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Amsterdam: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

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Since one shows his back and nose backpacking through the exit doors of the Centraal Station in Amsterdam in Stationsplein, he knows that in that city he will find experiences that will make him doubt if he is in a European country or in a territory of a universe "beyond" the logic and the established.

In addition to the house of Anna Frank, the Rijksmuseum, the walk through any of its 165 channels or the visit to the Van Gogh Museum (with about 200 paintings and 550 drafts of the “crazy red hair”), there are two activities that are also they find in the minds of most of its 3.5 million annual visitors.

One has to do with lighters or matches, cigarettes with shared content of tobacco and other substance (up to 5 grams), rock and roll as a musical backdrop, clouds of euphoric smoke and the loss of the notion of time and forgetfulness of Concerns: Coffee Shops and legal cannabis use.

The other is related to shop windows in which merchandise is displayed, voluptuous in some cases, not very attractive in others, under some generally red lights and with a room at the bottom, separated by curtains, in which the aforementioned merchandise can be inspected and more than that, for a price: the Red Light District and legal prostitution that pays taxes.

At this juncture of thought, tolerance, and attitudes, who finds it strange that it is precisely in this city where it is legalized to perform the sexual act in a public park?

This will be the case since September, and nothing less than in the central Vondel Park, open 24 hours a day and visited by millions of tourists a year as it is located in a passageway that connects the city center with the west of it, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

The idea is that the police do not devote themselves to persecuting the “sexual” users of the park, mostly homosexuals, but instead dedicate their time to monitoring and penalizing other less pleasant attitudes such as, for example, the owners who let loose their pets, which end up bothering cyclists and children.

The Councilor of the Green Party Paul van Grieken, presented this resolution and also the nuances that accompany any municipal regulations. It will only be allowed when night falls, it cannot be done outside a certain perimeter (the central rose garden), there should be no “garbage” after the act, they should not be too loud or seen.

Now the powerful gay lobby and other groups involved (from the Cycling Federation to restaurant owners and street stalls) analyze the fine print although the feeling is of "cautious satisfaction."

And those who live with their parents or share a room, those who depend on portals and dark alleys, those who do not have their own car or cannot turn to a friend's, when the need (or fortune) makes their appearance ... they will be wishing that Good weather arrives to visit Vondel Park at nightfall.

Via, Digital Journalist

Photos, © Pictures of Amsterdam courtesy of Amsterdam.info

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