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When I Walked Down The Red Light Area Of Amsterdam At 11 PM With Eight Guys…

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This September 2018, I spent three of the best days of my life. I happened to witness Amsterdam, one of the beautiful cities the world has.

I was there for a purpose, so I had to stay occupied in daytime. But the evenings and nights, I could explore the city.

This was my first presence in Europe and I was all amped up. Right after the day I reached Amsterdam, I quickly made a few friends. Ah, I didn’t make it (I am a horrible person, not-very-social) but they happened. I must say, these beautiful Europeans with beautiful hearts were there to happen in my life.

When I left for Amsterdam I was fed with so much of expectations and wills to cherish in the city. That had doubled my joys and there was massive eagerness to witness everything.

“Are we going somewhere this eve?”, I threw curiosity to Ben and Sanjay.

“Yep”, they shared mutual response.

We decided to meet after 8 pm. Ben sent me the location where he was. He also WhatsApped me that there were few other colleagues of him along with Sanjay.

As asked, I reached the restaurant we all were supposed to gather. So many first-time instances were waiting for me. I entered the restaurant and the rest of everything was never experienced before.

One table full of beer glasses, eight guys sitting around it. I waved hello to all and we exchanged smiles. Ben and Sanjay were familiar to me, whereas all others were the ones I met for the first time. I sat in front of them and we got started with general talks. For the next one hour, I listened to them, their stories, shared some of mine.

For the moments I was with them on the table, I listened to the real life stories of how European culture is different from the Southern parts of Asia. Social mindset, eating and drinking habits, lifestyle, etc, have a wide range of dissimilarity between Asia and Europe and we were exchanging views about the same.

After the table moment, we decided to walk around Amsterdam’s most talked about place, red light area. Since I had plans to visit Amsterdam, I had been hearing from my team members and near ones not to miss the red light area. I took one of my seniors’ statement seriously that, “it’s not all about fulfilling the craving or looking at all those girls in bikini, it’s about witnessing a different culture, lifestyle and choices of people” which became the one reason I landed up there.