A Stroll Through the Red-Light District
The red-light district in Amsterdam is a very busy place with an odd mix of life in one small neighborhood. In a peculiar way it’s very beautiful—there’s so much happening both visually and mentally it takes a bit to process it all as you wander through the rouge-colored alleys. For obvious reasons, it’s a unique place to visit. As a woman it’s hard to look at the scene without thinking “What if…” And: "How do women end up here? Do they want to be here? In another life, could I be standing in their place?" There’s so much to think about while walking through this area. Even stranger perhaps is that this area is such a major tourist attraction. If you're looking for seedy, scary alleys, you won't find them here. But you will see tour groups, families, restaurants, and sex shops.
By Bethany Salvon & Randy Kalp, AFAR Ambassador
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De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands