I had a lay-over in Amsterdam on my way back home. I decided to take advantage of this situation and ventured into the city.
Three things makes Amsterdam world famous – Van Gogh, Coffee house, and lastly the Red-Light District. My hotel was near the airport. After taking the train to the central railway station in Amsterdam, I walked to see the Van Gogh museum, which is 30 minutes away on foot. Before seeing Van Gogh’s exhibits, I did not know if it was hype, like Picasso, or not. But, after seeing the exhibition, I was impressed by this mad-genius, who cut-off his own ears and committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart. Nowadays, it is easy for us to say what is abstract or modern art. However, it took a genius to define the style of Van Gogh. His approach was quite unique and original. He rarely mixed paints on the color-palate. Instead, he dabbed the canvas with the raw pigments and using contrasts between the colors to create image and depth. This was truly pioneering, especially the art-scene of Paris was busily occupied with painting bourgeoisie ladies. Monet ounce said that he was heavily influenced by Japanese art. However, he never visited Japan. I guess that he must have been influenced by the impression of Japan rather seeing it with his own eyes.
Amsterdam has many Coffee House. But, it does not sell Starbuck Coffee. Rather, they sell Marijuana and other narcotic drugs. To return to the train station, I also crossed the flower market. The street of Amsterdam is filled with bicycles.
The Red-Light District is worldly-renown. The Dutch has turn it into a prosperous industry. There are over 900 legal prostitutes in Amsterdam. Walking down the canal, the tourist can window-shop the goods, who are dressed in lingerers and occasionally throw an enticing look and even open doors to strike-up a conversation with pass-byer. According to the tourist magazine, the red-light district is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city with low crime. And, the surrounding streets even have many day-care centers. Live Sex show is also a popular attraction over there, where you can see couples engaged the real actions, and old lades teasing audience with banana show and funny S&M. While next door to the sex-shop, you can enjoy a nice meal, ranging from Donerkebab, to Sandwich, to Peking Duck, and to the Amstel beer, I did not feel hunger. Instead, I returned to the airport and had a microwaved Indian dish for dinner.