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Full trip report, or what I can remeber

Postby amytizz » Sun Apr 23, 10:15 pm

I am going to do my best to remember I did not take notes. I can't remember day by day so I am just going to write topic by topic.

Starting with the flight.....

We flew American Airlines from LAX to Heathrow. It was a bumpy flight and the alcohol wasn't free to our surprise. We were fed one meal and some pretzles. Just to skip ahead I have to give props to Virgin Atlantic whom we flew on the way home. We were fed constantly, the alcohol was free, and the in flight entertainment was Awesome. I would totally go out of my way and fly them again if I could. To make it even better Ozzy and Sharon Osborne were on our flight in first class with their daughter Amy.

Arriving in London.....

I won't go into London because I know this forum in about Amsterdam but let me just tell all you who have not been it is expensive!!!! I love the city but OMG the prices are incredible. Anyway we were in London one night and left for the ferry that takes you to Hoek van Holland the next day. We arrived in Holland then took an hour and a half train ride into Amsterdam.

Arriving in Amsterdam....

The cool thing for me this time was I travelled with my 21 year old sister who had never been. No matter how much I descibed Amsterdam there was no way to really prepare her for it. As soon as we got off the train we smelt some weed which got us real excited to run for a coffee shop. The bad thing was that our parents were with us and we could not exactly ditch them so quickly. We did know that my Mom would take a nap as soon as we got to the hotel. Walking out of the train station is always awesome for me, just the view of the city from the exit is magical. Unfortunately there are repairs going on to the front of Centraal Station so pictures were not going to be as pretty. There were 6 of us with tons of luggage so we decided to grab a taxi van to our hotel; The Amsterdam Hilton.

Our hotel....

One of my first posts ever on this site had to with questions about the location of our hotel . I had a lot of feed back, mostly negative about how far away from the city center it was. Turns out it was not bad at all. It was just a few tram stops south of Museumplein. It is situated on a quiet and beautiful canal in a beautiful residential neighborhood. I really lucked out, my parents had tons of Hilton points they used for all of us for the 5 nights. Being that it was about $500 a night my budget would have never allowed that normally. I loved this hotel the staff, rooms and bar were great. There was even a pillow menu in the room.

Coffee Shops....

Visiting the c-shops was the part I was most intrigued about. I have been twice but I never really payed attention to which ones we visited what we smoked etc. The main reason I started looking on this site was to find out the good ones to go to. I made a list with notes on what you all have been saying for the past couple months, with that in hand I felt prepred. Our first one was Bulldogg in the RLD. My husband bought 2 grams of purple haze. I liked it because I am not one who likes to get stoned out of my mind but I am sure others of you who like to get your ass kicked by the good stuff may not be a fan of it. After rolling and smoking a joint there we moved on to Old Church. I espeially was curious about this one because you guys mention it a lot. It was a great place to smoke and chill. Since we already had some weed we bought some sodas and rolled another. The staff was nice and I liked the general feel of it. Over the next 5 days we visited Dolphins, Katsu, Abraxas, Overkanthortus, Amnesia, De Rokerij, and Hunters bar. All of them were pretty good but the one that became our home was Dolphins in Leidesplein. It is awesome. I liked the pre rolled pure joint they had, which I think was white widow and I liked the downstairs with the couches. It is exactly my type of place.

Food....

First of all let me say I tried to eat at Febo but it wasn't looking too appetizing. We went in there and decided to get sandwiches instead. We had alot of good meals this time. We had fondue at the Green Lantern which was excellent and priced great. On easter we had a rice table Indonesian feast at Puri Mas in Leidesplein, which was also excellent. We had Greek at Mykanos also in Leidesplein one night and I would not ever go back. Although the food was OK the service was laughable. Now I know in Amsterdam from being there before the service is not usually what I am used to in the states. That's OK I know it and deal with it. However at Mykanos we were amazed. We were greated by a waitress who looked like we just ruined her day by coming in. Although we were the only ones in the whole place our food took forever. Our waitress also decided to go on break durring our meal and left no one to care for us. She sat at a booth ate lunch and smoked probably 5 cigarettes. When we finally got up (about 20 min. after we were done eating) and asked her for our check, without washing her hands came over and offered us dessert. Since we all just wanted the hell out we delined and ran the hell out of there. We also did the ever so touristy thing and visited De Prins and The Pancake Bakery, both which were very good. Since we spent most nights in Leidesplein we usually ate there also. We had Mexican also in Leidesplein I wish I could remember the name of it but it was just average. Next to The Bulldogg Leidesplein is a sports bar with a satellite, which my husband preyed would show the Lakers one night. I walked in and asked them if they would turn it on and before I knew it we were escorted up stairs in front of the big screen with the Lakers on. I thought my husband was going to die. We sat there all night listened to awesome music, watched the game and ate pancakes. All 6 of us were pretty drunk and were singing along to all the music, one of the best memories we all have. Overall the cuisine really worked out for us this time. Thank God I love tomato and mozzerella sandwiches, because when all else fails those are so wasy to find.

Sight Seeing....

I have done most of the touristy things before so this time the pressure was off to run around from site to site. We did go to The Anne Frank house again just because I find it a very important place. We went one afternoon to the Dutch Resistence Museum which was very neat. I had relatives who lived in Amsterdam during WWII who helped some Jews find hidding spots. My great Uncle and Aunt were cought and sent to work camps, basically the Museum showed how the Dutch helped Jewish people during that period of time. It made me feel very lucky to have the freedoms I have. My husband dragged me to The Heineken Brewery one day. Since I had been I did not see it nescessary, but he really wanted to go again. It was busy and so crowded, but that's not even the worst part. On the way out at the last bar was a whole bunch of American frat looking boys chanting USA USA USA over and over again. I am American and when I see other Americans acting like that it pisses me off. People were looking at them like they were from outer space.

Day Trippin....

We rented a car one day to visit the town where my Grandma was born and raised. It is in a town called Waarde about 2 hours from Amsterdam. Along the way we had plans of driving through the tulip fields and stopping at Keukenhof Gardens. The tulips are indeed late this year. We drove out to Keukenhof and was turned off by all the tons of tour busses spilling in. We decided to go and just drive through the tulip fields. We thought we were lost but in reality there were hardly any tulips. The cool thing was we decided to keep driving towards the coast and ended up in a beautiful Dutch beach town. Wow what a great surprise! After that we headed south to Delft. Delft is a beautifil litlle town. We walked around and visited some churches etc. The sad thing is while my Mom was shopping for a delft tile in this antique store she knocked one over. She felt bad she chipped it and purchased it. Even though it was only $60 euro it still bugged her, she has plently of money but she is very tight with it. But it was the right thing to do. After Delft we headed for Waarde. Waarde is a quaint little beautiful town that makes you feel like you are back ine the 1800's. There is a beautiful windmill and the houses are preserved very well. We lucked out and found her house, as we were taking pictures we saw the family who now own the home all peaking out of the windows at us. They must have wondered why the hell we were taking pictures of their house. In the near ditance we saw a giant green hill. As we walked up it we did not know what to expect on the other side. When we got to the top there for as long as they eye could see was the ocean. So pretty!!!

The incident....

While looking for Abraxas we were confronted by a man on the streets who wanted money. As we told him to basically get lost he bumped into my husband and patted his pocket. As a reflex my husband pushed him away. It just so happened there was a parked bike right behind the guy and when my husband pushed him he flew backwards over it. I am glad he did it, but at the time you sit and wonder if he has a weapon and if he has some buddies in the area etc. It left all of us with bad vibes for the RLD after dark. Some locals told us later it is best to throw these aggressive people a few Euros so they will leave you alone. Although it is probably best the way I feel is I saved for ever to come here not to just give my money away to people who try and scare us. We did learn to be carefull about where we were at night. It kinda served as a wake up call to be on guard better.

In conclusion....

Again Amsterdan did not let us down. I love the city and will always visit there. It is truley beautiful and the people for the most part are very friendly. Learning how to say please, thank you, hello, good-bye etc. in Dutch goes along way. Vondelpark is beautiful and is a great place to sit and watch The Dutch in their everyday life. We had fun just walking the streets/canals and relaxing. We lucked out and had both good and bad weather. I can't wait to visit again. I will be posting pics as soon as we download them on the computer, probably in a couple days. I must pre warn you we took about 350 pics, and my husband decided to take a picture of every canal we passed. Well that's all I can remeber hope it was an easy read....

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Postby Banks » Mon Apr 24, 12:03 am

Thanks for the report! I think your format works qite well!

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Postby hank » Mon Apr 24, 12:08 am

I really enjoyed your report on this dreary , rainy afternoon. Some of the guys in the RLD can be a problem, particularly late at night if your alone. We spent time in the sports bar and enjoyed it also, coffee, beer and a little tv sports, close to our hotel. Thanks for taking the time put down your memories, can't wait for the pics.

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Postby amytizz » Mon Apr 24, 12:17 am

hank wrote:I really enjoyed your report on this dreary , rainy afternoon. Some of the guys in the RLD can be a problem, particularly late at night if your alone. We spent time in the sports bar and enjoyed it also, coffee, beer and a little tv sports, close to our hotel. Thanks for taking the time put down your memories, can't wait for the pics.


Another plus of the sports bar was they allowed people to smoke weed. The look on my Mom's face when someone sparked up a joint right beside us was priceless....LOL

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Postby Sawhiskey » Fri Apr 28, 2:54 pm

very nice reminded me of my trip so much. you gotta go to the heinken place 10es for 3 beers and a glass cant beat that can ya.

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Postby theguest » Fri Apr 28, 7:10 pm

Nice report, I enjoyed reading it.

Where did this incident take place? You mention Abraxas but that is west of Damrak. Were you indeed in the RLD when this happened but on your way to Abraxas?

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Postby RealityCzech » Sat Apr 29, 1:08 am

May I just add that the suggestion to "throw a few Euro" at aggressive people is not only bad advice but certainly NOT what locals do. You are right to be very cautious though. You should be wearing a money-belt or something like that under your clothes. You could carry a cheap fake wallet with some money in it, perhaps old or fake credit cards etc. If you are threatened by someone, you could hand over this wallet. But for harrassing characters...IGNORE them! Move quickly and determined past them. Of course, avoid quiet alleys and use the same precautions you would use at home when in this type of area, wandering around drunk or stoned makes a tourist a more inviting target. Best advice...think money-belt!

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Postby amytizz » Sat Apr 29, 2:58 am

theguest wrote:Nice report, I enjoyed reading it.

Where did this incident take place? You mention Abraxas but that is west of Damrak. Were you indeed in the RLD when this happened but on your way to Abraxas?


No I guess I was not in the red-light district exactly. We were close to Abraxas, maybe 1/4 mile south of it.

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Postby bigblunt » Sat Apr 29, 6:18 am

Sounds like a kick ass time


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