XXX

Amsterdam is definitely more than the Red Light District and prostitution, which is why I find it humorous that everywhere I look I see XXX.

No, it is not just me, or the fact that I come from a country with a repressed sex drive.  It is because there are three Xs in the Amsterdam coat of arms and they use them to mark nearly everything here in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s coat of arms has a shield that is red and that has a pale black stripe that runs down the middle with three vertically ordered silver or white Xs, otherwise described as Saint Andrew’s Crosses.  I was told that the three Xs represent the three dangers of ancient Amsterdam: fire, floods, and the Black Death, but apparently that is just speculation and has no historical basis.

In any event, it has become a game for me to find the triple X wherever I go.

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