Bon Voyage to Amsterdam
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 3 of 10 › view all entries
Now we've established our permanent tour group... everything is underway. We left on a bus heading for the port near Dover to take us across to Holland. The excursion was neat, despite the bumps and the crowds. The bus boarded a huge ferry that took us across the English channel and straight to the Netherlands. While all of this was going on, I was incredibly fatigued from the bus ride and the bumpy boat ride... so I didn't really catch much. Something that I've noticed about land tours is that it takes more out of you than cruises. Considering there were pit stops every 2 hours and the traffic was fair, it took us roughly seven to eight hours to actually hit the city of Amsterdam.
We landed in Calais and drove along the coast to the Netherlands. Once we hit Amsterdam, me and Ryan knew what we were in for. The infamous Red Light District and the legal marijuana was definitely an eye opener. For one, there were sex shops and weed places EVERYWHERE! They were right... this was definitely the weed capital of the world. From what I've been able to gather, weed is not hard to find at all. You can ask anybody on the streets, but of course if you do that, the locals would know right away you were tourists.
I introduced my brother to "Space Brownies," the brownies with enough weed to send your mind floating above the stratosphere. You know.
The waitress came by and asked us how much we ate. Between the two of us, I told her that my brother and I ate one each. She smiled and walked away.
It wasn't until an hour later that we started feeling it. The first place it hit me was my hands. Everything I touched was emitting soundwaves. Then I could hear it in my voice. Everything was a slow echo coming in and going out. I wish I could describe it to you like I did to my brother, but I was high as a kite. My sister got a kick out of it, because from the outside looking in, everything was funny to us.
We took a cruise on a small ferry to see the sites of Amsterdam, but like I said in the previous paragraph... blur. I managed to get some pictures though while we were passing by, so just in case I forgot about the entire cruise, I would at least have a mental image of where I was.
I wish I could tell you what happened, but after dinner, everything was a complete blur. I actually don't even remember eating dinner at all. I woke up on the hotel toilet in the middle of the night. What I can tell you is that we stayed at the Moevenpick Amsterdam City Centre hotel, and it was amazing. Lesson for the wise, don't do weed. I see what all you potheads see now, and I can't imagine being that way when I'm functioning. Just another lesson learned.