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The Smoesie Coffeeshop was open for business when I was in Amsterdam around Cannabis Cup 2003 (late November/early December). http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/43b81/#TL
I looked around and I found a picture of Coffeeshop Smoesie that I took in March of this year. The picture was taken a day after it looked like the coffeeshop was kicked out on the street. Chairs and stools and tables and plants and dishes, silverware, TVs and even a cigarette machine was in front of Smoesies. A truck pulled up and took it all away. The windows got papered and a sign was hung up that maybe one of you could translate. The pictures are the last two on this page http://public.fotki.com/Dutchtravel/live_from_amsterdam/page2.html The password is channels.

It would be nice if somebody there in Amsterdam would walk by and see if it has reopened or is a new coffeeshop or is another business.
I don't speak Dutch, but I'm going to guess the sign says something about closing down for renovations. Anyone who speaks Dutch for real, wanna help out with the translation???
It translates to "Here to Renovate - quality construction? - the company name doing the renovations, etc...
I guess that the jokes on me then. Although I was insistent that I had seen it closed, all these nay-sayers were making me hope that it had reopened. Alas, it seems that it will never happen... I still haven't had weed in Amsterdam nicer than their Afghan/White Widow cross which I got in July 2002, and I've been back 4 times since then.
Trikes, I sent your picture link after you posted it to ACD Coffeeshop Guide, THC Coffeeshop Index, Amsterdamaged Coffeeshop Directory, Yahooka, Amsterdams's Marijuana Coffeeshop Listings, Hemperium List to show that Smoesie was closed. Lemming wrote back and now ACD has Smoesie as officially being closed. I hope the others follow quickly and nobody has to speak of Smoesies ever again.
If you've not a heavy smoker, or maybe even if you are, it's best to start off, like Boner said with the lighter stuff like Orange Bud. Generally the more expensive the draw, the stronger it is. The first joint is always the killer one, i find it's good to go for a walk in the fresh air on a peaceful canal after the first joint, it makes you feel better. I've lost count of the times i've seen light or non-smokers go into a coffeeshop and buy a pre-rolled then to chuck a whitey 'cos the joint was way too strong for them so i'd be careful if choose to buy any.
Have a good time and be careful, it won't be long before you're hooked on Amsterdam like everyone else here is.
Myself and four of my friends (we'll all be 18) are going to Amsterdam in July. I smoke a bit at home (in the UK), I know I should start off on the less strong stuff and be responisble etc. A few questions - 1) what ID is accepted? We have UK Driving Licences, will that be ok and are other forms of ID accepted? We don't want to carry passports around all day, we'd rather keep them in a safe! 2) What weed/hash should we start off on? I can roll, but is it worth buying pre-rolled joints or are they a rip off? Any help/tips appreciated!
Oh god, not this again!

I would imagine Driver licenses are fine - mine has the euro emblem on it, so it should be an acceptable all over the continent.

If you're not used to the smoke, ask the dealer for a mellow smoke and only use a little at first. A sativa is probably the way to go as it gives you a head high rather than a totally bollocksed feel. The pre-rolled ones can be very strong depending on where/how much. I find the pure pre-rolled in De Kuil are just about right, but only have a few puffs and see how you go. Pre-rolled with tobacco will obviously be less strong.
Myself and four of my friends (we'll all be 18) are going to Amsterdam in July. I smoke a bit at home (in the UK), I know I should start off on the less strong stuff and be responisble etc. A few questions - 1) what ID is accepted? We have UK Driving Licences, will that be ok and are other forms of ID accepted? We don't want to carry passports around all day, we'd rather keep them in a safe! 2) What weed/hash should we start off on? I can roll, but is it worth buying pre-rolled joints or are they a rip off? Any help/tips appreciated!


Your driving licence will be fine another option is to take a photo-copy of your passport as this is fine as well, if you can roll your own then in my opinion its best you do that, at least that way you know whats going in your J, a good start off weed is Orange Bud sweet but not to strong (I bet it doesn't take long before you try the stronger stuff though!!) as far as anything else is concerned just do a bit of backtracking I expect you'll find everthing you need to know right here, and last but not least - Have fun...

...Boner...
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Not all at one sitting, mind you, but let's see...1/2g per vapo bag, 55 bags, 27.5g. Let's use something decent...how about some Poison, scarecrow? ?10 for 1.3g is 21-1.3g bags...?210 please. LOL!

Out of the goodness of my heart I'll settle for sharing a bag with you next April. ;)


?210 S**T thats all my Ganja budget gone all in one sitting - If I'm there next april I would be honoured to share a bag with you!!!

(5g's of Poison costs ?34 - just don't call me cheap!)

...Boner...
Not all at one sitting, mind you, but let's see...1/2g per vapo bag, 55 bags, 27.5g. Let's use something decent...how about some Poison, scarecrow? ?10 for 1.3g is 21-1.3g bags...?210 please. LOL!

Out of the goodness of my heart I'll settle for sharing a bag with you next April. ;)
Nothing better than being stoned to the bone,

HEY copyright going on here (LOL)

...Boner...
Oh...so sorry, how about "Nothing better than being stoned to the bone®©*,"

*The word "bone" its derivatives, and all references to any sort of bone (naughty references included) are the right and sole property of Boner, UK. Any use, public or private, without express written consent of BonerCo and its affiliates will result in the immediate unleashing of the hounds, and a forced vapo bag of Amsterdam's finest.


BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE

There. Now you owe me 55 vapo bags. :)


Ok Ok you got me there - Shit does anybody know what 55 vapo bags will do to someone? and how much ?'s is that going to cost me?

...Boner...
Nothing better than being stoned to the bone,

HEY copyright going on here (LOL)

...Boner...
Oh...so sorry, how about "Nothing better than being stoned to the bone®©*,"

*The word "bone" its derivatives, and all references to any sort of bone (naughty references included) are the right and sole property of Boner, UK. Any use, public or private, without express written consent of BonerCo and its affiliates will result in the immediate unleashing of the hounds, and a forced vapo bag of Amsterdam's finest.


BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE

There. Now you owe me 55 vapo bags. :)
Nothing better than being stoned to the bone,

HEY copyright going on here (LOL)

...Boner...
BO and DJscrewhead - The Luxer doesn't have a safe at the desk, only in-room safes.
Cell phones-if you MUST use a cell phone while you're there, go and get a "disposable" one at one of the bajillion cell phone stores in town. IIRC, there's one right at the top of Damrak near Centraal. I bought a brand new Motorola V400 before my trip, the "world phone"...didn't work on Amsterdam's network, even though I was told it would. One of my 30 minute phone calls from the room was to Cingular customer service...

All electricity is 220volt, so if your electrical equipment doesn't have a built in converter, you'll need one. The plug is a two-prong round plug. Some have said to just wait till you're there to get a converter, but I'm too anal for that - ...must...have...ducks...in...row...

FEBO-Believe me, once you've satisfied your munchies there, you'll dream about it all the time! Nothing better than being stoned to the bone, munching a FEBO burger right next to two police officers at 1am. Surreal.

The Luxer is an EASY walk from Centraal with rolling luggage, 3 minutes is moving pretty fast, more like 5. I had one large upright roller and one smaller "carry on" strapped to the top and made it with only one near-encounter with a bus. Do yourself a favor and watch out for the buses and trams. Remember: bikes-cars-trams-cars-bikes. :) It's #11 (or#10) Warmoestraat, so it's very close to the end of the street nearest Centraal. In fact, I walked right past the door the first time. Take your luggage straight to the hotel, don't waste euros on a locker, just make sure you lock your bags before you leave the lobby. It's not really a secure room, just kinda a pile of luggage near the cigarette machine in the lobby. The lobby is always staffed, but nobody can be aware of everything, you know. Better safe than sorry.

I went to check in early, but my room wasn't ready. Who knows, you may get lucky though. As far as security, the front door to the hotel is always locked, they'll buzz you in at all hours of the day or night, so no worries about "unauthorized" people roaming the hotel. And cameras in the hallways that are monitored (to some degree or another) from the front desk. That being said, spend the extra euros and rent the in-room safe. I think it's like ?10 per day or ?30 for anything over three days. Not huge, probably about 12"x6"x8" (guessing) but enough to put your passport, money and misc junk. Just use your head, don't leave anything laying around that you don't want to walk off and you'll be fine. Cleaning staff seemed polite and helpful but...well...you never can tell. ;) I didn't have any security problems, if that means anything.
OK here ya go:
1) All hotels will hold your luggage for you until your room is ready.
2) Re: the converter. It depends on what you are using. For a hair dryer etc. you will need one (about $25). Most laptops, camera battery chargers etc accept 110v-240v. Read the fine print. You will need a plug converter as the two round prongs are used in the netherlands. They are about a buck apeice at Radioshack.
3) Sorry I don't know the location but I would suggest getting a "Streetwise" map of Amsterdam. It is very useful and durable and you will need it.
4) The hotel will have a safe. Some charge you for storing stuff, some don't. I suggest keeping your passport in the safe and carry a photocopy.

One final bit re the electrical converter. Do everything you can to avoid carrying extra crap. If it is only for a hair dryer, convince your lady that you can spend "quality time" togthter while her hair drys, lol.
Pax and have fun!
Do cell phones work there?Or is another phone system?And I need to get a converter for the electricity about how much do they run?I've already had 3 dreams about FEBO...of all things to dream about huh??It seems like the hotel is on the outside edge of the RLD?But what is the exact location...I think it said something like 3 minutes from CS..
So I should just take my luggage straight to the telly?I think it said it was a later check in like 12 or 1 maybe...Is there any way I could get settled into my room before then?I don't really want to have to worry bout anything once I get there and settled...Is security a problem?I read that some hotels have lockboxes and it says to use them..
On further reflection, the phone in the hotel may have cost closer to ?15, but still waaay cheaper than most of the other hotels I've heard about.

Another thing about phone calls, if need be, the green public payphones you see around town take credit cards as well as the green phone cards. Most on this board are more in favor of the phone cards that you can purchase in shops, but if you don't want to have extra money left on a card, Visa is the way to go. That way you only get charged for the time you actually use, great if you only plan on a couple of calls. Those green phones were also on a par with the hotel rate...around ?15 for about 30 minutes international.

I hear ya on the research thing. Once I locked in a hotel and a flight EVERY spare moment on the computer was spent soaking up all the info I could find. I have to say that all that research really paid off, especially in being able to hit the ground running and not fall into some of the "traps" typical in Amsterdam. Plus as a bonus I had all sorts of great dreams about my upcoming trip, most centered around ordering weed. LOL :)
Wow...you've got the Amsterdam jones BAD! ;) (as do we all...)

Smoking is no problem at all, assuming you open the window and don't set off the fire alarm. I was fairly cautious, sitting on the ledge by the window so as not to fill the room with spliffy smoke. One great thing is that the windows open up ALL THE WAY which is apparently somewhat of a rarity in Amsterdam. I smelled smoke in the hallway on the way to my room several times, so I know others were indulging as well.

And you'll probably be thanking the elevator gods by the end of your trip...theirs is a small one, but does the trick after a long day of smoking! Try for something higher up in the hotel and near either the front or back of the hotel if you're interested in any kind of view (possibly the only thing I would've changed if I'd known). Probably more street noise than my room overlooking the alley, but at least you'll have something to look at besides a brick wall...

One other thing, when I stayed there in Feb, the long distance rates were GREAT! I think it cost about ?11 for a 30 minute call to the states.
Bad is'nt the word for it...since the hotel has been booked all the time I spend on the net is invested in Dam Time..that's why my girl says I spend all my "Dam Time" on the computer ;) Maybe it's just due to the fact that in my area I can't really get good bud and NO hash..(which i'm sure is alot of places)...So just thinking of the trip makes my mouth water...
Thank you for the hotel tips I'll have to e-mail them and ask them for a room with a view...And that is an excellent rate on the phone call...My girl just got back from a cruise the phone bill came back...a 7 minute call cost $41.00!!!
Thanks for the replies..excellent help, is it going to be a problem smoking in the hotel..I asked for a smoking room so I was wondering if it's cool to chief??i have bought 4 books already, get lost was pretty helpful and i found some walking tours in the others I have, just not exactly what I was looking for..I've been planning this trip for over 2 years...but just recently started really pushing the issue...I'm so excited this is all I talk about everyday at work,at home, in my sleep..:)
I stayed there one night only, this past March. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. There was a nice rooftop skylight that you could play with as the ceiling was low so one had plenty of ventilation. The thing that amazed me was how quiet it was for being only a 5 minute walk from CS. I payed 80 euro cash for a single and I would stay there again. Have a great trip

CI
Yeah, sorry...the DK "Eyewitness Guide" for Amsterdam has several walking tours mapped out. I assumed you were looking for some sort of guided walking tour. I hear a canal boat tour can be informative and give you a good idea of how the city is laid out.
I'm staying at the Hotel Luxer, I've read the hotel's reviews but wondering what any of you guys thought?I still have time to change hotel's, this one is costing $630.00 a week. I believe barney's will be my 1st smoke but what time does the grey area open?I've heard of hofjes I believe they are called and alms houses?What are these exactly and where can I find them?Where can I find some walking tours and preplanned excursions to follow?How often do you speand in coffeeshops when you go into them and is the smoke real thick or do they have some sort of fans?
I've actually stayed at the Luxer and am one of the reviewers as well. The Luxer was great. The room I was in could have used a coat of paint, but spotless otherwise, especially the bathroom. $630 a week sounds like a great deal. Unfortunately I don't have any other Amsterdam hotel experience to compare to. If you're getting in early, don't make the mistake of putting your luggage in a locker, take it straight to the hotel. They'll hold it in the lobby for you until your room is ready, there's always someone at the front desk to buzz people in so it's pretty secure. Just put some locks on it after you get there for peace of mind.

First smoke at Barney's is cool, exactly what I did. Liked the food too. Grey Area's opening time is variable, and generally after 10 am at the earliest. Another early opener with great smoke it Pablow Picasso's. Same general neighborhood as Barney's, but closer to Centraal, and their dynamite smoke is "Poison". You won't be disappointed, it's the most crystally stuff I had all week.

Don't know about the walking tours, sorry.

You stay in a coffeeshop as long or as little as you'd like. I was by myself, and wasn't super chatty, count on enough time to check the menu, roll a spliff, smoke, drink, chill...say an hour maybe. I went in the wintertime, so the places were all closed up, but I only really got bothered by the smoke in Dolphins basement. Most other places were pretty well ventilated. Amnesia comes to mind as being very clear, DeKuil too depending on how many people are there.
To be totally prepared for your first trip to Amsterdam (or anywhere) I suggest you purchase a guide from either Lonely Planet, Frommers, or Let's Go. These will cover many of your questions in detail and also provide you with several options of walking tours, restaurants, and hotels.
I have a kit like this - the hash they make is fantastic.
I think you'll like this one:

http://www.ganjaland.com/snowy.htm

They even have a "Top loading washing machine model for doing kilos..

Enjoy
FlyByNite
Or course, first you must have the leaves :-0

In another time and another place, I could have used this method. Come on America, decriminalize NOW.
I Love it thanks so much. I have been a true ice hash fan from the first toke. But this snow method sounds great. Did you see anything about % of yeild to materials used. I know you can use shake or moldy buds, but if your not a grower these are not so available (but I get lot's of snow). During my experience of making using the ice method (and the greatest teachers) we were getting what I could figure about 1 gram to 10 of materials (just my guess). In the States or anywhere large amounts are not so easily available I found it now to be worth making here. Yeah for waking up the goverment in the states. Legalize now it's already to late!
Peace
There are a lot of homeless shelters and things like that.
And if you're American, I believe the Ambassy is obliged to help you out.
At least it works that way if you're Dutch and end up in something like this in another country.
Crash at my hotel? email me at destiny2003uk@hotmail.com
I recieved a post on another forum about a lady with some difficulty. Apparently she is recently arrived in Holland, short of cash and having serious difficulty with her living situation.

Does anyone know of anyplace this lady can go in Amsterdam? Squats, campgrounds, domestic abuse shelters? I imagine in a civilized place like Amsterdam there should be many options for her.
I recieved a post on another forum about a lady with some difficulty. Apparently she is recently arrived in Holland, short of cash and having serious difficulty with her living situation.

Does anyone know of anyplace this lady can go in Amsterdam? Squats, campgrounds, domestic abuse shelters? I imagine in a civilized place like Amsterdam there should be many options for her.darsunt, apologies if i misunderstand the situation, but i really hope you are not suggesting using domestic abuse shelters for anything other than what they're intended for.
The lady stated that she was in a very scary live in situation with a guy. I was just fishing around for any place she could go. Of course I don't know this girl but I assumed it possible her plight was real. Kind of silly to post your emergency on message boards though when response tends to be pretty slow.

However she is still posting on a lighter tone, so it seems the emergency is over.
Glad to hear it, darsunt. Kind of you to take a true interest in her well-being. You're right about the message board thing as well, tho.

Cheers,
Michelle
I'm looking for a apartment for 3. I checked Citymundo but nothing we really want for the price. Anybody got the info on Center Apartments or Residence Le Coin? I can get a week worth at the Center and the Le Coin for about 35 Euro a person. HOw are these places? Nice? Pretty pitted out? Smoking allowed?
The Centre Apartments are in the RLD and about a 5minute walk from Centraal Station. It was utilitarian and not particularly clean but had a working little refrigerator and and two burner stove. It had toaster and coffeemaker and plates, cutlery and other kitchen incidentals. Good location if you don't mind some drunks yelling at night from the street. Smoking was not encouraged.
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