Casper, that's a great looking wall. Amazing actually. How do you deal with the winter climbing situation as Holland has some very horrible weather come wintertime...or did I just go in a bad year?
In the winter the outside wall is closed, it is only possible to climb inside. They are open from 10am 'till 22.30. It's quite a large wall so it's no problem with the number of people etc. It's the same like this in other climbing walls. I guess it's only climbing inside in the winter.
On the subject of contraband though, I was under the impression that most people in Holland actually frowned upon Marijuana use and their main reason for having it legal is the tourist attraction? There are not many places in the world where one can freely purchase the drug, perhaps only Copenhagen comes to mind.
That's the idiot thing, marijuana is not legal. We only tolerate it. That's why I came with the peanutbutter story. It's illegal to farm marijuana, but you're allowed to sell and use small portions of it. Thats Dutch policy. I think we have to ban the marijuana use, because of ethical and health reasons. Many other people think we should legalize it. Dutch government is afraid of big steps that will lead to uproars.
What about your so called 'Red Light District'? This too must be a huge tourist drawcard. Do many Dutch locals hang out there as well? I just can't imagine being so stoned and horny and then scaling a 35 meter tower!!!
That's the most known area, but all of the big city's have area's like this. Most of the time crack addicted hores just stand along the road waiting 'till someone picks them up by car. Local government has even made special parking grounds with walls between the parking-lots, so one doesn't see the ass of his neighbor.
I think mainly Dutch guys visit these areas, but I don't actually know for sure because there's not much news coming out of these areas. We're all a bit ashamed of our prostitutes so we keep it as our little secret.
The last years more and more city's decide to bann the prostitutes, which I think is very good. Unfortunately, half of the country thinks we have to bann prostitutes, the other half thinks those poor little girls don't have any income left!
To be honest, me and many others don't have anything to do with drugs or prostitutes, it's just for some sick dudes without a wife, or for some 19 yr old junks without any education. And half of the world (guys like you) don't really see the problems, but only think Holland is the drugscapital of the world!! Wauw!![/quote]