Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So...2 months back in Canada during the summer were great. Good to see family and friends again, take in the sunshine and work up in Whsitler and listen to just a ton of great live music.



But...alas, September and fall was fast approaching and you know what that means. Get the &^#@ out of dodge. There were a few options but in the end the next destination and town for the Young family to stir up was to be Istanbul, Turkey.



Decision made on Aug24th, booked on the 25th, out of the country on the 1st. BUT...why transfer in Europe and come right here, school doesnt't start till the 8th. Transfer in Amsterdam, yah, we can spend a night and couple days 'relaxin' there.



Poor Jerry (dad) dropped off the rest of the teaching gypsies at YVR and we met up with another teaching friend we knew from Northern China (Paulette) at the airport. So, there we are, myself, Dushon/Scott (bro), Lynne (mom), and Paulette ready to (hopefully) enbrace a new langauge, culture and people in the not so far east.

Check the vid me and Lynne made - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4107929786308411617

Arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in the early morn and setoff to find a hotel and a place to drop off bags. Dushon somehow still had a pretty good sense of direction around downtown Amsterdam even though I don't even want to imagine the condition he left last time through on his Europe trip.



Found us a place, dropped the bags, grabbed a shower and then next mission an Amsterdam Cafe. We came across a nice lil place called The Joker. Paulette is a born n bred BC women so she was more than happy to treat us broke (alcholic chronic) English teachers to a few g's. Upstairs, rollin, smokin and chillin was pretty sweet. It's built up so much and really from the BC days it wasn't anything mind boggling (the goods or the whole idea) just the fact that it's legal and sittin down with mom and a big spliff.

The weather was pretty miserable and we did as much trekking through the old alleys and along the cannels as possible but none of us were really dressed for the cool and rainy weather. Luckily there were more cafes along the road for us to 'dry off' in!

I was leadin for awhile and saw what looked like a cool old school and hip street that I decided to peruse. half way down i realize the hip look came from the red amber lights emenating from the side shops. look left, right, everywhere, ahhh girls in lingerie and less!!! as i did in Seoul i managed to unknowingly stumble into the red light district. guess i have a good sense of.....

The red light district (if i can say this) seemed to had more tradition and culture to it than the one in Seoul, but i think the one in Seoul was in square blocks more busy/full. didnt see shows in either place but had fun walkin and playin with the pimps and ladies.

Couldn't sleep as jet lag was in full effect but we also still had the remnants from the 3 cafes to finish before our mid-mornin flight the next day so we stayed up all night chillin and watchin some Dutch TV.

Took a wicked walk round the bay area and along some cannels by myself at dawn which was the best part of the trip for me.




A man is just a man,

Filled of faults and weakness,

For a young Jerusalem all alone and speechless.

Nighttime, nobody's home, roam streets in darkness.

I feel I'm just a man, flesh and bones, homeless.

- Matis Yahu

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