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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 31, 12:36 pm

Day 23

Leaving....

It is the first morning in weeks with a bright sun, clear skies and warm air. I sit on the porch and feel my entire body relax. oh! This is what I have been missing! I forgot how much the warmth makes one relax. Geez, three weeks of this and this trip would have been very different!

But we are leaving.

Did I mention that the only days I did visualize where the travel days? Both were clear sky perfect on each side of the Atlantic..... Just saying : >


We have breakfast on the porch, smoke and tear ourselves away from our home away from home.

At the airport we stand at the check in for 45 minutes! This is not in line, which was a good 30 minutes. it is with the actual attendant! Gawd klm used to be a favorite, but they are starting
to really annoy me!!
This is all about the dog. First they say he is not in the system and not on the plane.
Okay - now when we originally book our tickets we have to wait 48 hours to get final approval from KLM for us to even fly on those specific flights with a dog. So we should be 'in the system'. Geez 3 days earlier, the mate called and confirmed our flight and the dog. Well the dog is not in the system....
Finally that is resolved
The next hurdle
The absolutely by the rules check in lady is gonna drive me crazy-
The rabies shot
Dog naturally is up to date on his shots, but his rabies shot expired in August. So on August first he got his booster rabies shot before we left. Well the Netherlands rule book states that a rabies shot must be received 30 days before entry. We try to tell her that the rule is for puppies and unvaccinated animals, that he had an active vaccine and that it was a booster shot. She would not budge from the rules. She called in all kinds of supervisors everyone standing around us arguing and speaking in Dutch. Really?
So... 45 minutes later
We are allowed to check in.

I need a joint!
Now!!

All that time wasted. Like what were they gonna do? Not allow us to leave?

Anyway we run outside to smoke. I think we each downed about 3 or 4 joints apiece. Go back inside, no time to grab food, wander the airport or for the mate to go to the casino - a quick trip he always enjoys...not this time.

Check in and are seated once again in economy comfort seats. On this plane this has it's own section. There is the first class box, the economy comfort box and then the cattle seats. Honestly, economy comfort are just like the old seats, before they decided no one needed leg room on a plane. Really, have you noticed almost every week there is some act of weird behavior on planes....I believe it is because they are just cramming people in with little comfort or respect.

Ate a space cake from Paradox a couple hours into the flight, did not notice that it did a thing. Drank a bottle of win and fell asleep

We have returned to the busy and loud city of skyscrapers and metal.

Goodbye Amsterdam, my love!
I will visit you in my dreams.

patrick

Postby patrick » Sun Aug 31, 12:48 pm

I enjoyed reading your reports.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Aug 31, 2:33 pm

patrick wrote:I enjoyed reading your reports.


thanx.

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Postby Dogbreath » Thu Sep 04, 1:01 pm

Alas, the annual vacation has come to and end.

As well as the great pleasure reading your trip reports every morning. What a treat...

Thanks WC.... looking forward to next year....

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Postby des » Thu Sep 04, 1:28 pm

I've been away myself for 2 weeks! ... Just enjoyed catching up!

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences!


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Postby chichi123 » Thu Sep 04, 2:12 pm

Trip report Des!

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Thu Sep 04, 2:19 pm

thanks guys!

Yeah Des - we want a report!

Generous J how was your visit to Amsterdam?

Next year? Right at this moment, i am not so certain about that.

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Postby des » Thu Sep 04, 2:30 pm

worldcitizen1723 wrote:thanks guys!

Yeah Des - we want a report!

Generous J how was your visit to Amsterdam?

Next year? Right at this moment, i am not so certain about that.


I don't think too many people would be interested in my exploits around sunny Yorkshire with my 4 grandkids in tow!

I'll write a trip report when I come back from Mokum in October!

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Postby Generous_J » Fri Sep 05, 10:26 pm

worldcitizen1723 wrote:Generous J how was your visit to Amsterdam?


'twas pretty good but a bit of a whirlwind really. Was there for one night only!

Got into town at 4pm, rented a bike at Nes and cycled down to the Van Gogh hostel. Checked in, cleaned up and was out around 6.

Had great plans to get a Rijstafel or go to the Ethiopian but was so hungry at that point I decided to go to Wok 2 Walk. Leidseplein was jammers so I just grabbed a kroket at Febo and made my way up to the one on Warmoesstraat.

Cycled around a bit, bought some Nepalese at Rookies which kicked the shit out of me and then bombed there for a while. Went to Dampkring and got some Tangie which was incredibly tasty. Forgot where my bike was and wandered up and down leidsewarstraat for about an hour to find it. Was so delighted to finally find it I just cycled around for a bit. Went back to the hotel, showered, had tea and went out on the tear.

Went back to Warmoesstraat area. Decided to pop in to the Nes cafe but 'twas gone :(, replaced by some hipster place. Not much else to report... Got drunk in Stones Cafe talking to some chap from Sevilla. Strolled around the RLD for a bit and then popped into that Irish bar, also on Warmoesstraat. What was kinda funny was when they stopped serving there (after 3?) i popped out the front door with my pint to have a smoke and this girl thought I was a bouncer:

Girl: oh! oh! Can I go in.
Me: they stopped serving
Girl: but my friends in there!
Me: oh yeah? What does she look like?
Girl: she's small and has blond hair!
Me: oh yeah, petit and pretty hot?
Girl: yes! yes:
Me: ok, you can go in.

Next morning was Rotterdam for a night to catch up with an Italian pal from Erasmus. Then Brussels next day to meet Belgian Erasmus pal for trip to Ardennes: two days there and then a week in Dusseldorf.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Sep 07, 1:25 am

yeah…that is the joy…just getting on a bike and riding…

loved the bouncer thang - could of charged her an entry fee : >

did the city seem different to you this time around, genJ?

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Postby Generous_J » Sun Sep 07, 2:02 am

I can't say it did but it was a really short stop... Does it seem different for you?

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Sep 07, 2:20 am

Generous_J wrote:I can't say it did but it was a really short stop... Does it seem different for you?


just an overwhelming amount of tourists
more families
less funk, less style, less grit a lesser edge…


…could be me
could of been the rain...

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Postby smokedpeppers » Sun Sep 07, 3:23 am

Generous_J wrote:Forgot where my bike was and wandered up and down leidsewarstraat for about an hour to find it. Was so delighted to finally find it I just cycled around for a bit


lol .

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Postby Dazzler » Sun Sep 07, 10:24 am

worldcitizen1723 wrote:
Generous_J wrote:I can't say it did but it was a really short stop... Does it seem different for you?


just an overwhelming amount of tourists
more families
less funk, less style, less grit a lesser edge…


…could be me
could of been the rain...


I wasn't sure how much it had changed until I saw a video of the place in the early 1990s and remembered buying acid at Vliegenbos campsite in '91. Even in 99 I remember thinking that Amsterdam was where people went to see safe edginess. There's not even that any more

In another 20 years, Amsterdam will be full of middle-aged Chinese, Indian and South American tourists (and of course, the omnipresent starchy tedium of the Scandinavian and German brain-death-cases) on dreary guided tours pointing to where the brothels and coffee shops used to be.

They're welcome to it. Give me dodgy Wallen drug dealers and pissed-up Brits and Irish twats over these gawping, retarded undead cunts any day.

It's time to move on.

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Postby Generous_J » Sun Sep 07, 12:08 pm

worldcitizen1723 wrote:
Generous_J wrote:I can't say it did but it was a really short stop... Does it seem different for you?


just an overwhelming amount of tourists
more families
less funk, less style, less grit a lesser edge…


…could be me
could of been the rain...


Yeah.. I can agree with that. That does seem more true every time I visit.

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 12:58 pm

It has been reduced to middle-aged tourists whose big thrill is sitting on a boat smoking a joint waving at all the other middle-aged tourists in canal tour boats. Or bringing their pets with them and spending their time walking them. Who the fuck brings their dogs to Amsterdam? Or the highlight of their evening is playing pinball machines? Good reports of sad times that confirm what has occurred in this town. The edge of Amsterdam has thoroughly dulled. The last 15 years has been downhill, and now the light is dim. Like going to Goa or Kathmandu, or Marrakech after having been there in their heyday. Like seeing 55 year old women topless at a beach that is now a resort for aged tour groups. Much of Greece is also suffering the same fate. A large island like Crete still retains it's unspoiled character to some extent. The student scene in Amsterdam has been displaced by old tourists looking for the energy that is long gone. Going back 20 times to an empty well cannot quench a thirst. As Dazzler has correctly stated, time to move on to other places in this world.

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Postby Red Pleb » Sun Sep 07, 1:29 pm

I was in Hull , on Friday .

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 1:43 pm

Red Pleb wrote:I was in Hull , on Friday .


How about a trip report? Lol

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Postby des » Sun Sep 07, 1:58 pm

Red Pleb wrote:I was in Hull , on Friday .


Hard shit!

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Postby des » Sun Sep 07, 2:02 pm

Hammer wrote:It has been reduced to middle-aged tourists whose big thrill is sitting on a boat smoking a joint waving at all the other middle-aged tourists in canal tour boats. Or bringing their pets with them and spending their time walking them. Who the fuck brings their dogs to Amsterdam? Or the highlight of their evening is playing pinball machines? Good reports of sad times that confirm what has occurred in this town. The edge of Amsterdam has thoroughly dulled. The last 15 years has been downhill, and now the light is dim. Like going to Goa or Kathmandu, or Marrakech after having been there in their heyday. Like seeing 55 year old women topless at a beach that is now a resort for aged tour groups. Much of Greece is also suffering the same fate. A large island like Crete still retains it's unspoiled character to some extent. The student scene in Amsterdam has been displaced by old tourists looking for the energy that is long gone. Going back 20 times to an empty well cannot quench a thirst. As Dazzler has correctly stated, time to move on to other places in this world.


That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

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Postby Dazzler » Sun Sep 07, 2:17 pm

des wrote:That's harsh! ... I wouldn't like to put my dog in kennels for a month if I could avoid it!

Peace, Des.


I wouldn't do it full stop. On the other hand, it's true that Amsterdam isn't the ideal destination for stoners with dogs.
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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Sep 07, 2:24 pm

Hammer wrote:It has been reduced to middle-aged tourists whose big thrill is sitting on a boat smoking a joint waving at all the other middle-aged tourists in canal tour boats. Or bringing their pets with them and spending their time walking them. Who the fuck brings their dogs to Amsterdam? Or the highlight of their evening is playing pinball machines? Good reports of sad times that confirm what has occurred in this town. The edge of Amsterdam has thoroughly dulled. The last 15 years has been downhill, and now the light is dim. Like going to Goa or Kathmandu, or Marrakech after having been there in their heyday. Like seeing 55 year old women topless at a beach that is now a resort for aged tour groups. Much of Greece is also suffering the same fate. A large island like Crete still retains it's unspoiled character to some extent. The student scene in Amsterdam has been displaced by old tourists looking for the energy that is long gone. Going back 20 times to an empty well cannot quench a thirst. As Dazzler has correctly stated, time to move on to other places in this world.


a bit harsh…but with truth
as for the dog - i will not pay $75.00 a day to worry if someone is paying proper attention to the dog or not. He is a house pet - and if i have taken the responsibility of ownership - i will be responsible.

Pinball and a joint is equivalent to going to a bar and smoking weed - it is a perfect combo in mho.

but the street scene is gone. There is is the empty shell of a creative edge - kind of like NYC. I wish it were not true.

There is nowhere else in the world to go.

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 3:04 pm

I am sorry to be so blunt, but your usually interesting trip reports became dominated by your dogs bleeding penis. I stopped reading them when your interesting Amsterdam experiences degraded to that. I'm not speaking for anyone else, and some people may have been interested in that. I just expected something different. I'm glad he is ok though. My main point was in response to other's comments about what has happened to the city. I am surprised that NYC has lost it's edge. With so much diversity in neighborhoods and residents, I would think that wouldn't happen.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Sep 07, 3:14 pm

Hammer wrote:I am sorry to be so blunt, but your usually interesting trip reports became dominated by your dogs bleeding penis. I stopped reading them when your interesting Amsterdam experiences degraded to that. I'm not speaking for anyone else, and some people may have been interested in that. I just expected something different. I'm glad he is ok though. My main point was in response to other's comments about what has happened to the city. I am surprised that NYC has lost it's edge. With so much diversity in neighborhoods and residents, I would think that wouldn't happen.


NYC? same as amsterdam. clean it up for the tourists. make the priorities of the city being tourist friendly and wanting tourist dollars..clean it up so they will not be afraid or intimidated…. NYC is no longer concerned about providing for the inhabitants - it is about providing for tourists…amsterdam is quickly fallen into the same lock step

as for the trip report - sorry they were not up to your expectation. The FUCKING trip was not up to my expectations either. probably the last one i will write.

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 3:32 pm

As an example, in a month I will be in Crete, and want to go to Matala, a place that in 1975 I lived in a cave when the tiny town had hippies staying in them. Many caves, and good times smoking fresh hash from Lebanon, music, and good vibes between everyone. A small fishing village with about 40 residents. People like Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens stayed in the caves and wrote songs about them. Then Life magazine had an article about Matala and in no time the place was overrun with tourists wanting to see the scene. It was ruined in short order. In 2000 I returned just to see my old cave, and they were fenced off! Couldn't get close. The beach was full of umbrellas and lounges for the middle aged tourists. I was so disappointed. The fence is down and I still wish to go in the caves to reminisce. Why? I know the edge is long gone. There are hotels and restaurants now. I will still rent a motorcycle with the friend I went with all those years ago, as it is a big island(170 miles wide) , and you see much more with them. Put our backpacks on our bikes and hit the road. I love Crete every time I go. Food,mountains, will hike the Samaria gorge, and incredible beaches and residents. Matala will probable be disappointing. Got to try though. The great scene is long gone. Best to create new memories.

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Postby chichi123 » Sun Sep 07, 3:37 pm

I got up every morning jumping to Channels to see how pooch was doing!

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Postby Hammer » Sun Sep 07, 3:38 pm

chichi123 wrote:I got up every morning jumping to Channels to see how pooch was doing!


WC's reports have always been superior. No doubt.

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Postby worldcitizen1723 » Sun Sep 07, 3:45 pm

Hammer wrote:As an example, in a month I will be in Crete, and want to go to Matala, a place that in 1975 I lived in a cave when the tiny town had hippies staying in them. Many caves, and good times smoking fresh hash from Lebanon, music, and good vibes between everyone. A small fishing village with about 40 residents. People like Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens stayed in the caves and wrote songs about them. Then Life magazine had an article about Matala and in no time the place was overrun with tourists wanting to see the scene. It was ruined in short order. In 2000 I returned just to see my old cave, and they were fenced off! Couldn't get close. The beach was full of umbrellas and lounges for the middle aged tourists. I was so disappointed. The fence is down and I still wish to go in the caves to reminisce. Why? I know the edge is long gone. There are hotels and restaurants now. I will still rent a motorcycle with the friend I went with all those years ago, as it is a big island(170 miles wide) , and you see much more with them. Put our backpacks on our bikes and hit the road. I love Crete every time I go. Food,mountains, will hike the Samaria gorge, and incredible beaches and residents. Matala will probable be disappointing. Got to try though. The great scene is long gone. Best to create new memories.


funny you mention Matala. We had met a couple of young Greek girls one evening who kept telling us how wonderful Matala was, and that we should go there, lots of hippies and alternative types….. Their eyes were gleaming when they spoke of the place. Later, Mate and I were confused as we rehashed the encounter…..Wasn't that place hot a long time ago? wasn't that where folks had that cave thing going on?…..it can't still be going on, can it??

Glad to hear you were there in the day… maybe there is a bit of it's essence remaining. give us a report

may you have a better trip than mine.

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worldcitizen1723 wrote:funny you mention Matala. We had met a couple of young Greek girls one evening who kept telling us how wonderful Matala was, and that we should go there, lots of hippies and alternative types….. Their eyes were gleaming when they spoke of the place. Later, Mate and I were confused as we rehashed the encounter…..Wasn't that place hot a long time ago? wasn't that where folks had that cave thing going on?…..it can't still be going on, can it??

Glad to hear you were there in the day… maybe there is a bit of it's essence remaining. give us a report

may you have a better trip than mine.


It's difficult even for native English speakers to tell the difference between hippies and trustafarians. My guess is that this was the root of confusion.

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Dazzler wrote:
worldcitizen1723 wrote:funny you mention Matala. We had met a couple of young Greek girls one evening who kept telling us how wonderful Matala was, and that we should go there, lots of hippies and alternative types….. Their eyes were gleaming when they spoke of the place. Later, Mate and I were confused as we rehashed the encounter…..Wasn't that place hot a long time ago? wasn't that where folks had that cave thing going on?…..it can't still be going on, can it??

Glad to hear you were there in the day… maybe there is a bit of it's essence remaining. give us a report

may you have a better trip than mine.


It's difficult even for native English speakers to tell the difference between hippies and trustafarians. My guess is that this was the root of confusion.


….they would be hard pressed to make that confusion with us--though, one never knows.. or maybe all of these landscapes are just empty shells of a time long gone--and we represent that long gone time...


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