August 2012

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Postby boneymaroni » Fri Aug 17, 6:21 pm

Sounds like a spider bite WC. See a doc if you develop fever, rash or have (over and above the norm) muscle aches/pain.

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Postby Mokumania » Fri Aug 17, 9:33 pm

Get a bug bomb, cover all the food, set it off when you leave in the morning.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sat Aug 18, 5:26 pm

Thanks boney....
Am I fevered - or is it just hot?!

actually since using the cream the bite has stopped getting worse

and no John - no bedbugs
These are Mosquito bites from sitting outside, on the porch canalside at night.
We have been told that something happened weather wise and the wasps that eat the misquitos died out early and everyone is dealing with them to some extent.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sat Aug 18, 5:41 pm

Day 8   8/17

another sunny day!
The weekend promises to be the hottest of the year
(90* on sunday for our bike trip!)

These are the winds from Africa
Sort a like a southern wind in the states
So there is NO chill in the breeze

The agenda for the day is to rent a boat and tool ourselves around the canals
The mate reminds me that Tak had said we could borrow one of his boats, so figured to stop by there first.

Biked over and knocked on the door, we were cordially invited in for coffee and smoke.

We talked about the canals and boat sewage.  How his boat only recently got hooked up and on how he did not think our boat was hooked up yet to the sewage system.  Hmmm, interesting image.  leaving a daily reminder of my presence here in Amsterdam...  I AM  (am)sterdam!!

Conversation moves to the boat.  Of course he says you can borrow my canoe, here's a little motor......
Wait
Backup
Did you say canoe?
Yes, he replies.
It's a little tippy.

Reflecting on the previous conversation and looking at my mate:
I thought he will be in the canal before an hour is up
And 
To top it off
paranoid for the remainder of the trip.

We passed on the canoe and bid adieu.

Stopped back at the boat and the mate found this concert and dinner for the grachenfest on their web page:

"The COMPOSERS’ DINNER is a dinner seating several hundred, where the guests play a key part in the composition. Our objective will be to achieve a shared epiphany of symphonic effect. Long tables along the canals, stirring music and a chance to take part in a unique composition combine to create an unforgettable evening for all. 

To mark the occasion, 12 vastly different composers were each asked to produce a new work this year especially for the COMPOSERS' DINNER. For their inspiration they look to the spectrum of sounds of daily life – to items of everyday use on the street, in homes, shops and buildings, as diverse as the doorbell, the bathtub, cutlery, bicycles, sirens, car horns, the mayor's hammer and the myriad other devices that set the tone of our living environment. Through their creations, the composers will lead us in a rebellion against the soundscape of our day."

Sounded intriguing
So off to the Leidenscplein to see if there are still available tickets
He had success and vegetarian meals to boot.
woot for us!

While the mate got the tickets, I stayed outside with the bikes.
The police are getting very strict with bike locking rules in Amsterdam.
One can no longer just lock up anywhere, but must actually be locked up in a properly designated area. Especially at central station, Leidenscplein  and Rembrandtsplein .  I watched as the  cops made the rounds picking up bikes in every corner of the square.  A lot of rental bikes (strange - since we were warned about this) being picked up along with bikes owned by locals.

The police were very accommodating, as people realized that their bikes were being hauled away they would run from all directions to the truck.  Amazingly, the cops would talk to them, give them a warning and pull the individuals bike off the truck!

I even viewed them moving a couple of illegally placed bikes on to the proper designated spaces, instead of hauling them off.  Kool.

Rode over to rembrantsplein for a smoke and a walk around.
Sat outside of smokeys.  There was a great Flaminco guitar playier
In the park .  It was overflowing with people enjoying the sun and the atmosphere.

Observed car patience.  I am sure residents see this differently,
But I am amazed at the level of patience exhibited by drivers
When the path is blocked by a delivery truck or car.  They just sit and
Patiently wait. No head bobbing up and down to see what is holding them up.
Certainly no horn blowing..

Saw a didge player with cymbals on a stand and a djembe (drum) between his legs.  Really amazing, he had an entire rhythm section backing his didge playing.  He was very, very good.  Talk about rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time.  Impressive.  Very impressive.

Walked over to Seville CS to play their pinball.   Different machine than last year.   But I swear they had put small flippers on the bottom, as the center hole seemed ginormous.  We were in agreement on this perception.

Came home ( ohh i like when it feels like home) to play with the dog and tool around the neighborhood

Changed clothes and went to the long table concert
Actually I went to grab seats and the mate strode over to amnesia to pick up smoke for the concert.

The leiligracht canal was roped off to pedestrian and car traffic
There are these long
very long
old wooden tables set up with benches and placemats alongside the canal
On both sides.
I grab a couple of seat on the far empty end
As the place begins to fill, I realize
That those attending appear to be the 
Proper Dutch ruling class

Should have saved the mate a trip, as clearly it would be best to not whip out the pipe with this crowd.

From my pov
The concert was not successful musically.
The music was like
A
Spike jones knock off
without the inspiration.
(at least to my ear)

The audience participation was more about playing with your food
Than making music
Oh well

The waite jstaff  walked on the tables to serve
And THEY got to play bells and gongs...just not us.  : <

At one point we were directed (all in Dutch)
To a rhythm count out to-
Break your hard crispy cracker beat beat -
Chew chew . Wait..then spit it out.
(yeah - spit it out on the ground.  Some folks on the opposite side of the canal
Participated, but on our side - people  just refused to spit out their food.  We did as the Romans.
But 
For the most part the Grown Dutch men acted like little boys
In the end they were throwing their food down the table
And just being childishly silly, with the grins to match.  
Kind of a surprise.

Oh the food.....
Waiters 
Throw a small head of lettuce at you
Not even on your plate.
Then we are 
Directed (still all in dutch) to put your nose in it and smell the lettuce
Then peel the leaves  and make a flower 
As more food came out you built your plate ...

Humm play with your food, then eat it..

Let's just agree this was for the experience 
And not the food 
The dinner?
After the lettuce
An antipasto plate for every 4 people
Then
We received tomatoes and zucchini in a sesame sauce
Followed by a  rattatoui  both with meat and vegetarian 
Topped off with an apple for dessert
Oh. And some bread..
The apples were thrown around in all directions
( this was not a directed activity)

Backing up a bit
 
As everyone was being seated I noticed an awful lot of people
Pointing at the gentleman seated next to us.  Many just point smile
And whisper.  Others offer a little wave.  He seemed to be very popular in the crowd.  This is a SOCIAL event.  Neighbors, friends, everyone talking across the tables and to the people seated on either side.  So the very popular gentleman and his wife become chatty.  We ended up in intense conversation for the entire evening with this couple.  Turns out he is a local D-66 politician  and local councilman, with an absolutely unpronounceable name.   So, we  got to talk politics all evening with he and the wife.  They were warm hearted, intelligent and very honest people.  She actually lamented how even her son has a more rightish stance, with  little understanding of the dutch pov - that helping others helps you in the long run.  She said he was very selfish, a behavior they do not believe they instilled in him, but see reflected in the youth. They were a bit worried about the evolution here.  It was a surprising conversation, certainly one I can not imagine ever having with an american politician.   Like everyone we seem to met here in the land of oz, they were not hiding behind a polished polyester version of a public face.  Whether we agreed or not we all listened to one another - again different from what happens in the states.  It was worth the price of the ticket just for the entire experience.  

Realized another reason I love this place
The women are rocking
They are strong, outspoken
Even the older women, let their freak flag fly
Wearing purple glasses or orange shoes and multi colored hair.
Do this in the states -'you are stared at.
And even thought to be a wee bit off your rocker
Do it here and you are normal. And perhaps even endearing

Men of ALL ages acknowledge my presence
And to me, most impressively is that 
20 something girls will look me in the eye and smile
In the states, this age range of girl, is not connected
to the sisterhood of womankind. They will always meet me with
Their eyes downward.

I Just feel connected here

Oh and the boat thing never happened
So much for an agenda in Amsterdam
Soon
But not today.

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Postby bogart » Sat Aug 18, 6:48 pm

worldcitizen1723 wrote:Stopped back at the boat and the mate found this concert and dinner for the grachenfest on their web page:

"The COMPOSERS’ DINNER is a dinner seating several hundred, where the guests play a key part in the composition. Our objective will be to achieve a shared epiphany of symphonic effect. Long tables along the canals, stirring music and a chance to take part in a unique composition combine to create an unforgettable evening for all. 


That sounds stultifying. Should be avoided, would give it a wide birth. I might even bypass the whole country just to avoid things of such a nature.

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Postby Mokumania » Sat Aug 18, 7:13 pm

bogart wrote:
worldcitizen1723 wrote:Stopped back at the boat and the mate found this concert and dinner for the grachenfest on their web page:

"The COMPOSERS’ DINNER is a dinner seating several hundred, where the guests play a key part in the composition. Our objective will be to achieve a shared epiphany of symphonic effect. Long tables along the canals, stirring music and a chance to take part in a unique composition combine to create an unforgettable evening for all. 


That sounds stultifying. Should be avoided, would give it a wide birth. I might even bypass the whole country just to avoid things of such a nature.



...and Barney's shakes their buds, right mate?

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Postby bogart » Sat Aug 18, 7:24 pm

Mokumania wrote:
bogart wrote:
worldcitizen1723 wrote:Stopped back at the boat and the mate found this concert and dinner for the grachenfest on their web page:

"The COMPOSERS’ DINNER is a dinner seating several hundred, where the guests play a key part in the composition. Our objective will be to achieve a shared epiphany of symphonic effect. Long tables along the canals, stirring music and a chance to take part in a unique composition combine to create an unforgettable evening for all. 


That sounds stultifying. Should be avoided, would give it a wide birth. I might even bypass the whole country just to avoid things of such a nature.


...and Barney's shakes their buds, right mate?


I think that one of the problems with Dutch cannabis policy is that the relationship between dealer and punter should be somewhat intimate. the coffeeshops foster an environment of entitlement.

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Postby Mokumania » Sat Aug 18, 10:48 pm

bogart wrote:
Mokumania wrote:
bogart wrote:
worldcitizen1723 wrote:Stopped back at the boat and the mate found this concert and dinner for the grachenfest on their web page:

"The COMPOSERS’ DINNER is a dinner seating several hundred, where the guests play a key part in the composition. Our objective will be to achieve a shared epiphany of symphonic effect. Long tables along the canals, stirring music and a chance to take part in a unique composition combine to create an unforgettable evening for all. 


That sounds stultifying. Should be avoided, would give it a wide birth. I might even bypass the whole country just to avoid things of such a nature.


...and Barney's shakes their buds, right mate?


I think that one of the problems with Dutch cannabis policy is that the relationship between dealer and punter should be somewhat intimate. the coffeeshops foster an environment of entitlement.



Can anyone translate please?

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Postby chigusa » Sat Aug 18, 11:08 pm

it means amsterdam is a bit of a seller's market and sometimes people running coffeeshops act like cunts.
are you new or something?

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 19, 4:35 pm

Day 9.    8/18

Oh, can my heart take it?
Just another magical day here in heaven!

Woke up and rolled out of bed to the market,
We were out of the essentials
Like coffee, bread and flowers
so procured a fabulous bouquet 
(the original sunflowers, had lost their desire to keep their heads up- a sad commentary on the passage of time - that I refuse to acknowledge)

Got some tarts, a great raisin and nut bread
And a new brick of butter
Along with a huge amount of the organic blueberries.

Winnie stopped over for coffee and blueberry tart
Some bonding conversation and of course some smoke
Before going to the market herself.

It is such a warm sunny summery day
I am godsmacked dumbstruck 
It is not warm, it is hot!

After a nice walk with the dog
Hop on the bikes and heard over to the zeedijk
For the 
Hearts day celebration.
Now this is just too much!

Tattooed opera singers hanging out the windows
Singing arias, accompanied by pianos in the street
How incredible is that?

There was some cross dressing, but not that much..
The performers were great.  Totally emotionally committed to the pieces they sang.  This was occurring up and down the street.

We had a great time following the music 
From building to building down the zeedjik.

Took a break over at voyagers.  Really liking their sativas

Then returned for more opera.

Met the 2 famous 80 year old prostitutes..
(they may be twins)
Kind of the grand dams of the festival
They walked down the street like royalty
With a full camera crew in tow
The mate and I were kissed by both.
And brought in to their festivities.
People were lining up to have their pictures taken
With this infamous duo
I understand one of them is still working.
Hard to picture...then again,
Guess, there are clients for  everyone.
Anyway, we can now say we have both been kissed by a hooker in Amsterdam.


As we were listening and enjoying
Yet another aria

A hand grabbed my arm thru the crowd.
A Dutch gentleman is inquiring if he may buy us both a drink.
We are kind of dumbfounded and say yes to a glass of wine a piece.
Shortly after he returns to us standing in the middle of the street with wine in hand and gestures to his friends (three Dutch couples), and says:
"We just had to buy you two a drink, because we are so enjoying your smiles!"

Really??
Where in the world does this happen?
No other place on the planet that I know of!

We sat and talked with them afterwards.  They were shocked
That we were purposely there, and had not just stumbled upon it
They said, the tourists come for queens day, but those in the know come for hearts day.  They made us promise to meet them next year, at the same spot. 
We actually shared a lovey hour or two with them.  They  insisted on buying more drinks (as they were leaving!!!)
We begged them not to, as we just do not hold alcohol well- especially without food.... and we were on bicycles.  They thankfully were able to cancel the additional drinks that they ordered.  After they disappeared, we just shook our heads in sheer disbelief.

On the return trip the mate crashed into one of the stripped road 
Dividers.  Luckily no damage to bike or him.  Alcohol is dangerous!

Back to apartment
Trade bikes for dog 
Off to 137 to give the dog a bit of an outing
And catch up on this epic trip report
The owners were not too  worried about the weitpass, but concerned
Enough to say they are making sure that their voice is heard with their vote in the upcoming election.  They were also making certain that their customers showed up to vote.  I like that they were being proactive.

Mate made a great meal with the fresh findings from the market
And we ate on the porch.

Then off to the grachtenfest  concert in front of the Pulitzer hotel
Was really crowded by the time we arrived, people had been defining and claiming their sitting and standing space for hours already.  Found a little square of  street to sit on and claimed it.  It was soo hot, that we took the dog into the massive crowd cuz we were afraid it was just too hot to leave him in the boat.  My gawd , midnight and sweating on the streets of Amsterdam.  Anybody want to argue global warming?

The concert was great
Though really the main reason we are there
Is for the finale when everyone sings 
Aan de amsterdamase grachten

It always feels so special.
makes me really happy to be in a crowd singing this song in Amsterdam

Came home
And had a difficult night's sleep
It was hot and there was next to no air movement on the canal

Now that is a once in a lifetime experience!
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Postby a bollocks » Sun Aug 19, 4:54 pm

Two things:

Winnie & a tart...at the risk of being redundant...

and..your mentioning debating global warming...
now CTCT, aka Jim Inhofe Jr, will chime in.

Ugh.

Btw, Winnie is a peach.... tart.

Good shit here, girl. Lovely prose.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Mon Aug 20, 7:50 am

a bollocks wrote:Two things:

Winnie & a tart...at the risk of being redundant...

and..your mentioning debating global warming...
now CTCT, aka Jim Inhofe Jr, will chime in.

Ugh.

Btw, Winnie is a peach.... tart.

Good shit here, girl. Lovely prose.



Yeah! Winnie is the best!
Thanks for making certain we connected!

And thanks for letting me know you are enjoying the reports
Without feedback I do get a bit paranoid and begin to think I should shut up already.

God
I wish I lived here, at least part of the year.

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Postby chigusa » Mon Aug 20, 9:11 am

you mustn't shut up. frankly i'm surprised you've got the time to update this report at all. i can't speak for any other bugger but you manage to locate and attend loads of interesting stuff, whereas i just round up a bucket of dope and gad about the place
being the kind of drug tourist shite the cloggies don't want messing up the city.
keep it up. keep seeing what is really there, and remember as much as you can because you'll miss it when you are gone.
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Postby kiwi_in_Oz » Mon Aug 20, 9:38 am

worldcitizen1723 wrote:
a bollocks wrote:Two things:

Winnie & a tart...at the risk of being redundant...

and..your mentioning debating global warming...
now CTCT, aka Jim Inhofe Jr, will chime in.

Ugh.

Btw, Winnie is a peach.... tart.

Good shit here, girl. Lovely prose.



Yeah! Winnie is the best!
Thanks for making certain we connected!

And thanks for letting me know you are enjoying the reports
Without feedback I do get a bit paranoid and begin to think I should shut up already.

God
I wish I lived here, at least part of the year.



no way wc dont you dare shut up! I look forward to your updates since you started. generally read when having a bad moment at work and instantly I'm in the promised land once again.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Mon Aug 20, 10:40 am

Thanks

I'm not fishing for compliments, but do like to know that you
Are enjoying the trip with us!

Kiwi glad to be a bright spot in your day! : > And yeah I know, you want a picture of the dog..maybe when I am back home I will figure out how to post pictures and even some video of hearts day.

Chig- means a lot that you are enjoying the report. Thanks.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Mon Aug 20, 10:43 am

Day 10.   8/19

Yup
Still hot
Another cloudless morning and it is HOT
At 10:00!  They say  it will become 93 degrees today!

This is the day of our bike trip with Winnie.

So off we go to visit at her place,
We are already hot and sweaty when we arrive
We share smoke, tea and an apple tart...
And cool down.
Once the mate's shirt is dried
We leave-
Off  we go to ruigoord 
The 40 year old hippie squat community
Outside of Amsterdam
(jus google it, if you want more info)

Winnie says our riding skills were just fine
And that we were flying 
(yeah she probably was whispering something totally  different under her breath). : >
Trip was nice, easy but had very little shade.
A lot of hot sun beating down with a steady intensity

We arrived at ruigoord .  What a super place.  Like a little hippie kingdom
Creative and free flowing.  Poetry written on a house, art in the strangest locations.  My kind of town.

all of a sudden, deep within my hot sweaty body I feel an internal chill
.....figure this is not a good sign in the extreme heat, perhaps a warning I should heed....i opt out of walking around in the sun, so we went inside the old church, to get a drink and just cool down

Picture it:
The mate is drenched in perspiration, he has a literal waterfall running down his chest.  His shirt is soaked.  His face a drippy mess.  He appears to be literally Melting in front of me.
(luckily i can not see myself) but I am a hot sweaty mess, the mate says my face is beet red, my hair is wet
My clothes are damp.

Then there is Winnie.  Sitting across from us:  calm, cool as a cucumber.  Not even a slight gleam of perspiration on her brow.   Her hair perfectly in place.  How'd she do that?  Took me probably a good 40  minutes for my face to turn a more normal shade -  I could feel the heat just pouring out of me.  

Ruigoord has a really nice vibe;  open, spirited and artistic
Held back from acting like the nosey tourist and did not snap any pictures 
even though I really wanted to!
Would have stayed longer, but I was concerned about the dog at the boat.

(unfortunately he hates the bike and screams in terror - so taking him on bike rides is just not an option)

Gotta close up the boat when we leave, no windows open etc.   I knew the boat would be slowly becoming an oven, even with fans, so i am worried about the little guy.

The ride back was perfect, a couple of clouds had rolled in, and a gentle breeze
met our cheeks.  It was not half as harsh as the trip out there.

When we were at Winnie's place she generously gave me a  fantastic lighter.  Maybe more like a mini blow torch.   Really perfect lighter.   To be honest I had been admiring it from afar, she said she had a couple and so she shared her treasure with the lighter challenged pipe smoker.  As soon as we parted ways, the lighter would no longer work for me.   I'm beginning to take this issue with lighters and fire personally.  Not clear on what the message is here.  But really, am I breaking all these lighters?
is my thumb that strong??!

The place is hot
Open up the boat to get some air
Took a shower 
Made dinner and ate in the sweltering heat
Took another shower
The dog looks heat dazed
Put a cool cloth on his belly
The three of us decide to head out to  possibly 
Catch a breeze or even air conditioning
Walk over to amnesia.  Crowded.  Hot inside
Outside chairs filled
Walk over to Barney's uptown
As I seem to remember that they were air conditioned
Nope
Problems with their machine - it is too loud and the neighbors complained
So hot, hot, hot..
Sit outside on the bench with the dog and smoke a bowl
Drink water
It is 22:00 and hot.
Walk over to 137
Rain drops.... Yeah 
( how ironic - now I'm wishing for rain!)
All that comes are a few spit drops and noisy rumblings
Sit outside, smoke some more
There is a breeze - when it is present, it is great
When it stops, it is again stupifyingly hot.

Came back
Took more showers
Smoked more
As we were pulling down the bed covers
A huge fat spider scurried across the bed

SPLAT

"om shanti ,
We wish you a better life next time around"

I bet that mother or one of her kids was my attacker.
Justice has been served!


The bite on my hand is improving

We enter a hot, sweaty, restless nights sleep

This really did turn into an unexpected beachy vacation..

One final true confession
I did not pack clothes for this type of heat
Last night, I decided the lightest clothing I had was my 
Night gown ( mid thigh length)
Wtf
That is what I wore out last night to beat the heat
And everyone accepted me as perfectly normal
Not one strange glance..

I        
LOVE this place!

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Postby chichi123 » Mon Aug 20, 3:30 pm

Lovely WC!

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Postby Old Fart » Mon Aug 20, 5:16 pm

Thanks for taking the time WC.

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Postby John T » Mon Aug 20, 5:38 pm

WC
My wife doesn’t read channels but I send sections of your posts to her email. Yesterday she said “that lady can writeâ€￾ she especially loved the line “even the older women, let their freak flag fly “, I think she liked it because she fits into that category.

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Postby octafish » Mon Aug 20, 9:45 pm

WC for Mayor

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Postby sdshadow » Mon Aug 20, 11:05 pm

I am going to read your entire trip report to my wife. Thanks for every word of it so far!

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Postby muckypup » Tue Aug 21, 1:37 am

Why are you writing in that absurd manner? If I wanted to read forced-wannabe-quirky gibberish, I'd look up some of Bollsy's old work.

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Postby a bollocks » Tue Aug 21, 1:40 am

MalarkyPimp wrote:Why are you writing in that absurd manner? If I wanted to read forced-wannabe-quirky gibberish, I'd look up some of Bollsy's old work


She wishes.

Now, let's see some of YOUR reports, tit.

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Postby John T » Tue Aug 21, 5:57 pm

WC
good restaurant near you
De Reiga Nieuwe Leliestraat 34a
It's a Brown Cafe. A very local place
Good meat, fish, veggie
Great Belgian beer
If you go make it early it gets crowded
Fun local scene in the back past the bar

When we are in Amsterdam we will go
twice and we have to take a tram up
from the Amstel to get there

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Re: August 2012

Postby worldcitizen1723 » Tue Aug 21, 10:54 pm

John T wrote:WC
good restaurant near you
De Reiga Nieuwe Leliestraat 34a
It's a Brown Cafe. A very local place
Good meat, fish, veggie
Great Belgian beer
If you go make it early it gets crowded
Fun local scene in the back past the bar

When we are in Amsterdam we will go
twice and we have to take a tram up
from the Amstel to get there


Thanks, will check it out. : >

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Tue Aug 21, 11:06 pm

Day 11.   8/20

As you can see, by the late posting
My timing has been thrown off.  : >


It's starting out as a Beautiful sunny day
Should be about 80.

It's cleaning day 
Time to tidy up
My mates nephew and wife are visiting Europe for the first time
(30 somethings and non smokers) staying in amsterdam for 5 days
Then off to Italy  for two weeks.  We are excited
And maybe a bit apprehensive.  After all, we know
What to do with our smoking buddies.. Keeping my fingers crossed this works out and they see the extraordinary beauty in this city.

Mate went out to procure tickets for a boat ride tomorrow.  Seems the saint Nicholas boat club is still under fire with legal problems.  But the smart business people at boom have opportunistically procured their own, larger boat going out just once a day.  So he bought tickets with them since it was still better than a big tour boat- and probably better than us taking out a little self navigating boat to show them the city.

Pretty uneventful morning.  Oh, am getting, damn ballsy here on Prinsengracht.  rolled out of bed,  slipped on some long pants under my nightie and walked the dog.  The antique market was in full swing, just walked in the other direction .

Still a little apprehensive, Maybe just that it feels like the intimate connection to the city has been dampened or changed in some manner and we are now tour guides.  Silly, I know.  

The kids got in to town and we met them at their apartment.  Jet lagged and excited we walked them thru the Jordaan and over to the winkel, home of the best apple pie/tart in Amsterdam, or that is what most claim.  They seemed to be impressed and agreed it was better  than any they had previously eaten.    They both noticed  immediately it was just, butter, flour, apples,  sugar- pure  simple and delicious.. Sat at one of those long tables outside.  Actually  we had stood for awhile waiting to spot an empty table, like Americans waiting for a table.  I had already lost my Dutch friendly but aggressive sense of space (how quickly we can revert when those from home spot us here) , After a couple minutes, reality hit, this is silly, standing here like this- so directed them to join a half filled table.   A 20 year Dutch girl, Two 25 year guys from brazil and the four of us.  The Dutch girl and i quickly fell into a lively and animated conversation.  See!  I said the young girls talk to me here.  She was passionate about wanting to become a photographer and was in school.  She spoke of what triggered her decision and the specific photos that had pretty much rocked her world.  The  young men from brazil struggled valiantly with English and talked about their extended travel adventures in Europe.  When we left the kids asked, is this how it always is - I replied yes, if you want it to be.

Later I must say, that conversation seemed like a déjà vu.  I have sat here, in this same place and have had the exact same conversation with this girl.  Scenes in Amsterdam have a way of doing that for me.  Sometimes it all feels like a scripted play with scenes that I return to reenact.  

Walked them back to settle in to Charles  apartment on Prinsengracht . We had directed them to his apartments as they are fabulous.  Great views, a bit  of luxury in furnishings.  ( we had stayed at his place 3 or 4 times). Until it just got too expensive for us, especially for a stay longer than a weekend.
walked them to rembrandtsplein and then to Stix

Their first coffeeshop
Cool jazz playing, the place was empty.
 we wanted to toke up before dinner
I felt guilty for the smoke in their faces
Of course they did no sampling
With their jet lag and disorientation,  was probably best to leave them 
With nothing more than a contact high.

down the street to Tempo doeloe
As Indonesian food would be something completely new and different for them
Shared a ricetable  and a very nice meal. 
Good conversation spiced with exotic flavors and laughter.

The meal was really good, fresh, aromatic, thought it had slipped a little last year when we had visited, but was right back up there.  Suppose everyday can't be stellar in restaurants or in life.

i was gonna walk them to the redlight district after dinner and then back home.
But after observing their half asleep stumble,  decided to get them back to their apartment as quickly as possible

Returned home notice i have a quiet undertow of melancholy.


It is a bit cooler tonight
With very high humidity
Should be more comfortable to sleep

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Postby chichi123 » Tue Aug 21, 11:26 pm

Why you feel melancholy?

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Postby chigusa » Tue Aug 21, 11:39 pm

because it's more or less the middle.

if i had to guess.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Wed Aug 22, 7:59 am

chigusa wrote:because it's more or less the middle.

if i had to guess.


Yup
Chig you nailed it
The unspoken reality

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Wed Aug 22, 4:41 pm

Day 12.  8/21

Woke to one of the first overcast mornings
From a sleep that was the soundest since the 
Heat rolled in.

Were supposed to met the kids at 11,00
Instead directed them to go to bike city where we will catch up 

Fortified with the bio lemon haze from voyagers 
We are ready to begin

Btw still liking the bio lemon.  Also the Casey jones from voyagers
For indica:  critical kush from amnesia.   Although we sampled an indica from grey area that gapie from ACD had shared...it is still on my list to sample it more completely.   But geez, grey area always seems to have a line out the door.

Met the kids at the bike shop and decided it would be best to take them to vondel park so that they get a good feel for riding this heavier Dutch bike.
Rode thru the back canal  lijibaanstraat to leidesplein then to the park.  Gloriously beautiful.

After pedaling around the park one lap, we stopped for a water and smoke break

Went thru the rules of the road (as best we have figured out)

Shared the cardinal walking rule 
If you see a bike coming at you while crossing a street
DO NOT BECOME A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS
Whatever you do, keep walking in the same direction at the same speed.
The biker has already made mental accommodations for your trajectory-
Change your mind mid stream and the possible outcome could be bad for both the pedestrian and the cyclist.

Then off to the antique section,  over to the dam, then the red light district,
Niuemarkt , and then back around to Prinsengracht to pick up cheese, wine and fruit for the boat ride.

I am experiencing  two different manners of absorbing reality:  "seeing" and  "being".

This may come off as stoner jibberish .
But, hey... Nothing wrong with calling a spade a spade

when the mate and I are together in oz.  there is a simple beingness-
We are here, open, and led by some invisible wave that moves us from one adventure to another.  One smile and conversation to another.   When sharing the experience - we are switched in to a mental state of seeing and showing Amsterdam.   Instead of I am sterdam -  more like
I observe Amsterdam-  a different energetic relationship not as closely integrated to the core.  Guess for me the difference is seeing is more right brain, logical, while being appears to be much less rational, seated in the left brain.

Anyway, you want to hear about Amsterdam! : >


The boom boat
As we waited in front of the boom theatre
Every so often the mate or I would step to the side
Of the building and have a hit or two from our pipes
Absolutely every time there was a hint of smoke in the air,
An italian gentleman glided across the sidewalk to have
A look - he never spoted us smoking....we wondered
If he perhaps was upset smelling the smoke...
Not sure

Well, you might have guessed it,  the st Nicholas boat club it sure ain't!
bigger boats, higher, removed from the water
Seat a lot more people, a number of tourists with children
Granted,  not the big tourist boats,  but only a step or two removed.

The guide
was a very warm and talkative boom actor
The tour was as much a commercial for himself and boom
As it was about the city

I miss the real boat people from the st Nicholas crew
There was something pure about their rugged presence
And their love of the boats they commandeered.

Of course, what can ruin a boat ride thru the canals of Amsterdam?
Sat in the back, tuned the guide out and enjoyed our food and smoke
It was a very sunny afternoon.  (One that was supposed to be totally overcast
And cloudy). At times almost enjoyed going under the canal bridges even more than the canals because of the shade they provided.

Oh and the Italian gentleman who had been trying to find the pot source
 high tailed it to the back of the boat
To smoke his pre rolled purchases.  
Guess he just needed assurance that others would be smoking.
the actor did direct smokers to the back and families towards the front,
So there were no conflicts of interest.

Still, it ain't the same.  Nowhere near the same experience,

Got back on the bikes and to our respective homes had about 75 minutes to prepare for dinner.

Solved the Proef dilemma.

As we did not want to eat the same meal again and it is such a fine experience.
Food plus set and setting..we decided to give them a meal without us.
They were to meet us at 19,00 and we would escort them to the restaurant.
At 19,15. Get a call...they are lost.   

We are on the same canal, the same side of the canal as them and only a couple bridges between us.   How could this happen?  Well it appears that they were zipping along way to quickly on their bikes and just kept  missing us.

Once successfully ensconced at Proef, we promised to retrieve them when their meal was completed. Set off on our own.  Not certain what we wanted to do for a couple of hours, we stopped in the park for inspiration and a smoke.  Wandering, we popped into pacific parc.  I have always loved their website, "a sunny place for shady people".  We decided to have a bite while seated outside.

Had the most fabulous pumpkin soup, spiced only the way the Dutch can spice a soup. You know, that indonesian surprise combo of spices.  It just feels healing as it rolls thru the digestive system.  The mate had a baked filleted white fish that was superb - the waitress asked us how we liked it
We gushed.   She laughed and said, " yah, better than you thought it would be?!
Everyone says that!". It is true.  It is a good find for good food at a moderate price.  They also have dj's and sometimes live music, just gotta check their venue.

While we were seated there, the temperature began to drop.  I had brought a sweater, scarf and a jacket in my bag.  (I am always prepared for the temperature drop in Amsterdam) but he thought I was crazy when I suggested it earlier in the evening.   So, I stayed, drank my wine, smoked my pipe and worked on the trip report writing on scrapes of paper - while he  went back home to get warmer gear.  Within three minutes of his return, the phone rang and they were finished with dinner.

The kids were beaming ( kids :  if ya read this, this is an endearing reference, not meant as anything more than after a certain age everyone is a kid)

Anyway, they  were beaming when we picked them up.  They raved about their meal and i was happy that I had found a simple solution to the Proef dilemma,  it was also good, I am sure for all of us, to have some time apart.

Rode them back
They were finished for the day
we parted and made plans to 
 set them free in Amsterdam tomorrow
(perhaps unexpectedly for them)

Afterall - you really can not form a relationship to the city
Until you do it on your ownn

As they leave he says: "oh by the way, tomorrow we plan to sample some edibles, find some mushrooms or truffles and go to the museums.   Do ya think we can ride our bikes?" incredulous, I answer "depends how you handle the drugs".....

And off they go..

There is a cool breeze
It will be good sleeping weather.


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