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BrianW
01-05-2011, 06:40 AM
...and windy. But I had a great time walking around! Took the train into town, and back, no problems. Had a slice of apple pie and a coffee in a cafe. No one was smoking anything in there. ;)

I got some pictures, and will try to download them when I get to Bagram. That's gonna be a couple days though. Traveling sucks.

Tylerdurden
01-05-2011, 07:01 AM
Safe journey Brian, Glad it was a good time.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
01-05-2011, 07:10 AM
Good, well done!

Syed
01-05-2011, 07:29 AM
:)

A word of warning

Although the area is generally safe there are some things you should be aware of:

The girls do not like to be photographed, if you take a photograph you risk a confrontation with one of the pimps.
Do not buy drugs on the street, it is dangerous and you probably get fake stuff anyway.
The area is generally safe, but be aware of pick pockets. Don't let your wallet hang out of your jeans and always keep an eye on your belongings when sitting at a cafe terrace. Use your common sense, like you should do in any city.

Link (http://amsterdam.inlovewithit.com/sections/amsterdam-red-light-district.html)

Tylerdurden
01-05-2011, 08:02 AM
:)


Link (http://amsterdam.inlovewithit.com/sections/amsterdam-red-light-district.html)

When I was there I spent some quality time in that neighborhood. I am a sailor dontca know. :)

bamamick
01-05-2011, 08:34 AM
Be safe, Brian.

Mickey Lake

C. Ross
01-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Chilly compared to Alaska, or Bagram? ;)

Well done Brian, travel safe.

StevenBauer
01-05-2011, 12:39 PM
Didja see any iceboating?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx5p-I_E8ts


Steven

Obi Wan Kenobi
01-05-2011, 01:56 PM
Wish I was there, if you are out in A'dam tonight try De Kroon on Rembrant plein.

Good food and drink, not to mention I like the company there.

Charlie

George Jung
01-05-2011, 02:10 PM
Waiting for the photos - this outta be good. Your previous thread on this got me more interested in a trip over there; and input from our travelers and foreign correspondents has, as well.

Thanks.

paladin
01-05-2011, 03:02 PM
I got into Amsterdam after 8 p.m. one night....not a damn place open to get food...finally ordered a delivery pizza and went to bed. Next morning to airport at 9 a.m. and sat there until noon waiting for a plane.

BrianW
01-05-2011, 03:33 PM
Didja see any iceboating?

Most the water was wet, only hard water in some smaller canals.

BrianW
01-05-2011, 03:35 PM
In Dubai now. In the passport control line for nearly an hour

I hate traveling.

seanz
01-05-2011, 03:55 PM
At least it should be warm in Dubai.

Though I bet the window shopping isn't as fun.........

Bob Cleek
01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
I got into Amsterdam after 8 p.m. one night....not a damn place open to get food...finally ordered a delivery pizza and went to bed. Next morning to airport at 9 a.m. and sat there until noon waiting for a plane.

Yep, IIRC, the trams stop running at 9:00 PM and so they pretty much start rolling up the sidewalks around 8:00PM. The tram is about the only way any sane person is going to go into the old town, since parking is virtually nonexistent. It struck me as pretty strange. It ought to be a real PARTY town, but nothin's much happening on the streets at night.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTtzbHG-L_Kr369WxCxMVYM4Bqtq30-tU2Cq5THe2R5mRpB2xGC

http://www.thebulldog.com/coffee-shops.htm

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 05:29 PM
It ought to be a real PARTY town, but nothin's much happening on the streets at night. my experiences have been very different

stevebaby
01-05-2011, 05:35 PM
Summer in Amsterdam is much livelier,and there are much better coffeeshops than the Bulldog,which seems to attract hordes of drunken British football fans.
I've always thought of Amsterdam as the ultimate party town.I plan to spend my 60th birthday there...by which time I will probably have exhausted all my "partying credits" LOL!

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 05:40 PM
I've always thought of Amsterdam as the ultimate party town.Budapest and Prague are worthy rivals for the crown of 'ultimate party town'.

stevebaby
01-05-2011, 05:41 PM
my experiences have been very differentI know exactly what you're saying... :D
My happiest memory of Amsterdam was walking back to the hotel with a very beautiful English girl,at 4.30 a.m. The streets were completely deserted and silent,until someone started playing,quite loudly, a Strauss waltz which echoed down the empty streets.
We waltzed (badly!) along the middle of the street all the way back to the hotel,without a care in the world.
It was sheer magic.

stevebaby
01-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Budapest and Prague are worthy rivals for the crown of 'ultimate party town'.I'll take your expert advice on this matter. :D

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 05:50 PM
I've had really really good times in all three of those cities, but Budapest is just a little more. . . exotic might be a good word, its as beautiful as Prague, and the food and drink is excellent and affordable, and the people just awesome and friendly and attractive.:d

One big plus for Amsterdam as far as an American visiting is that as far as continental Europe goes, I've never been anywhere that the native population was more happy to speak English than in Holland.Y>

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 05:59 PM
Athens, Ohio is the best party town I can remember.Careful, you sound like Ish.:d

Well not really, to do that you'd have to start four to six threads about partying in Athens over the next six months, if you could somehow get a story in there about Greek goat bbq that'd be a plus. . .

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 06:10 PM
you got me there

Dan McCosh
01-05-2011, 06:19 PM
It's served in lots of restaurants in downtown Detroit.

C. Ross
01-05-2011, 09:46 PM
...Budapest is just a little more. . . exotic might be a good word, its as beautiful as Prague, and the food and drink is excellent and affordable, and the people just awesome and friendly and attractive.:d

+1

Did you try the baths, Paul? I didn't. They're on my to-do list if I return...

Paul Pless
01-05-2011, 09:52 PM
Nope I missed the bathes. Budapest is definitely on my list of places to return to.

When I was there, a bunch of Danes were there on R&R from a U.N. peace keeping mission. We would run into them in small groups at all times of the day and night. They were very popular with the Hungarians. And boy they could party too!

paladin
01-05-2011, 09:57 PM
Budapest and Prague are worthy rivals for the crown of 'ultimate party town'.

I ESPECIALLY liked Budapest, but that was before things changed.

BrianW
01-06-2011, 05:44 AM
Okay, got some pics uploaded.

Walking out of Amsterdam Centraal...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/amsterdam-1.jpg

Looking left (forgot to take a picture looking right)...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/amsterdam-2.jpg

There are bikes everywhere! I mean stacks of bikes that look like no one has ridden them in years...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/bikes-1-1.jpg

Walking up the road a bit...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/amsterdam-3.jpg

BrianW
01-06-2011, 05:47 AM
Some canal pics...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/canal-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/canal-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/canal-2.jpg

This appears to be a garbage truck for the canals. The scoop up front is hydraulic and will dump stuff into a hold where the little back hoe arm is located...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/canal-4.jpg

BrianW
01-06-2011, 05:50 AM
Found the "IAMSTERDAM" sign. Looking a bit rough, not like in the magazine...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/iamsterdam-sign.jpg