The Ultimate Juxtaposition

A little over 8 months ago, I visited Amsterdam as the second city in my two-month tour of Europe (Reykjavik was the first). In one of the strangest stories from my trip, I ended up staying at a Christian hostel in the heart of the Red Light District which specifically stated at check in: “If you are found to be drunk or high, we will kick you out.” So basically the opposite of what you expect in Amsterdam.
In the ultimate juxtaposition, guess where I am staying this time round in Amsterdam? A hostel whose parent company owns both a GIANT coffee shop AND a HUGE pub steps away from my hotel room. With a second pub that opens at 10am and closes at 4pm on the first floor of the hostel. Pretty much the entire street along the canal is devoted to the pubs and coffee shops owned by the parent company. And the entire place reeks of the smell of Vancouver. Soooo, basically the polar opposite of the hostel 8 months ago.  
Because why would that juxtaposition not exist in my life?
P.S. Dad – Don’t worry, I’m not going to be like my brother and get so high I can’t find my hotel room. And I’m still alive.

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