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Is round two better?




Hello and good day to all!! I only have 107 days left until my second trip and I was wondering if the second( and third and so on) is better than the first. Or can stepping into the unknown, and walking with familiarity even be compared? I am sure every time is a new experience but I am curious if the for-mentioned 'familiarity' is a nice comfort too. Thank you as always for the collective mass of knowledge all posters bring to this site.

Pax

reefertoker
well i've been here for 596 days this time around, and i'm still discovering occasional new delights.

what's changed: i can't smell the netherlands any more, the way i do when i first get off the plane. vlaamse frites aren't quite as delicious as before. and i've kinda gotten used to how not to get hit by a bike. (i hope)

love
s g collins
Hello and good day to all!! I only have 107 days left until my second trip and I was wondering if the second( and third and so on) is better than the first. Or can stepping into the unknown, and walking with familiarity even be compared? I am sure every time is a new experience but I am curious if the for-mentioned 'familiarity' is a nice comfort too. Thank you as always for the collective mass of knowledge all posters bring to this site.

Pax

reefertoker

But I think you will be doing both:the familiarity of a city already visited but with the great unknown potentially around every corner! For me that's one of the reasons I love the place and return year after year:when I can say there is nothing new for me to see in or learn about Mokum ;THAT'S when I shall cease to return year after year! In this super city you CAN walk with familiarity if you've been before but there is ALWAYS something around a corner which you won't have seen,that you won't have been told about or read about.

:-)
Every trip for me is special and i love slowly getting to know my way round i look forward to the day when im greeted by name in my favorite coffee shop some chance lol.There was a gap of about 7 years between my second and third visit and since thenive been twice lol gonna be going at least twice a year from now on girlfriend permitting!
To address your specific question: For me, yes, it was.

I went last Nov & then again this last April for Queen's Day.

The first time I was so overwhelmed by sensory input that I had a tough time finding my way around. Got lost MANY times. Even with a map :D Not that it turned out to be a bad thing. Just more wandering around this beautiful city until I got unlost. Me and the nephew did wandered around for about 1 1/2 hours one night looking for The Noon until we eventually gave up. Turns out it was right up the block and across the canal from the Uptown Hotel where we were staying. When we found it the next day, did we ever feel stupid.

The second time it was much easier to find my way around, not that I'm remotely close to being familiar. So my time was spent more productively.
But then again, I'm 'directionally-challenged' :-D
J.P., how did you like the Uptown?
what's changed: i can't smell the netherlands any more, the way i do when i first get off the plane. vlaamse frites aren't quite as delicious as before. and i've kinda gotten used to how not to get hit by a bike. (i hope)

love
s g collins

Greetings sg.

I thought that I was the only one who delighted in what I call, "The Smell of The Netherlands"(not very creative, I know :D). I noticed it the first time I got off the plane at the airport. It's pervasive and kinda weed-like, but not exactly. It's a comforting smell that I occasionally flashback on at home. Is this what you mean?
We just returned from our 2nd visit to AMS. I would say that both visits were special in their own ways. Nothing is like the first time when you step out of Centraal Station and get your first real glimpse of Amsterdam. The good thing about the second trip (and will be better for the 3rd, 4th, etc) is that we did know our way around a little this time. We had also compiled a list of the things we wanted to do last time and didn't have time for. That gave us a chance to check those things out first. I haven't even been back in the US for a week and I am already thinking about the next trip....it's a never-ending cycle.......you can never visit too many times! Good luck and have fun!
Trip 2-13 or 14 (lost count) have been fun. Certainly more relaxing. Certainly more productive (thanks to the Forum in large part). No panic about what neighborhood my hotel is in. Etc. Etc.

But nothing is like that first time flying in at 8am and seeing the city below you for the first time...seeing all those soccer fields. Walking out of C. Station for the first time. Going into my first Coffeeshop:) even though it was the Bulldog...I have never felt that way since. The total wonder of seeing that city unfold for the first time. There is nothing like it.

The next best thing. Showing a friend, child, spouse, the city for the first time. Seeing the city thru their eyes.


Doc

Doc
.....But nothing is like that first time.....Walking out of C. Station for the first time...... The total wonder of seeing that city unfold for the first time. There is nothing like it.

The next best thing. Showing a friend, child, spouse, the city for the first time. Seeing the city thru their eyes.
Doc Well put Doc. And I was lucky enough to have both my 2nd and 3rd visits showing spouse and then friends around for their first visits.
I thought that the excitement of the first trip couldn't be matched, but to my surprise, it just kept on getting better. I was just as giddy and excited as my first.
Now, that smell of Amsterdam, I can still smell it. It is nostalgic.

S G Collins..... love your site!

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