When I first discovered Amsterdam it was very much a novelty, Disneyland for adults. But like Disneyland after 8 or 9 visits its lost a bit of luster for me I regret to say.
+1, Dr. Jim.
For me, there are no more surprises to be found. No kidding, I have been in most of the coffeeshops that are worthy, and I stopped seeing how high I could get two trips ago.
The novelty of being able to go from shop to shop and sample the gear, for first-second-third timers is impossible to describe until one has experienced it. But I have now been 17 times (yep), and frankly I'm a little tired of it.
I ain't braggin', but -
1. I don't need a map, anywhere. Even way out past the usual tourist spots.
2. I give directions routinely.
3. I can get anywhere I want to go without even thinking about it for the most part.
4. I have run out of places to explore.
5. etc etc etc
A big part of it is being in love with the SPIRIT of the place, but folks, I need to branch out. My eyes are turned east. Prague and Krakow will be my next targets. I might even go to Krakow first. Don't really care about the weed scene, I just want to discover the city and what it has to offer.
I'm fine with Czech beer, really :-) If someone offers a puff, I'll take it.
Don't know about Polish beer, but I'll bet I can find something worthy.
Disclaimer: the next section of my dissertation is not a lecture, and is not directed to anyone in particular :-)
If you are merely wandering around a small limited area, seeing how high you can get, you are really missing a lot of what the Dam has to offer. Don't be afraid, get the hell out there and see what's up.
Try this: get some of the finest weed you can find (shouldn't be too hard, it is Amsterdam after all), put on a nice little two toke buzz with your coffee in the morning, and get out one of those guide books and take one of the recommended walks. That's what I have done, time and time again.
IOW, I have lately used the fine weed to enhance a discovery process, rather seeing how high I can get. That's how I roll the last year or so (except when I torched DH with the iceoloator laced Cheese joint outside of 420, sorry dude, but I might let my hair down on April 20th just for old time's sake :-).
But that's just me, YMMV, and I offer this merely as an alternative Amsterdam experience. Hell, when you're done sightseeing, get fucking torched. It's not like ole Lafester hasn't done it plenty of times.
I do understand the 'get as high as you can get' mentality, though. Particularly since I did it so much. My mate and I were sitting at Bushdoctor on Thorbeckplein last year about this time and the budtender said 'hey man, why do you Americans get so fucking high over here?'.
I replied "it's like starving people found a smorgasbord". He said, "well that makes sense now". _________________ It's pronounced "laif", with a looong 'a'.
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