Day 21

12 October 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Anne Frank House was the first thing on my list of things to see today and it didn’t exactly work out well. I didn’t have pre-booked tickets and if you don’t have them bought and printed then you have to wait until 3:30 to go in. Okay. No problem. I went back later in the day and the line goes all the way down the street. The line was at a dead stop so maybe I’ll just try again tomorrow.

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I wandered through the Red Light District and saw all the beautiful women in the windows. I then make my way to the Museum of Prostitution. I was excited to see everything and learn a bit more about sex work but I hesitated before I went in. The men standing at the door gave me an uneasy feeling. I glanced in and men were behind the counter collecting money. I don’t want my money going to these creepy men that are looking me up and down. I’m not sure if who owns this is a man or a woman but I can’t get myself to go in. If I could give one of the women in the window next to the museum money to get in then I’d be down to go but I know it doesn’t work like that. ALSO, these women work hard and tourists are stopping, staring, and some are even taking photos of them. If you’re going to stand and stare then at least put some money in their door. Jeez.

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-not my photo-

I walked for a while more and came to the Sex Museum. It was… interesting. Some of the displays were really great. There were even a few photos and paintings that were truly beautiful. …And then there were giant penises. Yes, giant penises.

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Food. I needed food desperately. I don’t know how I made it this far into the day without real food. I found a cute vegetarian place called Moaz. If you like falafel, this is the place for you. It’s pretty reasonably priced for a meal and you can put pretty much anything in the pita for no extra charge.

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I walked more and more and had a seat at a café once my legs turned to jello. I got a cappuccino and called my mom and Samantha (The Wandering Sloth!). I let the day sink in as I watched the people walk by. Then I saw a woman in the square making big bubbles like the bubble man in London! I went over, gave her money, and asked if I could take her photo. I love it. I love it so much. This photo makes my heart so happy.

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On my way back from aimlessly walking, I found a small art supply store and bought a sketchbook and pencils. Hopefully I’m able to make something decent eventually. Wish me luck. I’m heading to bed in a bit and I need to wake up early tomorrow to move to the next hostel.

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