Sorry for not writing earlier. It has been very busy at the Tesla HQ. Here is my new story:
What was once a dark and seedy part of town has turned into Amsterdam pride itself; “De Rossebuurt/ de Wallen also known as the Red Light District”.
The Red Light District has a long history of love and hatred. It all started around the 1960s with window prostitution. Thanks to the sexual revolution, the amount of windows grew rapidly.
You might wonder why it is called the Red Light District? It’s because of the red glow at night due to the red lighting of brothels, windows and clubs.
For tourists it is the area of alcohol, drugs and sex. It is very likely that you have heard about this neighbourhood and to be frank, everything you will have heard is probably true, but it is best to check it out yourself Come down at night when de district really comes to life. It is definitely worth visiting!
You can relax and taste the warm atmosphere day after day. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city I live in.
I have a special connection to this area. One of my best friends used to live there. I always get this question, so if you were wondering if she is a prostitute.., the answer is NO (she is only the coolest lesbian I know and happens to be one of my best friends).
That’s also a great thing I learned there; By Juulsz (my friend) living there I learned to embrace and have no judgements on the fact that people may be into prostitution, do drugs or pornography- they are all human – like you and me.
I remembered the first time I went there, on my own… My mom hysterical! “Why did they move to that area? It is so not safe there!” She was so afraid that something might happen to me which made me scared for that area. Therefore, Juulsz promised my mom to pick me up at Amsterdam Central Station. A new world opened to me! I experienced THAT amazing feeling that tourists feel.
Juulsz and her mom gave the coolest, nicest, extraordinary parties I have ever been to. We sung, we danced, we laughed, we cried, we talked; we did almost everything at these parties. I learned a lot about sexuality, acceptance and so much more! I met so much loving people with different backgrounds; prostitutes, actors and so on…
Do you recognize this guy? Hint: Game of Thrones…
Mishaël Abia Lopes Cardozo
Now, eight years later, I experience a different kind of joy. I can honestly say that I feel like home when I walk through this area. I enjoy watching people; see couples holding hands and pointing in shock, Japanese and Chinese tourists that don’t understand that they are not allowed to take pictures of the ladies or all the groups of male tourists that walk step-by-step to check out every prostitute.
It’s really what you see is what you get. Except for the Amsterdam Banana Bar… You don’t eat bananas there. Exactly what goes on in this place is up to you to discover, if you wish hahaha!
You can find window prostitution in the following streets: Barndesteeg, Bethlhemsteeg, Bloedstraat, Dollebegijnensteeg, Enge Kerksteeg, Goldbergersteeg, Gordijnensteeg, Molensteeg, Monnikenstraat, Oudekerksplein, Oudekennissteeg, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Sint Annendwarsstraat, Sint Annenstraat, Stoofsteeg en de Trompettersteeg.
Here are a view tips if you want to visit the Red Light District:
– Enjoy the street scene.
– Visit the Cannabis museum
– See the Old Church, it’s the oldest church in the city
– Do not take photos of the occupied windows
– Watch out for pick-pockets
– Visit the Condomerie – It is a kingdom of condoms. You can get here all colours, shapes, sizes and flavours. Some are even hand painted but are for decoration only.
Just remember that the Red Light District is certainly not a dangerous place to stay. It is actually quite safe and a well-controlled part of the city of Amsterdam.
I want to thank Juulsz and her mom for all the great parties they gave at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal!