You guys seem to have great advice and provided great answers to previous questions asked. So i thought i'd present my scenario and get opinions knowing that it may be vague and subjective.
I'm headed to Amsterdam next month for 7 full days. Some background on my traveler profile - i'm 31yo gay single male, i've travelled within Canada and US,but this is my first trip to Europe. The reason I chose Amsterdam was both for praticalities (good flight/hotel/easy to get around city/ ease of getting by as an English speaker) but also for wants (because i took a couple of Dutch culture classes back in University days and think its going to be a neat city to sociologically explore) and to get away and relax (slower pace) but to be stimulated as well (haha I didnt mean it THAT way)
Touristy things are ok i dont mind museums, but I just like wandering in different environments/neoighbourhoods blending in... finding neat things along the way..Maybe an urban adventurer i guess? so i dont think Amsterdam will dissapoint!!(ie interested in seeing Jordaan and yes a place like the Red Light District). So this all being said.... my hotels are beside Amsterdam-Zuid... so i'm wondering if it would be worth it to get a rail pass and break up the 7 days? I'm looking around at places within a few hours by train (Cologne, Brussels, Antewerp) but.. I dont think i want to get further out because I dont all the time monopolized by travel.. but nothings really grabbing me right now.. so thats why i thought id seek opinions out.
So.... would you:
1) Spend all 7 days in Amsterdam area and soak it all in
2) Spend 3-4 days in Amsterdam and hit up various regions of Netherlands
3) Spend 3-4 days in Amsterdam and take 1 day trips into Brussels and Cologne..(gravitating more towards Belgium as my French is functional for Brusses and south Belgium and realy on English in Northern Belgium -but no german language skills for germany)
Any feedback would be great!