First Visit: June 2007
Number of Times Visited: 1
Cities Visited: Amsterdam
Favorite Memory: Although I probably could have died, my favourite memory in Amsterdam was the day we rented bikes to ride through one of Europe’s most bike friendly cities. Back in 2007 I was not as experienced of a cyclist as I am now, and I was somewhat timid. Alex and Tom were bombing along, hopping curbs with no problem, but I wasn’t quite as brave. At one point they dashed ahead to beat an oncoming tram across a street, I tried, but ended up getting my tires stuck in the tram tracks and fell over. Luckily the tram slowed down and I was able to get my bike out of the way, a little more embarrassed and determine to become a better rider!
- What would a visit to the Netherlands be without a trip through the Red Light district? We definitely took part in a few such strolls, and it was something else to see all these women from all corners of the globe displaying themselves in their neon lit window. We definitely did not enter any rooms, although some of the women definitely tried to convince us. The one I remember most was one rather large lady who chased after Alex down the street yelling: “Hey Chicken boy! Come back and chat!” We walked pretty fast out of there.
- To accommodate the large number of tourists in Amsterdam who get the munchies after visiting one of the many coffee shops, there are many fast food vending machines in Amsterdam, and from what I recall, the food dispensed by them was pretty tasty.
- Running in to a childhood friend of mine named Dave in the lobby of the hostel we were staying in. Dave puts my travels to shame, being an official member of the Travelers’ Century Club, he has been living abroad basically none stop for 8 years or so, and 2 of the 3 times I have seen him in the past decade have been in Europe on chance encounters.