He called again today and we chatted for a short while. His hostel is in the middle of the red light district, so that's where he's been "walking" ... he says a guy followed him for 15 minutes yesterday and finally asked if he wanted some weed. He finds it all a little seedy since everyone is trying to sell you drugs there. But he likes it.
The canals are much bigger than those in Venice, and he likes seeing windmills and other classic Dutch scenery. Food consists mainly of fast food nowadays, as he is conserving cash. He leaves in a couple of days for Paris. Then I think it's Barcelona for a week and back to Leeds to hang out before the big music festival.