Amsterdam – the city of freedom that has been gained and lost at the same time. While I did not have any grand expectations of my trip there, I did indeed feel as if some part of me wished it was different. Cultural and mesmerising during the day, while packed and crowded by the night. If I had to describe Amsterdam in one word, it would be – search. Search of new pleasures and adventures, of feeling free and unattainable. Search of getting lost in a moment and feeling happiness.
And at the same time it’s a loss of any borders or lines of integrity. You walk around the red light district and all you can see is naked women in the windows and a lot of drunk window shoppers looking and desiring, screaming and laughing men who look like animals that have been let out of the cage for the very first time. I must say, although I’m not against freedom, I do feel comfort in some basic behavior norms. Otherwise in a place where everything is for sale, you have two roles to play – either you are a meat or a butcher, unless you want to be an outsider, which is also an option?!
Despite or maybe because of this diversity Amsterdam is a must. I even found myself in a Buddhist temple in a middle of the old town, right before we checked out the first adult toy shop a couple of streets further. For all the street art, boats, bike traffic and beautiful arhitecture. For all the mixed emotions you will have. Go there! Try it out. But maybe go there with a group with fun friends. Definitely a strange place to have a family vacation.