The Dutch are well known for their tolerance and everybody knows that you can buy wacky tabacky in the coffeeshops. Marijuana is not officially legal, but you are able to buy grass, hash, loose joints, and smoking paraphernalia. Magic mushrooms are also available. It's not cool to light up on the street or a non-smoking establishment.
Even though I don't recommend them, there's no shortage of hard drugs around. In fact, there are what I call the walking menus near the red light district but the penalties are as severe as in other European countries as you can become a danger to yourself and others.
I really love the cafe...
I really love the cafe culture in Amsterdam, I like the choice, the atmosphere and although I am useless at remembering names and places, I had a 'wicked' time...We went to a cafe bar ish type place that had a funky band playing, the floor was sticky, the air was thick with smoke, it was noisy, there was alcohol and people...as you can see it was great, but some things can be too great....and you can over indulge....and you can do things to excess that you dont normally do, and some things are stronger than you are used to...and its easy to get pulled along with the flow of things when you are 18 and into experimenting...... anyway, take it easy I ended up having a serious panic attack, thought the wolves were coming to get me and I ended up in hospital...........ahh the joys of learning from experience ;-))
Take a Taxi
Once leaving the Centraal Station the guide books say go to the right for a taxi. We walked out to Prins Hendrikkade, the main drag in front of Centraal Station, and looked to the right for a taxi. Of course it was Saturday Feb. 15, the day of the International Protest against the war in Iraq at Dam Square, and lots of black-clad crusties were mingling with the usual Saturday crowd, making it hard to get our bearings. We finally realized that you must make an immediate right after exiting Centraal Station, not go out to the Prins Hendrikkade. Having found the cab stand we got in the first cab, and headed toward our hotel. Our cabbie, who explained that he was from Morocco, had not heard of our little hotel, the Uptown Hotel, but he did know where Korte Leidsedwarstraat was, (which means short cross street off Leidsestraat), and our hotel was next door to Rookies Coffeeshop, which was easy to find.
It is extremely popular to eat pommes-french fries with mayonaise. My mom asked this man if it was good and his wife gave us the evil eye. Never tried it, but got out of there- seemed too gluttonous.
Mr. Pieter van...
Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven
Pieter van Vollenhoven was born in Schiedam on 30 April 1939, the second son of Pieter van Vollenhoven senior and Jacoba Gijsbertha Stuyling de Lange. He attended primary school in Rotterdam and went on to the Montessori Lyceum, where he obtained his secondary leaving certificate in science subjects and classics in 1959. Mr Van Vollenhoven then enrolled at Leiden University, where he studied Dutch law. His special subjects included the statutory organisation of industry and the organisation of the Dutch police.
At university, Mr Van Vollenhoven took a very active part in student life and held the position of assessor secundus on the committee of the Leiden Students' Association in 1963 and 1964. He was also president of the Netherlands Students' Sports Trust in 1964. In 1965, Mr van Vollenhoven was awarded a degree in Dutch law.
On graduating, he worked for a short time as a legal officer with the Council of State. He was called up for National Service in the spring of 1966 and served in the legal department of the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. In the same year, he conducted an investigation of aircraft accidents for the Air Defence Command at Zeist.
In 1967, Mr Van Vollenhoven received Air Force Pilot training at Gilze-Rijen and obtained his Military Pilot's Licence. In 1968, he was appointed as reserve officer (pilot) in 300 Squadron at Deelen airbase.
Marriage and family
Pieter van Vollenhoven met Princess Margriet of the Netherlands at Leiden University. Their engagement was announced on 10 March 1965 and on 10 January 1967 they were married in The Hague. By Royal Decree, Mr Van Vollenhoven became a member of the royal house.
Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven have four sons: Prince Maurits, born in 1968, Prince Bernhard, born in 1969, Prince Pieter-Christiaan, born in 1972 and Prince Floris, born in 1975.
After completing his National Service, Mr Van Vollenhoven occupied several different positions. He worked for enterprises such as the Nederlandse Heidemaatschappij, Akzo and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, as well as for the organisation responsible for introducing compulsory annual technical inspections for motor vehicles. In 1975, the Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management invited Mr Van Vollenhoven to act as advisor to the Minister on road safety and in 1977 he was appointed Chair of the Road Safety Council, a position he occupied until the Council was disbanded on 1 January 1997. On 1 January 1999, Mr Van Vollenhoven became Chair of the Dutch Transport Safety Board, an independent body responsible for investigating the causes of accidents and incidents in the aviation, shipping, rail and road sectors, as well as in transport by pipeline and underground.
Mr Van Vollenhoven also occupies a number of international posts in the field of transport safety. He is Chair of the International Transportation Safety Association and a member of the Board of the European Transport Safety Council.
As a member of the royal house, Pieter van Vollenhoven has many official duties. With Princess Margriet he nearly always takes part in the reception of foreign heads of state on official visits to the Netherlands. He is also active in many other fields. In addition to road safety, he is involved in the funding of nature conservation and the preservation of historic buildings, police organisation and victim support.
Funding of nature conservation and the preservation of historic buildings
Mr Van Vollenhoven chairs the National Restoration Fund, from which grants are allocated for restoration projects. In this capacity, he devotes considerable attention to the restoration of historic buildings during his many working visits. He is also interested in other, less tangible aspects of the cultural heritage, such as folklore. He performed the opening ceremony of the 1996 World Folkloriada in Brunssum. He is also chair of the Green Fund.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is very interested in the work of the police. He is Chair of the Community, Safety and Police Association and honorary chair of the National Organisation of Police Volunteers. He also chairs the Victim Support Fund.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is a keen music lover. For many years he formed a trio - De Gevleugelde Vrienden - with two of the country's leading pianists and gave concerts both at home and abroad in aid of the Victim Support Fund. Despite the premature death of one member of the trio, the concerts have continued. De Gevleugelde Vrienden have released many recordings, and have been awarded three gold discs.
Mr Van Vollenhoven is interested in the culture, flora and fauna of the Arctic, in particular the national parks, the traditional life of the eskimos and dogsled racing.
His favourite sports are golf, diving and flying.