About a month a group of ten of my friends and myself included left Barcelona for a weekend in Amsterdam. I was so excited because I heard how much Amsterdam has to offer. I was really excited to see the biking culture and all the crazy experiences Amsterdam is famous for.
Nevertheless, this trip did not go as I had planned. The first night, I went to a concert with my friends which I regret so much. Everyone was telling me that concerts abroad are nothing like the states. Well that’s for sure, the concert was worse. I didn’t really want to go to the concert in the first place, but everyone I was with had wanted to and I was ready for a crazy concert experience abroad. But man that was not the case. It was the most basic and boring concert I’ve ever been to, and it only lasted one hour to top it all off. SO, lesson learned. Go with your gut and don’t do something just because everyone else wants to. There goes 100 euros down the drain and a night in Amsterdam that I could have spent doing cultural things.
Going in a giant group was also a mistake. It took forever to get everyone up and out ready to go. There were 10 of us in a giant AirBnB and every morning, we didn’t get to leave the house until around noon. There went a good portion of the day wasted. What I didn’t realize was traveling in a huge group is hard. It was even harder when trying to split bills and figuring out who owed what to who. It was basically just a mess. If there is any advice that I can offer- TRAVEL SMALL. Big groups sound fun, but in the end its just more complicated. I learned that the hard way. It was frustrating trying to fit everything we wanted to do in three days when there was a big group of us.
On our last night we were all exhausted from going out the previous nights and long days filled with adventure. Someone I met at CEA had told me to go see the sex show at Casa Rosso. Now, I know the Red Light District is a huge part of what Amsterdam is famous for. It was so bizarre that the women in the window standing before me was real. I couldn’t even fathom it. When the person I met had told me to see the show, I definitely was expecting crazy- but I was NOT prepared for what was in store. I decided that I did not want to google what the show was about and that me and my friends wanted to just go and see what was in store.
Woah. This was the most uncomfortable, weirdest, and bizarre event I have ever paid to see. 20 feet in front of me were people having sex right on stage. This was not what I was expecting. I’m not really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but I for sure did not think I was paying to see live porn or for volunteers to get up on stage and participate doing funny skits with the people having sex on stage. To say the least, I think I could have done without this event.
Some parts of the trip were cool, like I really enjoyed seeing the biking culture. I actually almost got ran over about 12 times. Those people are FAST. It was fascinating to see that no matter what time of the night, there were thousands of people riding their back to get around. And the beautiful canal that is in the middle of the City Centre was an amazing site to see and sit along enjoying a meal and some wine with my friends.
All in all though, I think this trip was more of a learning lesson for me. I realized not to just go with the flow and to do things I want. I also realized it is soooooo much better to travel in smaller groups. It just makes the trip all around easier. I’m really sad I didn’t get the experience I wanted and didn’t get to see all of the beautiful things I had wanted to, but I’m glad to have learned my lesson. After spending so much money on this trip, I now know what not to do in the future.