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2006 Queensday Trip Report

Postby koopa » Thu May 18, 1:30 am

My flight to Amsterdam was serene. First off, it only took 6:45 due to some monster jet stream current that day. Secondly, I managed to procure an empty row of seats for myself. As soon as the lights went dim I was raising the armrests and laying sideways stretched out on THE closest thing to a bed on that entire aircraft. I actually managed to get 4 hours sleep on the flight which is a personal best FYI lots of airlines are reducing the maximum per bag weight for luggage. My company is down to 50lbs (from over 70lbs last year) and they charge $25 per bag that is in the 51-79 range now. I was over by 4lbs but they let me slide. Connoisseur

So I arrive in Schipol (pronounced Skip-ol) Airport, grab my bags off of the claim treadmill and proceed to the yellow metal train ticket machine. 4 euros later and I have a train ticket to central station. I head out past security, make a left and walk to the train station inside the airport. Track 2 is just down an elevator and I arrive a few moments before my train. A nice dutch couple asks me if I am vacationing and I say yes this is the beginning of my annual homage to mokum. They offer me tips I already know and I thank them with sincerity.

The train rolls up and Im thinking Ok Ive heard the trains are spacious and accommodating, loading, storing, and unloading my three bags will be a breeze. As I picture luggage friendly ramps coupled with spacious seating areas that provide space in front of your seat for your bags. Instead I find narrow stairs, tight chairs, and menacing stares.so I do what any confident young man would do in Europe and sit my ass down right next to the idiot staring even though there is ample free seating around us. When in Europe Do As The Europeans Do! But keep in mind there was not enough storage area where I was so I had to literally lift a 55lb suitcase off of the ground and up onto a seat everytime a new passenger opened the door to my car because the bag was completely blocking the center isle

But I feel strong, positive, and alive as I sore towards heaven. My arrival comes merely 20 minutes later and I find myself teetering on the discovery of a bigger challenge, the hell that is central station! Central station is great in most ways, but it is a miserable place to have luggage. I had to carry bags up atleast 3 separate flights of stairs which sucked compared to the train station in koln germany which had angled motorized treadmills on the side of the stairs. Dont take this as me bitching.Im just letting you know that not taking a taxi into XXX had a downside as well

Amsterdam sunshine hits my face at 8am and I couldnt be happier. I take my time strolling towards my apartment off of haarlemerstraat. The city pours into my senses, road noise couples with multi-layered movements of cars, buses, trams, and pedestrians. The good old bike garage outside of central station is swelled with beat up dutch bikes. Canals and foot bridges begin to emerge, soon wrapping around me like an intricate web as I progress west bound. Soon I am face to face with both Haarlermerstraats entrance and the prominent brick building a block up on Droogbak. My apartment will not be ready this early but the guys at a bed and breakfast around the corner who referred me to this apartment are kind enough to offer me storage space at there B&B.


I ring the buzzer and am informed that my hosts are still in bed. Wimmo tells me to wait patiently while he gets dressed and I tell him to take all the time in the world as I am enjoying the beautiful weather more then he can imagine. Ten minutes later I am greeted by him and offered beverages. Soon I am told that my apartment will be ready by 9:30am since it was not rented the previous night. The news gives me relief as I could really use a warm shower and a change of cloths. Since Mikeymike my roommate isnt expected until 12pm I make a B-line to Pink Floyd. Upon arrival I see that they do not open until 9am so I continue down to Barneys. I reach toward the door and suddenly decide that Picasso is the place to begin. It is small and has a really cool dutch budtender who I want to visit. Let the games begin

I stroll into Picasso and see the nice dutch budtender I was hoping to run into. The coffeeshop is very small.larger than the grey area but not by much. I see stairs going up but cant decide if its a hotel upstairs or just an upstairs chill area? Rather than finding out I make a purchase and grab a front window seat next to a nice indoor decorative water fountain. I roll up half of the bag into a pure joint with a filter quickly. I notice my budtender giving a nod of "dutch approval" to my rolling style. Another dutch guy lets me use his lighter and asks me to hide it in a specific spot when Im done. I agree and he travels up the mystery stairs. Even though the weed was cured, the j struggled to stay lit after the 1/2 way point. This being due to a decent amount of resin glaze on the paper


The budtender recommends Pablo or Dream for a well cured smooth smoke. Pablo is out of stock so I purchase 1.3g of Dream for 10 euro. The really cool dutch budtender bumps it up to 1.5g for me and receives an Americanized dankuwel (sp?) in return. Visually it looked relatively standard and the smell was both hashy and organic. The smoke was a cloud in my mouth, soft and unoffensive. The potency left much to be desired so I decide to stroll down haarlemmerstraat towards pink floyd coffeeshop for my 9am meetup with lctricity, mopperm and nblaze.

My take on the budtenders recommendation is that he made a wise decision considering what I requested. Dream was a well cured smooth smoke that I enjoyed. Ispica also purchased some (or I gave some to him...help me out here pal) upon my recommendation and reported that he was very pleased with the j I rolled for him. Again the potency wasn't high enough for my tolerance and I instantly wanted to roll another but it was the type of hooch that was nice to smoke frequently throughout the day.









I arrive at Pink Floyd and am greeted by the tall british guy with a bald head and pot belly who is always there. I assume he is the owner but he could easily be a manager. Pink Floyd has a really cool layout in my opinion. You walk through the door and see a bar on the right where drinks and food can be purchased. There is also a TV above this bar hanging on a wall mount. Head straight back and there is a second counter on the left where the budtender resides. Continue further back and there is a room with a few tables including one by a window. There is also a vending machine in here that has snacks, papers, tips, lighters, screens, etc. Upstairs one floor you find a narrow balcony with 3 computer terminals on a long table with three chairs and a view overlooking the downstairs food bar and giving a nice vantage point for the TV. There is also a nice view out of the front windows and a side window from this vantage point. A table for 2 is directly behind the 3 computer terminals as well. This floor also has a back room with a large round wooden table and a cushy booth seat that wraps around a few sides of the room. There is also a television here and the management tends to play live concerts on these all the time. I saw Floyd concerts, Waters concerts, Gilmour concerts, Santana concerts and others. There is another flight of stairs going up to a third floor that has a nice sized room in it. This room has a few tables with chairs plus a couch / coffeetable setup by the front windows. The two girls who worked the juice bar throughout the week were very nice and very attractive. Trust me, they weren't nice because they were attractive or vice versa. They were sweet............and sexy

The budtender recommends the Jelly Hash and I say not at 9am sir! But I do show interest in Double Trouble Hash. He smiles and pulls a bag out of his pocket with a small amount in it and says thats what Im smoking . Next he produces 1g of Double Trouble Hash in exchange for 10 euro. Unlike the sticky black look of the jelly, the Double Trouble is an exquisite blond hash that is pressed enough to give the outside a light brown tanned look. But as soon as you break it up it is almost like pure blond kif! Hence the Double Trouble It turned out to be one of the nicer blond hashes I sampled this trip and is recommended.

My take on the budtenders recommendation was that he was very impressed with his jelly hash and by the end of the trip I will find out why But I must say that the Double Trouble was a fine blond with a smooth taste and nice punch. I definitely recommend it. I also purchased Dirty Jack or something like that. It was a Jack Herrer cross at 1.2g for 10 euro that was potent but lacked flavor.

Next thing I see is Mopperm and Nblaze outside the doorway preparing to bombard me with smiles, shouts, and hugs. After all that jazz I order tea and they order a ham n cheese baggette deli platter thing which they will only manage to eat half of! Mopperm purchases some smoke, including more double trouble and we blaze some in his pipe after yet another Dream joint fails to keep lit. Despite it being cured I make a mental note to leave the dream out for a day to dry next time I get it Lctricity and Tammy got held up and weren't able to join us this morning but I knew I'd see em at the 1pm Haarlem sendoff today. My next destination was Wimmo and Godwins, as they had my keys and it was now past 10:30am........an hour after my apartment was prepared.

Back at the B&B I meet Godwin for the first time. He is a young man from the phillipines who had been living in Amsterdam for quite some time. We made obligatory chit chat and also discussed the arrival of mikeymike which should be within the hour. I informed them that mikey knows both addresses but will probably show up at the B&B first for a key. After another spot of tea a key was handed over to me and Godwin escorted me around the corner to the apartment. I was given a great tour of the place and overview of how to operate things and then left alone to relax.

The apartment definitely suited me well. The location was literally just around the corner from Pink Floyd. I was on a side street off of Haarlemmerstraat named Buiten Visserstraat which means Street of the Foreign Fishermen in Dutch. After climbing one floor of typical dutch stairs I find two doors. One to a half bath and the other into a nice living area. The living area has a coffeetable, TV and a comfortable couch that is too short for me to lay down on in a full stretched position. Behind the TV is three large front windows and a desk with a bookshelf full of interesting reads. Towards the back of this floor is a studio kitchen and a separate dining room with table for 5 or 6. The studio kitchen has all necessary plates, glasses, cutlery, etc and there is a washer / dryer but it was out of order at that time. It was also tastefully decorated with interesting art pieces and amenities scattered sparingly throughout the place.

The second floor had a large master bedroom with a table that could be folded up or down. There was abundant storage space and closet room plus many good sized front windows. The top of the stairs you climbed to this floor also had this interesting roof that was a plexiglass dome on a wheel track that slid over and covered the entrance to the master bedroom. It also acted as an additional soundbarrier so that somebody could watch tv in the living room while somebody slept upstairs. There was also a master bathroom with shower and full size tub in the master bedroom. Furthermore, the back end had a nice bay window that opened and an outdoor rooftop terrace that a few people could sit on. There was a view of the backside of other dutch houses and other terraces including ample plants that the dutch neighbors were growing on rooftops. The master bedroom floor also had another step ladder that went up to a loft with another queensize bed (or was it full size mikeymike?) Either way I really liked the apartment. The Haarlemerstraat area is very clean and full of shopping but not touristy at all. It reminded me os Soho NYC. There were plenty of restaurants and atleast 6 coffeeshops within 2 blocks. also you were on the north end of the western canal belt so it was like pick a canal and walk along it to your destination. Always a scenic direct route to places like amnesia, grey area, chocolata, anyday, de rokerij, etc. And the total price worked out to 120 euro's per night.......divided by the two of us!








After a shower, change of clothes, and fifteen minutes off of my feet I double back towards Central Station to pick up a multi day tram pass at the VVV tourist office on the stationsplein opposite the main entrance. If I remember correctly the cost was 11.80 euro for a 3 day pass. The pass gets you unlimited use of the buses, trams, and metro subways for three days! A singe tram ride could easily cost you 3 euro if you buy your ticket on the tram so this multi day pass is the way to go

With pass in hand I head over to Homegrown Fantasy in search of lctricitys holy grail cheese but am told that there is only one supplier for CHEESE and he is experiencing difficulties at the moment. No eta whatsoever according to this adorable budtender in her late 20s. I notice NL5xHAZE (bio) on the menu and purchase 1.2g for 10 euro. The high was very potent, a class act all the way. I have this strange sensitivity to NL5 that causes my usual reefer induced mild visuals to look a different hue. To explain I provide a simple comparison. You know how a room in fluorescent light looks different from a room in natural light..well NL5 visuals always look fluorescent by comparison to other strains. I know it sounds hilarious to some of you but it is a consistent effect that I am fully aware of. I enjoy a delicious glass of fresh squeezed orange juice while mingling with other patrons. I depart in search of street food in the direction of my apartment knowing that the 1pm Haarlem Sendoff at Pink Floyd is approaching quickly. A kroket and kipcorn later and Im feeling great!

The Haarlem Sendoff at Pink Floyd was lots of fun despite the fact that nobody went! Myself, Sinpusher, Lctricity, Mrs. Lctricity, Mopperm, Nblaze, Johnny Joe ( aka jjk4h), Mrs. C. Johnny Joe, MHD, Jerkeypete, Birdman, Mikeymike, Skyhigh420, Mrs. Skyhigh, and about 5 others I probably am blanking on made good use of the top floor room at Floyd. Sinpusher informed us that he was offered a boat trip with his buddy Bear and provided directions to Haarlem. But if that wasnt the nail in the Haarlem coffin, the fact that my roommate mikeymike was still nowhere to be found was. He was expected 4 hours ago and still no sign of him. After depositing 0.50 euro for 10 minutes of internet time I learn that his flight actually arrived earlyFinal thoughts of the meetup were that the group was quite communal. People were ultra friendly, open to new things, and were passing and sharing herbs constantly! I rolled my now infamous Dutch Dutch Masters which sent everybody to the moon My hats off to all who attended for being so easy going and friendly! I felt like we were a group of stoners with class.
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Postby Bohannon » Thu May 18, 2:12 am

Great read!!!

"So I arrive in Schipol (pronounced Skip-ol) Airport"... I always thought it was "Schip-ol" (Ship Hole, lol)

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Postby MileHighDenver » Thu May 18, 4:25 am

Good one Koopa. You remember things.

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Postby koopa » Thu May 18, 4:34 am

MileHighDenver wrote:Good one Koopa. You remember things.


too bad i can't remember my reference for heating thc to make it psychoactive :)

will update you on that if I locate one MHD....i remember reading an article about putting a bud on a cracker with a piece of cheese and microwaving it to activate the thc....but then again alcohol will soak up thc and drinking it will get you high so you are probably right. anyway, another time another thread. I will be updating my trip report in this one soon.

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Postby Sawhiskey » Thu May 18, 2:46 pm

very nice report. all ur luggage problems really reinforces me to pack light next time. take it easy

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Postby nemesystem » Thu May 18, 9:28 pm

nice one koopa.


I too chatted with that guy at Pink Floyd nice guy and I as well liked his recommendation. (Mothers finest?) and there candi bubble hash

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Postby skyhigh420 » Thu May 18, 10:12 pm

nice job man. now on to parts 2, 3, and 4...lol

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Postby hank » Fri May 19, 1:58 am

Very good I'm with you, thanks.

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Postby johnyjoe » Fri May 19, 2:28 am

Looking forward to hearing more...

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Postby felix » Fri May 19, 2:12 pm

Very, very informative read.....Thanks!

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Street of the Foreign Fishermen

Postby RealityCzech » Wed May 24, 8:15 pm

"I was on a side street off of Haarlemmerstraat named Buiten Visserstraat which means \0Street of the Foreign Fishermen\0 in Dutch."

Koopa, the name of the side street doesn't mean the Street of Foreign Fishermen. If you look at an Amsterdam street map you'll see that the small streets crossing Haarlemmerstraat/Dijk are called Binnen this and Buiten that which simple means Inside and Outside. You may have been confused because BuitenLAND, BuitenLANDER refer to foreign country/abroad/foreigner. So you were staying on Outside Visserstraat.

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Postby Bohannon » Wed May 24, 8:18 pm

Buiten ="outside", Binnen= "inside" right?

(Rosetta Stone Dutch learner, lol)

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Postby Birdman » Wed May 24, 8:45 pm

I would have gone to Haarlem with you had I had another day. Oh well. I thought that send off was for me, but then again I'm full of myself. It was lots of fun, that's for sure! Do it again next year! (but I want to see Koopa on a bika!)
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Re: 2006 Queensday Trip Report

Postby johnyjoe » Wed May 24, 8:57 pm

koopa wrote:Final thoughts of the meetup were that the group was quite communal. People were ultra friendly, open to new things, and were passing and sharing herbs constantly! I rolled my now infamous Dutch Dutch Masters which sent everybody to the moon My hats off to all who attended for being so easy going and friendly! I felt like we were a group of stoners with class.


This was the finest afternoon meet I ever participated in....it was a nice group of people fram a variety of website connections and the vibe was totally cool....

My wife and want to say we both enjoyed that day.

To more like them!!

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Re: Street of the Foreign Fishermen

Postby koopa » Wed May 24, 10:25 pm

RealityCzech wrote:"I was on a side street off of Haarlemmerstraat named Buiten Visserstraat which means \0Street of the Foreign Fishermen\0 in Dutch."

Koopa, the name of the side street doesn't mean the Street of Foreign Fishermen. If you look at an Amsterdam street map you'll see that the small streets crossing Haarlemmerstraat/Dijk are called Binnen this and Buiten that which simple means Inside and Outside. You may have been confused because BuitenLAND, BuitenLANDER refer to foreign country/abroad/foreigner. So you were staying on Outside Visserstraat.



thanks for the clarification..........
the host of my apartment told me the translation and I took his word for it. But despite their being a better word for foreign, wouldn't you say that "outside" and "foreign" have a similar connotation? I may even dare to say that "foreign fisherman" makes more sense then "outside fisherman" wouldn't you?

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Postby Bohannon » Thu May 25, 12:16 am

I think that the "outside" refers to the canal or straat not the fisherman, I could be wrong and often am.


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Postby koopa » Thu May 25, 1:55 am

outside street of the fishermen??????? could be i suppose but
I still like street of the foreign fishermen the most :)


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Vissersstraat Redux

Postby RealityCzech » Fri May 26, 10:32 pm

Sorry if I couldn't make my point very well in English.
Look at it this way. The street is called Vissersstraat. Since the street is divided you could say by the Harlemmerstraat/dijk, the part of the street that is closest to the waterfront is called Buiten or Outside. The continuation of the street on the other side of Harlemmerstraat/dijk is called Binnen or Inside.That is closest to inner Amsterdam. Nothing to do with a description of Fishermen, Oranges, Bantammers, or Brouwers.
(Names of some of the other streets that have Binnen and Buiten in their name so that you know which side of the Harlemmerstraat/dijk they are located.) Like in Elm street, upper Elm street and lower Elm street are not a description of elms but of the part of the street that is described. Oh, who cares anyway.........nevermind.

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Postby DedBud » Sat May 27, 2:38 am

I hates being inside the Brouwers

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Re: Vissersstraat Redux

Postby koopa » Sat Apr 14, 4:01 pm

RealityCzech wrote:Sorry if I couldn't make my point very well in English.
Look at it this way. The street is called Vissersstraat. Since the street is divided you could say by the Harlemmerstraat/dijk, the part of the street that is closest to the waterfront is called Buiten or Outside. The continuation of the street on the other side of Harlemmerstraat/dijk is called Binnen or Inside.That is closest to inner Amsterdam. Nothing to do with a description of Fishermen, Oranges, Bantammers, or Brouwers.
(Names of some of the other streets that have Binnen and Buiten in their name so that you know which side of the Harlemmerstraat/dijk they are located.) Like in Elm street, upper Elm street and lower Elm street are not a description of elms but of the part of the street that is described. Oh, who cares anyway.........nevermind.



1 year later i re read this and realized I should have thanked you for the clarification RealityCzech!

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Postby Philter » Sun Apr 15, 5:05 am

Cheers Koopa, very enjoyable report and read. It seems like you can't go wrong at Pink Floyd no matter what you get.

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Postby Johannes » Thu May 03, 5:02 am

koopa wrote:
MileHighDenver wrote:Good one Koopa. You remember things.


too bad i can't remember my reference for heating thc to make it psychoactive :)

will update you on that if I locate one MHD....i remember reading an article about putting a bud on a cracker with a piece of cheese and microwaving it to activate the thc....but then again alcohol will soak up thc and drinking it will get you high so you are probably right. anyway, another time another thread. I will be updating my trip report in this one soon.

oy


sounds like the timothy leary biscuit

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Postby myrtje » Thu May 03, 4:07 pm

koopa wrote:myrtje????


Im with RealityCzech on this one :)

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Postby LastHamlet » Thu May 03, 5:06 pm

Very Nice, Koopa, Very Nice Indeed.
Makes me wished I had chunked my PP and stayed.
Have a blast, and "Let the good times roll"
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Re: Sweet Magic.

Postby mobiljenny » Thu May 03, 8:36 pm

LastHamlet wrote:...chunked my PP ...


**Glances around nervously**

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Postby LastHamlet » Thu May 03, 8:53 pm

You know, that did sound a little strange in using initials, I should have given that more thought :-)
PP = Passport

Instead of glancing nervously, likely I would smile, and walk away laughing... Maybe in some comfort of hoping that such would be the end of the alter-ego known as LH... Of course, I still think maybe my birth given name is the other one, leaving me to wonder what would remain????

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Postby TAK » Thu May 03, 9:57 pm

I just realized this thread was last years report.

Looking forward to this years report, Koopa.

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Postby LastHamlet » Thu May 03, 10:27 pm

Tak, if you had not posted that, I might still not realize it was a year old... Goes to show how lost I can be.


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