|note elephant's head, Big Ben, and statue of Liberty|
|full monty offerings|
We then turned down a street and encountered the Old Church (Oude Kerk) in front of which is a statue of Belle, an homage to sex workers around the world. From there we wandered up to a canal that featured an outdoor urinal complete with a prodigious pisser. Down we came to an alley, and Mary told me we turned down there. The passage is so narrow, people walk single file down the alley. In front of me there was a rather suspicious looking young chap who I assumed was a pimp, so I kept my eye on him and thus missed the "working girls" who stand in the windows and look enticingly. In fact, out of the corner of my eye I saw an image in the first window and assumed it was a statue; when we reached the end of the alley, Mary asked what I was doing. I answered where's the bordello (I assumed they hung out of windows or over railings like New Orleans in Madi Gras). She said we had just passed three or four--I missed them all.
|narrow alley approach|
|windows, actually rooms, with women on display|
|me, passing obliviously by|
|definitely NOT me|
|missed this wall entirely--still watching pimp|
|University of Amsterdam|
By this time Mary was exhausted, and we had a long hike back to our room for a rest. After we got back, the rains started so we were in for the rest of the day and night until our departure early the next day.
|last look out our hotel window|