A WEEKEND AWAY IN AMSTERDAM ・NETHERLANDS

I don’t like visiting cities without knowing a thing or two about them when I leave. In Amsterdam, there are several Walking Tours but the company I highly recommend is the Sandemans New Europe Walking Tour. They also have tours in several other cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Prague, London, Madrid and Tel Aviv.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Anne Frank

As mentioned in my previous post, Linda and I went on two walking tours run by the same company- Red Light District & 3 Hour walking Tour of the City of Amsterdam. The Red Light District Tour was fun, especially considering it was a typical Saturday evening and seeing all things you hear about with your own eyes, in action proves to be an invaluable story to tell thereafter. Yes, there are girls in the windows, they are absolutely stunning and yes, they wear close to nothing, pouting seductively trying to lure you in. No, they are not trafficked. They are registered with the city council and considered self-employed. They also pay their taxes and reportedly earn between 2,500€-35k a month. You can find out more about prostitution in this district via this blog, written through the eyes of a Romanian woman under the pseudonym Felicia Anna.

Ne volim posjećivati gradove, a da neznam nista o njima. U Amsterdamu
postoje nekoliko turistickih agencija ali tvrtka koju ja preporucujem
je Sandemans New Europe Walking Tour. Oni također organiziraju izlete
u nekoliko drugih gradova poput Barcelone, Berlina, Bruxellesa, Praga,
Londona, Madrida i Tel Aviv.

Kao sto sam vec spomenula u prethodnom postu, Linda i ja smo isle na
dvije pjesacke ture koju organizira agencija Red Light District i 3
sata smo razgledavali Amsterdam. Red Light District tura je bila
zabavna,s obzirom da je bila tipicna subotnja vecer, stvari koje
cujete,a kasnije vidite vlastitim ocima, u praksi su zapravo
neprocjenjive price koje kasnije mozete ispricati. Da, postoje
djevojke koje poziraju u prozorima potpuno gole i zavodljivo vas
pokusavaju namamiti unutra. One su prijavljene u gradskom vijecu i
smatraju se zaposlenima. Također placaju svoje poreze i navodno
zaraduju izmedu 2,500€-35k mjesecno. Mozete saznat vise i prostituciji
u ovom krugu putem ovog bloga, istinito je napisala rumunjska zena pod
pseudonominom Felicia Anna.

Uvijek uzivam u setnji sa obrazovanom i strastvenom voditeljicom. Lee
(Leandra De Vallois-Franklin) je bila nas vodic u nedelju na tri sata
i moram reci da je upravo ona bila nas uvod u Amsterdam sto sam
zapravo i trazila, pogotovo jer noc prije nakon dugog i hladnog
krstarenja nismo saznali nista.
Upoznavanje sa nacionalnim spomenikom prije svega govori o povijesti,
Lee je bila vrlo strpljiva i puna prica. Kasnije smo osli do Red Light
District zatim do kineske cetvrti. Jeste znali da je katolicka crkva u
samom sredistu Red Light Districta? Oh, Amsterdam je pun
kontradikcija. Amsterdam je umjetan grad, infrastruktura je pazljivo
osmisljena zbog cega cijela regija dobro funkcionira i nema prometnih
guzva. Vecina ljudi voze bicikle jer je ekonomicnije i lakse je doc do
grada. Mjestani bicikliste nazivaju psihopatima. Kazu 5 bodova ako
pregaze turista a 10 bodova ako turist drzi kartu dok to cinite. Tako
nam je Lee rekla. To je zaista smijesno.

Iako se setnja gradom sa vodicem smatra besplatno, predlazem vam da im
date 15€ napojnicu jer oni kao vodici moraju platit 3€ agenciji. Dati
napojnicu je pristojno, zar ne?

AdrianaKupresakBlog | Amsterdam AdrianaKupresakBlog | Amsterdam

I always enjoy a walking tour with a knowledgeable and passionate local, Lee (Leandra De Vallois-Franklin) was our guide for just over three hours on a windy Sunday and I must say, she was exactly the introduction to Amsterdam I was looking for, especially after an excruciatingly long and cold canal cruise the night before that taught me nothing. Meeting at the National Monument and firstly talking history, Lee was patient and full of stories as we then headed through The Red light District and then down through China Town. Did you know there is a Catholic Church right in the centre of the Red Light District? Oh, a city full of contradictions…

Amsterdam is a man-made city, the infrastructure was carefully thought out which is why the entire region is well-functioning and there are no traffic jams. Majority of people ride their bikes as it’s more economical and easier to get around the city. “Locals on their bikes are called psychopaths. They say five points if you run over a tourist with your bike, ten if they are holding a map when you do so,” Lee tells us. It’s funny until you almost contribute to that ten points.

While the Walking Tour is considered “free” please bear in mind a fair tip at the end should be given at your own discretion. I suggest at least 15€ per person as these tour guides must pay 3€ per person back to the company they work for. Tipping well is good karma and don’t we all want that?

Where to Party in Amsterdam Without The Weed ・ Gdje ici na party na otovrenom?

Jimmy Woo

Typically Tao Group, the strict door policy draws a fine line between crabs and lobsters. Located in the district of party goers and people willing to kick on their evening, this elegant venue will enjoy the fact you waited in line for several hours before turning you away. It’s their reputation. If you do manage to get inside, order their famous szechuan flower shot. It’s not as painful as it looks but it’s definitely an experience to remember.

Tipicna Tao Grupa, stroga politika povlaci tanku liniju izmedju rakova
i jastoga. Smjesten u cetvrti stranackih posjetioca i ljudi spremnih
udariti na njihovo vece,u ovom elegantnom mjestu cete uzivati u
cinjenici da ste cekali u redu nekoliko sati prije nego vas posalju
nazad. To je njihova reputacija. Ako ne uspijete ući, narucite njihov
slavni szechuan flower shot. Nije tako bolno kao sto izgleda, ali je
svakako iskustvo za pamcenje.

Bar Italia

The crowd here is late 20s-30s and as the night progresses can get pretty messy. As mentioned in my previous post, smoking is allowed inside this bar and a visit to the bathroom will cost you 50cents. It’s an intimate bar that overlooks a pretty canal but who notices that when there are tribes of candy everywhere?

Ovdje zalazi publika kasnih 20-tih i 30-tih godina i kako noc izmice
kraju mozes postati prilicno prljav. Kao sto sam vec spomenula u
prethodnom postu, pusenje je dopusteno u tom baru i WC ce vas kostat
50centa. To je intiman bar sa pogledom na dosta kanala, ali tko to
primjecuje kada postoje plemena slatkisa svugdje?

Club Nyx

This is the perfect after party, located in Amsterdam’s gay quarter. Three levels of fun to suit whatever high you’re at. If you arrive sober like I did, you will still have a memorable time- just lose yourself on the dance floor on level one.

Tu je savrsen after party, nalazi se u Amsterdamskoj gay cetvrti. Tri
kata zabave, odgovorat ce svakome bezobzira sta volite. Ako dodete
trijezni kao sto sam ja ucinila, i dalje cete imati nezaboravnu noc i
samo cete se izgubit na plesnom podiju.

I must also mention the exceptional bar and bar staff at Feijoa, down the road from Nyx who entertained us- or possibly the other way round on our final night in Amsterdam after dinner at Huf.

Takoder moram spomenuti osoblje u baru Feijoa, koji se nalazi ulicu
nize od Cluba Nyx tamo gdje smo se zadrzali tj. gdje smo proveli
zadnju noc u Amsterdamu nakon vecere u Hufu.

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The Wall of Bottles at Huf

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Missed ADE by 2 weeks…. not happy

 

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