Smokin' in the Rain

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Smokin' in the Rain

Postby caminoreal » Fri Jul 06, 8:44 pm

I arrived at Schipol, via London, with my 18-year-old son and his buddy in tow, on the evening of June 22, landing in a driving rain/hail storm that was pelting the skylights at the terminal building. We hit the ATMs and then bought our train tickets and headed to Centraal Station..
I ran across the street in the downpour and bought our 7-day tram passes at the GVB office, then we caught the No. 9 to Rembrandtplein and walked two blocks – still in a downpour – to the hotel.
We cleaned up, hit the Bushdocter, then went on a quick walking tour of the RLD. (the rain had lightened up a little) We stopped at the Dampkring and a couple more coffeeshops and bars in the RLD, then caught a tram to Liedeseplein to meet the lovely Anne at a pub.
Unfortunately, we were nearly an hour late – I had set my watch to UK time instead of Netherlands time – and I was a zombie by that time, having had only six hours sleep in the previous 48 hours. That, on top of the beers I drank and the weed/hash I smoked as soon as we left the hotel, left me woozy by the time we arrived to meet Anne.
But Anne was gracious and, after we had a beer, she showed the two newbies around Leidseplein while I went back to the hotel and fell flat on my face in bed.
By the second day, the boys were in high gear. They went through twice as much money as they expected, buying almost nothing all week except smokeables, food and drinks. Our planned day in Zaandvoort was scratched because of the incessant rain, but we made it to Haarlem and sampled the wares at a couple of the Willy Wortels shops and one other shop of which I cannot recall the name. As always, Nol’s wares were top-notch and at good prices. Bless you Nol!
As usual, I wasn’t a good Channelite during my visit. That is, I didn’t write down the names of all the weeds and hashes we sampled. We got some very nice, trippy, blonde maroc at Het Ballonetje and some butt-kicking dark maroc at Dampkring, but my favorite hash was from the WW Sativa in Haarlem. I believe it was called Kashmir Maroc and it was about 10 or 11 Euros per gram.
We probably bought 24 or 25 kinds of weed, but don’t ask me what they were or how they affected us. The boys mastered rolling big cones by the second day, so they were mixing grams of everything and, pretty soon, I couldn’t tell you which weed did what to our feeble brains.
The first six days we stayed in a large room on the second floor of our small hotel. When I made the reservations back in January they said we would have to move to another room for the final two days because that one was already booked. I was afraid it would be a smaller room, but it turned out to be a five-bed room, right on the street, with a front stoop and a bench on the stoop – right next door to the Bushdocter. We spent a good part of the last day sitting on our “porch� and visiting with everyone that walked past along the Herengracht or on Thorbeckeplein, we swapped gear with a couple of other tourists and generally had a great time without moving more than a few steps from our front door.

The two boys were sitting out on a bench on Thorbeckeplein one evening during a lull in the rain. They sat down on a bench where a young Asian man was seated. They asked him if he knew the time, and he told them civilly.
Then, a minute or two later, he asked them “What the fuck are you looking at?� and began ranting and telling them “You better be careful. If you knew who you were fucking with, you’d realize you’re in big trouble,� and more things like that.
They were more amused than alarmed, but he demanded that they not even glance in his direction. They needled him, asking: “All right now, let us get this straight. You don’t want us to even look down toward your end of the bench. Is that right?� Then they took turns playing peek-a-boo, peering between their fingers at him, which irritated him and made him rant and rave even louder.
He made several more statements about what a dangerous guy he was and how he had connections, and how they had better not fuck with him, but he finally got up and walked away.
Guess we’ll never find out who they were fucking with, but they survived the encounter anyway.

I’ve gotta say one of the highlights of my trip, as it was last year, was visiting the Chinese massage (legitimate massage, not the happy-ending variety) places on Zeedijk and near Dam Square and up near Prince Hendrikaade. Getting absolutely stoned and getting either a foot or body massage – from masseuses who really worked at their tasks – is just as good as a trip to the kamers – and I can admit to it when I get back to the office.

We left on the 29th in a driving rain, just as we had arrived. Then went to London where we enjoyed yet another week of rain. If I had it to do over, I would reverse the order. The boys enjoyed London, but it was kind of anti-climax after a week in Mokum. It was the first visit to Europe for both of them, but they’re already trying to recruit friends for a return trip to Paradise next year

Ahh, Amsterdam. Ain’t no place like it.

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Postby Jay_K » Sun Jul 08, 10:35 pm

Thanks for a great report!!

Where abouts was the massage place and how much was it?

(34 days and counting for me...)

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Postby a bollocks » Sun Jul 08, 11:21 pm

Ranchero!

i mean CAMINO!

excellent report. Anneke didn't mention your meeting. She is currently under my desk. AWKWARD!

I must try the Little Balloon. I always mean to, then i, well, you know.

ROCK ON!

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Postby Anne » Mon Jul 09, 10:13 am

a bollocks wrote:She is currently under my desk. AWKWARD!

Weirdo!

I'm not under your desk, but in the closet, singing Blame It On The Boogie.

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Postby caminoreal » Mon Jul 09, 2:09 pm

Sorry about posting this report twice. The first time I posted it I waited an hour or so and it never appeared, so I just figured I screwed up and didn't save it or something. Guess there was a server delay.

To the guy asking about the Chinese massage places. There are two on Zeedijk, right where it curves. There is also one just off of the corner of dam square, about a hundred yards west of Madam Tussauds.

There is still another one just a few steps off of Prins Hendrikaade on the first street east of Damrak.

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Postby Birdman » Mon Jul 09, 4:07 pm

That Asian guy must have been Wacky Chan.

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Postby woody » Tue Jul 10, 11:06 am

Birdman wrote:That Asian guy must have been Wacky Chan.


shlo in disguise.

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Postby caminoreal » Wed Jul 11, 4:21 pm

In the dozens of times I've walked through the RLD, both in daytime and at all hours of the night, I've only been approached once by someone wanting to sell me drugs on the street. Of course, I'm 57 and look it. The two 18-year-olds were hustled about buying coke, escasty, heroin, etc., every time they went near the RLD, especially after dark.
It's age discrimination!

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Postby hank » Thu Jul 12, 1:07 am

Camino, how much was that massage? Great report..

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Postby SlyCrayon » Thu Jul 12, 11:44 am

a bollocks wrote: under my desk
Bolly, if you really knew Anne, you would never consider speaking of her so disrespectfully. That you do so publicly reveals worlds about yourself, your sensibilities, and some of your weaknesses.

Birdman wrote:That Asian guy must have been Wacky Chan.
Good one, Bird, LOL!

It's cool hearing your afterthoughts, caminoreal. Good report and the kids will be telling Amsterdam stories for decades.

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Postby caminoreal » Thu Jul 12, 1:16 pm

hank wrote:Camino, how much was that massage? Great report..


The places on Zeedijk are 35 Euros for an hour of either body massage or foot massage. The places near Dam Square and up near Prins Hendrikaade are 35E an hour for body massage and, I believe, 20E for a half-hour foot massage.

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Postby Planning-A-Trip » Fri Jul 13, 3:25 am

thanks for the info about the massages. will DEFINATELY hit those up next April.

do they take walk-ins or do I need reservations ?

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Re: Smokin' in the Rain

Postby kb420 » Tue Jul 17, 1:20 pm

caminoreal wrote:As always, Nol’s wares were top-notch and at good prices. Bless you Nol!


Thanks for the report -- sounds like you had a good time! I can only imagine if I'd been introduced to Amsterdam at 18 by my father...though, knowing myself, it's also probably better that it wasn't until a bit later (24) and NOT by my parents ;)

I don't mean to be overly critical, and I know it's a matter of incredible subjectivity, but I tend to disagree about Willy Wortels. And I would be intellectually dishonest to claim that the Mako Haze being sold there for 12 euros a gram was better quality (debatable, but didn't seem it to me) or better value (clearly not) than either the one that Dampkring was selling for 11 euros or Any Day was selling for 9-something.

Or have I really missed something here?

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Postby chichi123 » Tue Jul 17, 2:52 pm

Well you do get a discount for buying a bit of volume from Nol.
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Good To Read!!!

Postby LastHamlet » Thu Jul 19, 8:14 pm

Other than the weirdo, sounds like a grand time, and even that fellow provided much comedy. It takes all kinds to make up the world, and such is to get to have these strange interactions... I thought I was the only one who got to see these unusual events.
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Caminoreal, Many Thanks for the adventures.
All The Best Regards,
LH


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