was exhausted and I wanted to save my energy for the next day where we get to see Amsterdam during the day. I am not a party kind of girl anyway and I did not know how to get back to our hotel so I decided to go back with my new-found friends and split a cab with them.
It definitely was my favourite night of my whole European trip for this year!
Expenses: €31.50 for the river/canal cruise with the open bar + €32 for the sex show which includes two drinks. (*This is a discounted price because we were with Contiki. Do not quote me on this but from what I remember regular price is about €40 for the sex show with no drinks and about €50 for the show inclusive of two drinks.) + €15 taxi back to the hotel = €78.50