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Happy in Wijnand Fockink
Feeling like a lobotomized tarsier during the whole of January 1st I finally started to return to my old self somewhere on January 2nd.  Agnes gave me a call and I met her and Harriet at the hotel that evening for some dinner and some drinks. After sorting out a few phone calls we went over to Lynn and Wendy's hotel to try and convince them to come along. To no avail, the chain of pre-party, party proper, after party and now after-after party broke right here for them. Who could blame them. They had already gone beyond what you can reasonably expect from a person, and even a TB's endurance has it's limits...

We went off to Wijnand Fockink! It's a small distillery right behind Dam square where you'll find the best jenever in Amsterdam.
Chillin' in style
And it has definitely some atmosphere as the place looks pretty much like it used to be when it first opened as a tavern in 1679. Of course I had to explain that the proper way to drink jenever is to first drink the top off the glass (the glass is always more than full, the drink making a sort of dome shape), which here - with it's very low counter - means you have to bend over... always an interesting experience :P

After that we went for some much needed grub at The Tara, it's a good stop: there's always room, always a decent atmosphere, lots of weird nooks and crannies to this place, and to top it off: their burgers are excellent. We picked a spot with some gold sofas and for some reason the "royal style" felt completely appropriate.

We had a near miss with cafe Gollem, great for it's selection of a 100 or so Belgian beers but a bit too crammed for Agnes taste so we continued to Rembrand square.
Cafe Bolle Jan
I thought it could be funny to go to cafe Bolle Jan for some hardcore popular Dutch culture, but to my shock and horror Agnes and Harriet actually LOVED IT. OMFG, that was pretty cool! I thought everybody going bonkers on "Zij was een transexueel" and "Ik heb de heeeele nacht liggen dromen" was brilliant! I think you guys deserve the (yet to be created) Transculture I award!
Downside to this bar: the bouncer can be a bit of a j*rk, especially to people wearing caps as I was.

Continuing our exploration of popular Dutch culture we went to the Cooldown cafe, which has a bit more international poppy music besides Dutch classics and on top of that it has one of the fastest mixing DJ's in town, he can easily crossfade 4 different songs in 1 minute. This  can sometimes feel like you're being thrown from a train onto a speedboat which crashes into a Ferrari while narrowly avoiding a pram.
Cooldown Cafe
.. In a fun way.

For a more exotic experience we head off to Korsakoff, usually good for all sorts of alternatively minded people, punks, goths and so on but this night the bats had stayed in the cave and the music was a bit mellow so we called it a night there and then. 
 
It has always been great when TB's showed me around while I was travelling, so it was great to be able to return the favour and balance my Karma account. And most important of all: to have a cool TB night out with Harriet and Agnes.
Africancrab says:
You do realize that you were the only one with a camera that night at the club? I never took any photos and Agnes is nolonger with me. She is currently in London. Flattering ones you say? OMG you are kideing right? Heheeee!!
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
Africancrab says:
Heheheee, we did hafe fun indeed, I thought it was awesome! But I payed for it the nest day, I could not get Agnes to call you as promised.
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
manuel_s says:
@africancrab: Believe me I posted the most flattering ones :D. You need to send me some of yours btw, there's only you guys on mine!
@: bluemoonadventure: thx! And I can understand it was all a bit too much after 4 days, I'm calling nobody a wuss ;)
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
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Happy in Wijnand Fockink
Happy in Wijnand Fockink
Chillin in style
Chillin' in style
Cafe Bolle Jan
Cafe Bolle Jan
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Happy in Wijnand Fockink
Happy in Wijnand Fockink
Tasting jenever at Wijnand Fockink
Tasting jenever at Wijnand Fockink
Jenever: the juniper-flavored and…
Jenever: "the juniper-flavored an…
Pub grub at The Tara
Pub grub at The Tara
Royalty...
Royalty...
Cafe Bolle Jan
Cafe Bolle Jan
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Cooldown Cafe
Thats what the Cooldown cafe does…
That's what the Cooldown cafe doe…
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