With a long drive to Heathrow airport, I was in two minds again if I really wanted to go! I was going to spend one night in Amsterdam before flying onto the Dutch Antilles Curacao the next morning with KLM.
I used to get excited about these trips, counting down the days. But now I kind of know what to expect. I really dont enjoy the journey anymore, its a case of just getting on with it, its not so bad once you are there. My last trip to Amsterdam I got to fuck some nice girls while window shopping around the red light district. I had my first Dominican girl and a gorgeous Bulgarian girl. So I hoped for a repeat of some of that. It was a Friday night early summer, so I expected a lot of tourists around. It would be interesting to see if much has changed around the red light district.
When I booked up my flights on Skyscanner, I had not checked the availability of hotels in Amsterdam. From a price perspective I was severely limited. I just wanted budget accommodation but not a hostel. The best I could manage was the IBIS outside of Amsterdam for 150 euros! Well at least it was only one night, from the IBIS I could take a taxi or bus into the city centre of Amsterdam.
Bus to Leidseplein
No checkin at Heathrow, had only carry on luggage, arrived with plenty of time. One good thing with the IBIS hotel is they run a free shuttle bus service from Schiphol airport. At Schiphol little stress finding the bus stop then had to wait around 15 minutes for it to arrive. Checkin to the IBIS and have a beer in the bar. A taxi from the IBIS to Central in Amsterdam is a ridiculous 70 euros! Just across the road is a regular bus service. The bus costs 6 euros and takes about 25 minutes and I jumped off at the Leidseplein.
At the Leidseplein thought I might enjoy a few beers and nostalgic moments before heading onto the red light district of Amsterdam. But the bars around the Leidseplein were packed out with tourists all people watching outside. So using google maps I walked to the red light district.
Red Light District Revisited
On first impressions from a distance, the red light district of Amsterdam or De Wallen did not look like it had changed that much.
Rowdy groups of mostly male tourists roaming up and down by the side of the canal, peering through the windows looking at what was on offer. Strips shows, more designed to strip you of cash these days. Coffee shops, still plenty of them although my cannabis smoking days are long past.
Walking up and down the side allies of the red light district, at closer inspection, there were a lot less ladies in the windows. Quite a few plots were up for rent. Sex for sale in the De Wallen is definitely on the decline.
The tourists were still here in numbers, but I guess many are just lookey loos more on a visit to Amsterdam rather than primarily the red light district. The quality of the women in the windows was way down too. Those that were available were mostly old and pass it with a few exceptions.
Of course wandering around the red light district of Amsterdam is all about timing. Any nice women are going to be quickly gone with the high number of horny tourists. Many curtains were closed, either busy or not working.
Had I done a bit of research before hitting the mean streets of Amsterdam, the area around the Singel canal is now more favoured by those who enjoy the hobby and window shopping. More laid back, less tourists. But for the most part P4P in Amsterdam is much like any other European city, escort sites and visiting brothels or private house (privhuis) .
I had seen enough, it was going to be too much work to try to get laid in the De Wallen tonight. Something was telling me also this was my last night in Amsterdam, I now had no reason to ever return.
I enjoyed a few beers watching all the people come and go. Had something to eat and took the bus back to my hotel. Next stop Curacao in the Dutch Antilles.