We've already talked about the coffee shops. But what about the famed "Red Light District"?
You can see the red lights along the right side of the alley. In addition, if you notice, almost every person in the picture is a man.
We wandered through the Red Light district to see what it was like. Imagine a department store window display, and replace the manikins with scantily-clad women knocking on the windows in an attempt to be alluring. It felt like some type of scientific experiment or woman slave camp - the main part of the district is on a canal, and all of the store fronts along the canal have women knocking on the windows. Next to each window is a door, so if you like what you see, you open the door, negotiate a price, close the blinds, and explore the natives.
There are no other photos of the area as we had been warned that taking pictures of the area will most likely get your camera taken away from you by someone who is large and in charge, so we chose to pocket the camera for the brief stroll.
As we neared the district, we saw this sign:
The red circle around something means "No" (in the U.S., our "No" symbol has a red line through the sign as well). This sign means exactly what it looks like. Apparently, in this seedier area, this is a problem.
One way they have curbed the problem is by erecting these public stands:
If the urge strikes, you step in, relieve yourself, and step out.. and no reason to stop your conversation!
If you thought that was weird, check this out:
These were like our Port-o-Potties, as they were just wheeled into one of the large squares. Men would step up, unzip, relieve, and go on with their business. These were not placed out of the way - when I turned 180 degrees, here is what I saw:
This is one of the main squares in the evening. Many bars and restaurants (include Puri Mas, which you saw earlier) are in this area, and it fills up with drunken revelers in the evening.
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