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12 sweet days in Amsterdam

Postby worldcitizen1723 » Tue Aug 24, 10:29 pm

a perfectly glorious first day, no wonder we love this city!

we were scheduled to arrive at 6 a.m.. But the absolute unthinkable happened: the plane was a full 60 minutes early! Luckily we have rented an apartment and the owner had hid a key for us, knowing of our early arrival. we were able to immediately fall into bed for a couple of hours. woke at about 8:30 a.m. and strolled over to Barney's. began the day with Dr Greenspoon. Highly recommended! really perfect morning sativa, felt like it cleared the head and the jet lag and had a really fine euphoric high.

Once perfectly fueled, decided to wander thru the streets, passed thru the Dam, i always like to see Death standing there with his sickle and decided to head over to Kadinsky's (the one with the pinball machine). Bought the NY Diesel. what a big disappointment. It was not properly cured and would not burn (I like my herb pure). it was wasted money. BUT did play some pinball (one of our passions) A Dutch gentleman was watching us play. For our second game we invited him to join us. OMG. the guy was a pinball madman. I commented after watching him play, that he played like a professional - well he smiled and then introduced himself: he was Renee Van Gool : > How could this be?? our first morning and here we are playing pinball with one of the best known pinball players in Europe, he is generally referred to as 'Amsterdam's street legion pinball master". and here we were sharing a machine with him. what a treat!!! this place is always magical.

Got the Hash heaven and Amnesia at Johnny's. The place is obviously, not big on ambience, but has consistent and surprisingly good smoke. Went back to the apartment, ate smoked, read and relaxed while people watching as we gazed out over the Princengracht canal from the giant windows of the apartment.

Strolled over to the coffeeshop Amnesia, with the dog. (yup we travel with the dog). As we walked down the street a trio of elder Dutch folk were clearly talking about us in the distance, as we approached, the woman stood right up and got in my face and said, "Perfect Harmony. Yes you are perfect harmony." The two other gentlemen agreed and wished us a good evening. My mate and i looked at each other and smiled, yup perfect harmony. Another one of those magical Amsterdam moments.

got to Amnesia and wanted to sit outside, but the wind was beginning to whip up, so got settled inside with hot chocolate and a cookie, just as the skies opened and the clouds began to spit on the earth. Bought the Nepalese black temple balls and Morning Glory (a sativa, indica mix). Once the rain stopped went back to Princengracht, picked up Thai food to take back to the apartment and hunkered in to enjoy the treasures we brought home.

Even brought back the G-13 (an old BOG hybrid, for those of you who are into such things) for the morning.

tomorrow we will rent some bikes and make zipping around this city so much easier : >

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Postby Bohannon » Tue Aug 24, 11:19 pm

Nice report...I would like to know more about traveling with a dog as I might do a month there next summer. I am very familiar with BOG. Growing his "Sour Bubble" now.

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Postby matty223 » Tue Aug 24, 11:48 pm

great report, i would love to know more about the apartment from my return in April, 9location, cost, website0

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Postby Banks » Wed Aug 25, 2:47 am

Enjoying your report... and make it to the castle this time! It will be very worth your while... Have the times of your lives... :)

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Postby TrekknHil » Wed Aug 25, 4:43 pm

Yes...more info on the dog please :)

I'm looking forward to more reports...hope you have a good time!!

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Wed Aug 25, 11:39 pm

to answer questions first:


in reference to the dog: We fly from the states and he is a carry-on. the rules are that the animal (dog/ cat/ ferret) must weigh no more than 15 pounds including the carry on case. the catch is of course they CHARGE. price went up in the last 30 days used to be $150. each way, now it is $200. each way and you can not buy the ticket in advance - so we got hit for an extra $100.00. You can not go without paying as you can not get thru security with the dog without the correct tags on his bag. The other piece is having the proper papers if you go to the Dutch embassy web site you can download the instructions along with the Dutch forms that the vet needs to fill out, along with a Health certificate. oh and you need a microchip that is european specific. Now this is his 4th trip (I know- lucky dog!) Only once was he weighed. Only once were his papers inspected (a separate occasion) and his microchip has never been checked. But it is rather simple. we would still end up paying more to board him in NYC than it costs to travel with him.

in reference to the apartment: well (blush) we go for luxury. this is our third time staying at this place, and we are totally spoiled. our criteria: SMOKE FRIENDLY and dog friendly and i do not mean stand outside in the rain, in the patio, or climb out on the roof and to can catch a smoke. (this clearly narrows the options greatly) This place is fully stocked with food, wine, cheese basically anything we request. It is clean and esthetically pleasing with orchids in the bathroom and fresh flowers on the table, there's even a washer and dryer, air conditioner (for that oft chance of a heat wave) and a gas fire place. Charles has three other absolutely top notch apartments in the city.

here is a direct link to the apartment:

http://www.homelidays.co.uk/amsterdam/a ... 308en1.htm

we have had really excellent luck with every apartment we have ever rented on this site:

http://www.homelidays.com/

so now to the report:

well ya know how plans can change so quickly here. (no bikes today)
slept until 9:30 could have slept more of the day away if it were not for the fact that the licking alarm clock dog could not be turned off. After a quick romp around the block, came back to a tangerine, coffee, granola and yogurt at the apartment, along with the G-13. really a perfect smooth clear high (sativa in the morning, indica at night dontchya know). during the second joint we both had the same thought: our lives are dictated by plans and schedules, maybe a NO AGENDA day was in order as we do the slow down and relax dance that we really need to do. with that in mind, we were ready to step out. took the dog for one of those loopy walks in the jordaan (those street with their wonderful angles. it may be another reason we so love this city. coming from NYC: the perfectly laid out grid city, with it's right angles and straight avenues, to a place where turning a corner does not always offer a similar geographical orientation.) Anyway took the LONG way to Paradox for fresh squeezed oj and a new flavor of smoke. WOW. tried the chocaloupe, it was listed as a happy high. so we figured we would try it. we were really pleasantly surprised. It was able to take us in a different direction than the G-13. It was smooth, flavorful and just put a smile on the face, really! Also the price was reasonable (12 euro for 1.1 gram). (everything seems more expensive yet again-- dreamin of the days of the guilder!) anyway, went back and bought 5g since we liked it so much. That chocaloupe was soo good, we were comfortable on their sofa, the dog enjoyed looking out the open doors and greeting the other dogs who came by (he is obsessed with Dutch dogs) so we just settled in. We are studying chinese and found ourselves playfully quizzing each other and drawing characters for a couple of hours while we just hung out. I always like it when you can just 'be' and not be so engaged in 'doing'. lol the chocaloupe IS VERY NICE.

returned the dog to the apartment and took a stroll to Pucinni Bonboni for a few take home chocolate delights. (dark chocolate and ginger/ dark chocolate and pepper) . I love the simplicity and purity and strength of their flavors, they are always on the must EAT list.

went to Amnesia, with the expectation of sitting outside, but everything was filled and the place seemed smokey so we just kept walking down the singel towards haarlemstraat. we wanted to sit outside and enjoy a refresher j. went by doors it was crowded, but the bulldog next door was empty outside, since we still had some of the chocaloupe, we sat down. no one ever even asked us to order something. it was perfect Amsterdam. there we were, a busy urinal across the street, herring for sale on the corner, a canal and the most wonderfully funky individuals in the world buzzing past both on foot and on bikes. fading in and out were phrases of the doors music. it was curious to watch the men use the urinal and then go directly to the herring stand - made me want to ask if it changed the flavor. : >

by then i was hungry too, but alas no urinal and herring in my future! walked down Haarlemstraat and decided to try the Snow Lion, tibetan restaurant. DO NOT GO there! the food was mediocre at best. If you want Tibetan food - or have never had it please go to the Tibetan restaurant on Utrechtsraat (my spelling of street names is probably wrong, but i think you will understand). Actually ANY restaurant on that street is quite fine. but the tibetan restaurant is pretty authentic - although the rocks and stones are missing. : >

we had the vegetarian fixed price 4 course meal - we split before the coffee and desert - just waned to get out of there! went to Barney's uptown for apple pie and cappuccino - had to run across the street mid drink to restock. bought the Crimea Blue and some African Hand rolled hash named Malana for the end of the night.

the blue is flavorful, fruity, not a harsh tone in it's smoke.

came back to the apartment to take care of the dog, then finished off the the morning glory from yesterday. walked around the corner to rozenstraat and the chinese foot massage. that glorious hour of physical unwinding and foot pampering. 30 minutes of feet soaking in a warm herbal bath, while your face, neck shoulders, back and arms are massaged. then your feet and legs are massaged- 15 minutes each pure luxury.

from there a couple blocks in a light drizzle to Flower Power to play pinball and of course smoke some more. (I slaughtered my mate, by the way!)

and now ...... ohhhhhh back at the apartment and just smoked a combo of the blue and the hash.... very nice.
got to leave the computer and enjoy this................
hummmmm and my mate wants some attention too.

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Postby TrekknHil » Wed Aug 25, 11:58 pm

Thanks for the dog info...you are right...."dogfare" is cheaper than boarding....especially if I go for my normal 2+ week trip. Walking my dog along a canal would make me so happy I'd be laughing like a lunatic! Spike in Amsterdam....someday :)

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Postby muckypup » Thu Aug 26, 10:32 pm

My dog weighs 50 kilos and hates bikes. They scare him but he's man enough to want to 'protect' me from them. You do not want to have to deal with a scared 50 kilo dog who gets defensive.

I love my little boy, but that cunt's the last thing I need when I'm off my box on drugs with lots of dirty canals around. He stays with my friends who, for some reason, love him too.

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Postby JULIET » Fri Aug 27, 12:29 am

Oh Worldly1 I really enjoyed those reports, only just read them.

Im so glad you're enjoying yourselves and chuckled when I read the comment about your dog liking dutch dogs, splendid indeed.

Keep it Up my friend.

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Postby Bohannon » Fri Aug 27, 1:05 am

Well, I own a dog (not a horse like Mucky, lol) but even he is over that weight. How can an animal weigh less that 15 pounds and still be a dog?

I agree that I wouldn't want the responsibility while on vacation in Europe. It would, at the least, limit spontaneity. Guess I'll have to leave de kinderen home to take care of him, lol.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Fri Aug 27, 9:56 am

so day three was another perfect day..

RAIN

all day.

nixed the bikes. (why pay for a locked day to begin with) neither of do bikes and brellas together. figure i could take a tourist and myself down with just one spoke of the umbrella.
so rambled thru the streets window appreciating and wobbly building smiling.

oh, but before this: mate goes to pull out a pair of rain worthy shoes
well
seems he packed a single shoe from two different pairs of shoes. albeit a right one and a left one
we were rolling on the floor, couldn't stop laughing!! : >

he finally decided to wear the "pair" that he packed.... at lest the heels were similar (unlike my shoes!)
stopped at kadinskys for more pinball and the bubblegum. which was cured properly and seems to have held on to it's genetics. regained our trust in their product - and frankly almost 50% less expensive than Barney's or Amnesia.

dropped into the Willet canal house and the van loon. had never done either before. was taken aback at the size of the houses and the rooms. with all the tiny houses and winding staircases encountered in Amsterdam, one forgets that there was also an opulent side. stopped by Stix. always dependable for cool jazz and a laid back atmosphere. enjoyed the properly potent diesel while enjoying the atmosphere and taking a study break. Back on the street. stopped into a church along the way, not sure which one - intricately painted interior and beautiful. I just could not help feeling the oppressive male dominated voice of Rome trying to exert it's control.

back on the street, bought food and wine for supper, stumbled back.
ate, relaxed, toked. all in perfect harmony

later went to Amnesia for the cherry berry and the sticky shiras hash to knock us out. (took a gram of the Utopian Haze to get us out the door in the morning
)strolled over to Doors for some late nite pinball and then back home after midnight

also took care of making reservations at; Toscannini, De Kas, Tempo Doloe and the Superclub. every other meal we will prepare.

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Yeah Mucky, my dogs HATES bikes, cars and suitcases. In NYC, it is like walking a minefield for him. BUT in Amsterdam, it"s like another world. He could care less as the bikes whizz past his nose as he lifts his leg on every post available. people with suitcases, narrow walk ways - he seems to be in his glory. very strange. he weighs 7.5 pounds (he has lots of hair so he appears to be much larger.) When we were getting this, our third dog, my mate said he would agree ONLY if the dog was travel size as he could no longer stand boarding an animal when we travel - i agreed thinking he was being a little over the top. But the truth is- he meant what he said. So at this point, the dog comes or we don't go.

And Amsterfan- the dog actually adds to the experience, he really does not detract. He is an experienced traveler and comes to lectures and such. He has even been invited inside the Gompa (holy space in a Tibetan temple, where animals are not usually allowed). He will attend ceremonies with chanting, drums, horns and cymbals crashing and sit with his complete attention on the rimpoche. (no he is not deaf ; > ) The monks have declared that he is as close to being a human in the animal realm as one can get. Whatever - he is really easy to travel with and he adapts to situations quite well. I agree some pets could be more "work" than one would want!

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Postby FitZerOy » Fri Aug 27, 1:37 pm

Hugely engaging stuff, especially from the unique perspective of having your wee doggums in tow! One of those 'puts you right there' reports I seek out when my own trip is imminent...

Ta!

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sat Aug 28, 10:45 pm

establishing the routine

yesterday (friday), breakfast at apartment. watch the rain

as soon as it lightens we all three (me the two different shoe-ed mate and the dog) go to Paradox; where we gaze, smoke and study. sticking with the chacoloupe.

dog is becoming at home here. He decided he would be the dog greeter at Paradox and all dogs who entered must first say hello to him- if he was somehow ignored, well then we were all serenaded to a high pitched melodic aria which he punctuated with a dramatic tongue rolling yawn. It was going well for him until he met a bigger male, who decided he should just piss on him to show his dominance. luckily (for me) I was fast enough to save us from a bath!

after that adventure, it was time for his nap so back to the apartment. started raining again, so did another first and went to the Amsterdam Historical museum. it was a double treat. i would not have been ready for this on earlier trips (difficult just staying off the streets!), but we found the history well organized with a good hit of relevant art
thru the periods. we liked it and would recommend it - great for a rainy day. we were also lucky enough to catch the last day of the special exhibit "Horengracht". It is an installation art piece done in the 80's in germany depicting the amsterdam red light district. Frankly, I have seen pictures of it and read reviews and was not really expecting to be moved in any direction by it. But it captured a sad, lonely desperation in the women - without being cheesy or pushy. then there was a more modern installation combining fashion and porno as the RLD evolves. one interesting piece, encapsulates the viewer (who sits in a chair and is surrounded on three sides by 3 full size screens) what you experience is what it is like to be the woman in the booth with men looking in, negotiating prices, couples walking by, women giving looks of disdain. some looking at you like you are nothing more than a piece of meat or even less.... provocative for sure.

then on to kadinsky's: good prices, good weed (when you pay attention to the curing) and pinball until our arms were ready to drop. we both kept "breaking" the machine and earning extra games.. pinball paradise for us (but still nowhere near the kind of scores that the 'pros' can get.)

it stopped raining so finally got our bikes from the bike rental place in the Jordaan on Bloemengracht then returned to the apartment to find that the bike key did not fit the lock on the bike they gave my mate. so back he went.

returned to the apartment around 5 ate a large salad, drank wine ate chocolate and fell asleep. woke at 8 realized we had reservations for dinner at 8:30 at tempo doloe and we were already stuffed-- so we cancelled the reservation. biked to kadinsky's to restock and then over to Doors for more pinball..

back to the apartment..and well, you don't need these details. : >

saturday is market day!! love the organic market, bought beautiful veggies, luscious greens and tubers, hand made gnocchi and organic pesto. Then went to Haarlemstraat to Check Your Oil (the store name is actually in Dutch) If you have never been there it is such a trip! These folks are into oils and you will be too after just one visit! you can sample all of these different oils, they just pour them in your palm and you lick it. who would have thought??!! same with vinegars. bought the toscane oil, green, fruity with a hint of spice along with a vinegar that tastes like berries and is sweet and sour at the same time. Really, even if this sounds too not your style - go there - it is such a trip and if you have taste buds that appreciate nuances in foods you will be mad for this place. An Argentinean wine to complete the meal and no restaurant could feed us better!

After procuring all of our goodies, had to take the dog and vacate the apartment as it was cleaning day. the three of us sat outside at Amnesia and read for about 2 hours, . then walked over to Barney's and had the tomato soup (really fresh and surprisingly good) they had no problem with the dog being with us

back to the apartment. it's clean and the dog is ready for a nap. we grabbed the bikes and headed for Vondel park. rode around the park and stumbled on the rose garden (never caught it before) what a perfectly beautiful garden. afterwards, enjoyed the backs of some of the grand homes that back up on the park and just enjoyed the tranquility that the park offers.

(btw the dog HATES bikes screams like he is being murdered either in a basket or in his back pack - so he can not come on bike trips)

went to the Noon and got (what else?) Blueberry and some chocoloupe that THEY say is an Indica...hummm well have to delve into this as we have smoked weed by the same name from Paradox that was called sativa and responded like sativa... lol it's ALL in your mind. : >

let me sample and give you my first hand experience: well. . this IS strange. taste is similar, BUT totally different head. very goood. nooooooon has always been gooood to me.. this takes you down like cognac.

no more writing...gonna enjoy this : >>>>>>>>>>

fitz - no doubt you will have a great trip! (we all have great trips!)

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Postby JULIET » Sun Aug 29, 12:14 am

Thanks for that W1, cant wait to read more hun.

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Postby FitZerOy » Sun Aug 29, 2:14 pm

Indeed we do...3rd slice o dam pie this year...and satisfaction is guaranteed!

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Postby ANDRE3000 » Sun Aug 29, 5:03 pm

Very nice trip reports indeed WC! I can't wait to try
some of the bud you got, cuz it seems like your a
stoner and all the bud you got was high quality.
One thing though, seems like you spend a lot of
time playing pinball? Isn't that something you can
do back in NY? My friend wanted to watch a movie
in Mokum last time, but I talked him outta it because
that is something we can do back home. I can usually
only afford 6 days in Amsterdam. That's just 144 precious
hours. So I like to spend em doing things I can't do
back in the states. Anyways, good stuff though & thanks
for taking the time out of your trip to write all dis down.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 29, 7:04 pm

ANDRE3000 wrote:Very nice trip reports indeed WC! I can't wait to try
some of the bud you got, cuz it seems like your a
stoner and all the bud you got was high quality.
One thing though, seems like you spend a lot of
time playing pinball? Isn't that something you can
do back in NY? My friend wanted to watch a movie
in Mokum last time, but I talked him outta it because
that is something we can do back home. I can usually
only afford 6 days in Amsterdam. That's just 144 precious
hours. So I like to spend em doing things I can't do
back in the states. Anyways, good stuff though & thanks
for taking the time out of your trip to write all dis down.


hey Andre - there are only three pinball machines in NYC (that I know of)- none of them in my hood and I can assure you, that there is NOT ONE of them where I can blow a joint and wack that little silver ball around! so see it is one of those "only in Amsterdam" activities. : >

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 29, 7:05 pm

thanks everyone for the encouragement. without it, I would have stopped writing already!!

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Postby ANDRE3000 » Sun Aug 29, 9:43 pm

Touche WC! I guess your right about that.
Didn't think of it that way :-)
That's why I love channels.
Cuz once you think you have all
the answers, someone enlightens you.


P.S. keep it up, love reading bout
your days in the one and only Mokum.

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Postby TrekknHil » Sun Aug 29, 9:58 pm

I was talked out of seeing "Avatar" in AMS...you can see it at home...blah blah blah...should have boldly gone since the experience would have been much better stoned...and I would have seen my first movie in a Dutch theatre. So next time there is an awesome movie playing, I will go :)
Playing PB with a J hanging out of your mouth must be awesome!

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 29, 10:07 pm

TrekknHil wrote:Playing PB with a J hanging out of your mouth must be awesome!


you understand....sigh : >

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Postby TrekknHil » Sun Aug 29, 10:25 pm

Yes, I understand...doing what you love in a place you love....priceless!

Plus pinball is a blast!!

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Postby patrick » Mon Aug 30, 10:36 pm

good read i am glad you took the time to post.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Mon Aug 30, 11:10 pm

okay another two days wrapped in one report (this is hard to take time to do!)

omg we will have been here a week tomorrow ---

please make time slow down!!

sunday

RAIN

RAIN

RAIN

and then a cold breeze too. that cold damp Amsterdam we all know and love. As a friend says a rainy day in Amsterdam is better than a sunny day anywhere else, though would not want to do the saint nicholas boat ride round the city today!

really could not do much except move from one coffeeshop to another between rain events. The mystery of the chocoloupe continues. We have had two now that were sativa's (rokery and paradox - both really nice happy clear highs, although I like the strain from paradox the best) and one indica from Noon (like being punched in the side of the head) . Guess it really calls into question strains and names - especially perplexing if one is purchases seeds. i knew it was not a science - but i did think there was some consistency of strains and names.

talked to a kid (just turned 20) from Croatia, where he has two friends in jail for a couple of years for less than a gram of pot. what nonsense the ruling class has created.

today.

RAIN

one of those days where i must have certainly been paying back some type of rain karma. really. it's clear almost sunny, i walk down two flights of stairs open the door to take the dog out - torrential rains, buckets. come back up. skies clear. go down unlock the bike ride half a block and the skies open up. lock up. go back change wet clothes wait until the skies clear, go back out, unlock the bike - you guessed it ----- soaked again. and so goes the day. gave up on the bike, at least we can walk with umbrellas,
wandered around and eventually visited the Bluebird coffeeshop (another pinball machine : >) mostly meandered thru old familiar streets and alley ways and even a couple of of undiscovered streets.

found a really neat food place on Kalverstraat close to the Viglesstraat (again excuse the spelling) end ( Rembrandt square end) called Mange Food Place (or something like it) Healthy fast food. to eat there or take home or picnic. buffet style great ingredients good prices.

dinner at Toscannini this evening

wow

we got placed at the chefs table, the one right in front of the kitchen. what a show. an amazing amount of ease and joy in that kitchen. it's a ballet of teamwork..... and the food is an intricate dance of flavors. I had a a ravioli in a butter sage sauce that was unlike anything i have ever tasted. we were also somehow the lucky recipients of the chef's good will and were sent gifts of dishes that we did not order.

i think maybe the rain has stopped ( keep your fingers crossed!)

a dry day or two would be great - hard to think about long bike trips in the rain.

g'dnight

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Wed Sep 01, 12:19 am

WE DID IT!!

woke at 8 am to a beautiful sunny clear day. by 9 the clouds had rolled in and the first drizzle appeared - but just a drizzle. did the Paradox morning with the dog, he's got regular friends now. decided we could not postpone the castle any longer and we wanted to guarantee our success by taking the train to Weesp with our bikes and then riding to Muiden to go to the castle. we howled as we neared Weesp as we had been so close on our last attempt to bike out there. Anyway Weesp is a beautiful little town, with some great architecture, definitely worth taking time to explore, there are even some windmills. one that is operational. This is not a tourist town, not any coffeeshops, quiet conservative, but a real treat. from there followed the signs to Muiden. Easy ride, pastures filled with what seemed like still life paintings of fuzzy thick sheep, huge cows and stately horses. it is great to see goats on a lawn doing their work, instead of someone polluting with a lawn mower. the we got to Muiden, can't figure out how we missed the castle. lol, we were sent in all directions even had a gentleman come running in the street after me to apologize that he sent us in the wrong direction, of course my mate had already gone speeding ahead. BUT we did finally find it. AND it is WORTH going to. (perhaps, not if this is your first trip to Amsterdam - but when the city becomes familiar then this should be on the to do list)

okay , living in North America, we are not surrounded by history the way other parts of the world are. the castle really takes you back to another time and space. like walking into a fairy tale. it was great just to circumnavigate it and view it from every angle. what can i say, i liked the moat! the gardens were impressive, but i did feel bad for the HUGE horned owl (Looked like a really fat cat!) tethered by it's leg to the ground with a little A-frame covering. the castle is a REAL castle - not some disney made idea of a castle. i liked it.

Juliet - it was very ivory tower-ish!

the town of Muiden is really picturesque, again worth a tour. a lot of the 'tall ships' from the Amsterdam sail were still there, so it was an extra treat. As we stood at a corner wondering which direction to head in, the rain came back and three well dressed women in bright conversation walked up to us, one took my hand and proclaimed, 'you made it!, I am glad you got here." (I"m thinking mistaken identity) she continues, so, how do you like it?, I told her the castle was fantastic then she asked me where i was living and we had a discussion on the pros and cons of NYC or the netherlands, the other women smiled brightly - for a moment it felt like i had been recognized by some strange non human race that was expecting me to show up. Then they entered the restaurant we were standing in front of. we decided to go in too --and the strangest thing.... the three women were NOT there (and no - there were no mushrooms or truffles involved : > )

found our way back to Amsterdam, great ride. What a great country, to have such an amazing network of bike paths!

observation: we have lost some of our enthusiasm for Kadnisky's (not the pinball machine) just their consistency of product.

picked up some salad fixings (got the great oil and vinegar), a bottle of wine and pizza at La Perla in the jordaan and brought it back to the apartment. If you love real authentic Italian pizza then you gotta sample this place. the pizza man (he has a tittle) is a certified pizza maker from Italy - yes there are such things. Anyway, highly recommended.

ended the evening at Amnesia (high prices but great consistent smoke. talked to a couple of 30 year old guys from Cypress and England, as we were saying good bye one of them said, I hope i age like you guys and hugged us both.

it was another sweet day in (and around) Amsterdam!

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a sweet first day in Amsterdam

Postby John T » Wed Sep 01, 5:30 pm

Great Report, nicely written!
This is what I come to Channels for.

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Re: a sweet first day in Amsterdam

Postby JohnnyHempseed » Thu Sep 02, 12:10 am

John T wrote:Great Report, nicely written!
This is what I come to Channels for.


ditto.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Thu Sep 02, 7:32 pm

Thanks John T and Johnny Hempseed, for the appreciation. really without receiving feedback, i would have stopped writing...

so I am glad to bring you along on our little vacation!

started with the regular routine of breakfast at the apartment and oj with the dog at paradox

(btw this place turns into such a local hangout after 6pm, it's quite an alternative to the drug tourist crowd, and a lot of fun, if you are lucky enough to be included.

Another really good local type coffeeshop - with good smoke and descent prices is Coffeeshop Relax on Vinkenstraat. it's a street that runs parallel to Browersgracht and Haarlemmerstraat.)

favorite hash thus far Azila by Amnesia. sticky, fresh and quickly pulls you down the rabbit hole.

we did errands things today and bought the little gifts to take home
even bought my years supply of stripped over the knee socks

just tooled around the jordan mostly to find unique gifts at the various artists shops

(i am a little under the weather with a headache and swollen glands. i think the rain got me one too many times)

dinner was at De Kas


we rode out on our bikes, it's in the direction of the zoo and then a ways past. (google maps is really great for getting directions - and sometimes they even work!)

again i am amazed at the well organized and defined network of bike lanes. geez Mayor Bloomberg puts in a couple of overly fancy (and dangerous, because of the height of the curbs and overall design) bike lanes in NYC and thinks he really accomplished something... our leadership and city planners are clueless as to how to make things work.,

anyway back to de kas

it is set in a park with wonderful paths and bridges, worth arriving early just to enjoy the park (and smoke a joint)

The restaurant is a real step away from the hustle and bustle of the city. it's a restaurant in a greenhouse. they grow all their own organic food. get fresh fish daily, have their own farm where meat is fresh killed, their own chickens etc. Actually the chefs are a couple of guys who ironically worked at Moosewood in Ithaca NY (a vegetarian restaurant). The serve basically the same food for everyone (although they adjust for food allergies, dislikes and of course they make allowances for vegetarians! ) It's 3 appetizers, a main course and a dessert. I (the vegetarian) had corn on the cob, dripping in herbed butter, a variation on potato samosa and a "cannolli stuffed with pumpkin. the main course was a HUGE artichoke filled with risotto the desert was something indescribable. My mate eats fish, so he had some fishy stuff interspersed. Everything was delicious. except the dessert. this is the second time we have eaten here and i gotta say, both times desert fell short: tangy, sour flavors. i like something more on the sweet, smooth warm hug range for dessert. But still was well worth the trip (a bit more expensive as restaurants go approx. $50. a person plus wine ). One caveat, the food is 'rich' - they use butter, cream and cheeses with out regard.

breezed over to Amnesia to sit by the canal and enjoy a final evening smoke, before retreating to smoke a bit more prior to sleep...

but sleep never came. instead a fever and sweats seemed to be the order of the night. Hot, fevered, sweat and then cold, freezing and the the cycle began again. all night long, i was exhausted and feeling like shit. by 6 am i lost the dinner that seemed to have remained in my stomach the entire night without doing a thing.

It was not as impressive the second time around!

so this is a really low key day. my body is in charge and not my mind. my mind is NOT happy. it has a thousand things on it's to do list.

but instead the body demands tea, soup sleep. so besides a couple of short jaunts out to get air and force the body parts to function, i am relegated to lying on the couch and watching amsterdam life go by, sure beats anything on the tele. thank goodness my mate is happy to go out and enjoy the day, while remembering to bring me periodic goodies from the outside world.



i imagine it will be a quiet night.

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Postby moe. » Fri Sep 03, 3:43 am

Great trip report, I loved reading it all. It got me fired up for next month's trip.

What a trip to read about Moosewood and Ithaca, I grew up 40 miles from there and my girlfriend has their cookbook in the kitchen, although we never use it.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Fri Sep 03, 10:28 am

hey, moe it's a really small world!!

i grew up in that section of NY too....


now you gotta share YOUR report too!
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