on November 10, 2005
It's not as bad as everyone says it is. It is perfectly safe in the daytime and at night it is still fairly safe, as there are police everywhere, but there are also dealers on every corner, so just walk by them and say nothing and they will leave you alone. Some of the things you will see are rather amusing, the giant - ring, it's a bar but they have the statue to go along with it. There are a ton of sex shops, coffee shops, and standard bars. The girls are in the windows all day long, but they are covering what you wouldn't want your mother to see! Just in case you live in the dark ages the Amsterdam coffee shops are Marijuana shops, the usually don't have coffee, and beware of the pastries as well they may be special so ask before you eat. The BullDog is the most popular coffee shop but there are tons. Also Mushrooms are legal and you can find those in stores in the Red Light I didn't see any in coffee shops. This is also a great place to get pictures of the canals during the day and there are several cheesy souvenir shops here.
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