Their is a HUGE Hells Angels contingent in Amsterdam. It appears that they have entwined themselves in operation/frequenting of many bars in Amsterdam, as well as some sex shops.
Make no mistake, they are organized crime organization. Be weary while around them.
If you should go to a brown cafe and get yourself an "appeltaart met slagroom" (appletart with whipped cream), you may find yourself with a new friend - the cat of the brown cafe. Be warned, she seems friendly, but really she just wants your slagroom.
This is not a real warning, I think.. it's more a "Things which can happen" Tip!
It happened to me three times that cashiers gave me a wrong change.. and here comes the convenient part: it was always more than what I should have been returned!
Ok, I'm a honest person so I didn't keep the change.. but I wanted to warn you :)
I 've read a couple of times that almost everything is allowed in Amsterdam.That's ***.
you will get arrested if the cops see you snorring coke ,thoug for a small quantity they send
you away with a fine.
Over the last couple of years the police is far less tollerant than they were before ,so don't listen to fairytales telling you that you can get away with everything ,again that's ***.
Don't be overcoutious when you visit the red light district ,there are some stupid tips on this forum like put your hand your wallet ;that only makes a potential robber think that you've got a bunch of money on you.
Displaying that kind of behavior will get you robbed in any town of the world.
If you behave relaxed ,nothing will happen to you and you will see amsterdam is a safe place.
No go areas don't exist in Amsterdam ,in daytime you can go everywhere without exeptoins.
During nighttime don,t go to the D and E section in the southeast erea (during daytime it's safe)The other parts of Amsterdam are safe during nighttime.
In general i can assure you that Amsterdam is a much saver place than the big city's in the US.
Yes there are pickpockets ,so put your wallet in your frontpocket ,that's all.
If you are approached by a dopedealer ,just say no thanks and you will be fine.
If you do say yes you are stupid ,they sell you ***.
Don,'t flash big amount's of cash to attrack attention ,you shouldn't do that in any town.
Don,t buy your hash or weed in the ''tourist'' coffeeshops (lots of times they sell crap),but ask a local to point you to a shop where they sell you good quality.
Greenhouse is an example of a coffeeshop that sells good quality.
Ask a local to buy it for you ,many coffeeshops carry socalled touristbags with less in it.
A local gets more and can give you a neutral advise what to buy.
to resume ;
Amsterdam is not a dangerous place at all ,just use your head and you will be fine.
You will see some strange things in Amsterdam... and unless have photographic evidence...no one will believe you!
These little bronze iguanas sit in the bit of grass just off the Leidseplein but last time I saw them they had been celebrating!
Beware of Dutchmen laying on the pavement - he might just be drunk - on the other hand it might be VT member Pieter Jan V taking a photo from a *quirky* angle!! :)) Be careful you don't trip over him!
Oude Kerk, and the "picture gallary"
Oude Kerk was host to an exhibition of photographs by World Press Photographers. They were charging admission to see the pictures. I tested my ingenuity by saying I "came to see the 'church' not the pictures, do I still have to pay". The young woman (18-22), retorted, "This is not a church it is a gallary". I had not realized how deep some anticlerical feelings ran until I "pushed my luck (and it would seem hers)" by pointing to the legend on my map (with money in my hand) and said "But right here it says this is a church". Her "reserve" exploded in a torant of curses. as she screamed "%$#(*!^#* THIS IS NOT A (*@!&* CHURCH!!!" She turned absolutly purple in the face, the veins on her forehead and neck stood out pulsing with the rush of blood, as she beat her fists on the counter. She stopped pounding the counter top only long enough to snatch the money from my hand. As she threw the ticket at me, my change hit the floor all in one swipe of her "backhand" in my direction. The guard at the door looked frightened, not of me but for the "lady"(?). She could not compose herself enough to take care of the next couple in line, she just stood there shaking and sobbing. When she did finally turn to the people behind me they looked totally shocked at her outburst and remarked, "No I don't think so", they turned and walked out. The guard shrugged his shoulders, took half my ticket and I "looked for the pictures" so I could shoot around them and see "the church" for what it "had been".
It is true, a church is not a building, so in that sense sadly it is correct, Oude Kerk is not a church, for it has no congregation, yet with the pink windows in the neighborhood it is in, there may well be some folks who could use a bit of "ministering". Still one can not help marveling at what "once had been".
Local attitudes and "customs" may be a bit beyond what you would expect in a country that is usually perceived as very accommodating, accepting and "placid"
When visiting Amsterdam you should always have a look around and beware of this...god! if you aint a friend of THE beast you are adviced to hide away... he will smell your drugs, take'em and bring 'em to his friends -he is a kind'a robin hood, dont mess him! i have warned you!***
During our flight CO70 from Newark to Amsterdam on December 14, 2004 we got lucky a few times....
Here in Amsterdam they found the (fake) explosives that had been on our flight. The security of Newark had find these but lost them also. They looked for hours but couldn't find it. I guess the second check in at the gate in Newark had something to do with that.
They also misplaced one piece of our luggage in Newark together with all the checked luggage of a American couple visiting the Netherlands for 3 weeks..
The knew our luggage went with us from Miami to Newark but then got untraceable.
When asking the baggage resolution about a possible link between the search for the fake bomb and the displacement of our luggage they said not to know about the fake bomb on our flight...
The next day early in the morning luggage was still gone, an hour later i got a call it was found and would be delivered to our home..
Unfortunalty it got damaged, hopefully Continental will pay for the damages.
What is the lucky part ?
The bomb wasn't real and our luggage got back, have you ever seen the list and detail you have to fill out to get paid for lost luggage ???
You need to take a day of to get that one in order.
Oh, aren't those canals quaint? Don't they make the city so very charming! Yes they do! BUT, they also host SWARMS of mosquitos! I stayed at a place right on one of the canals and the first night I barely slept a wink. I went out and got a citronella candle the next day and slept much more peacefully the rest of the time I was there.
Things to Do in Amsterdam When You're (playing) Dead...
1) Show your arse to a boatload of OAP's, thus encouraging a couple of locals to identify you as "f**king English" and start your weekend off with some pride in your heart
2) Liven up your weekend with a few well chosen forfeits (for no apparent reason) - the finest of these being the 'play dead' routine, which if executed efficiently, should produce a reaction from all walks of life, from ugly German tourists to Amsterdam's boys in blue! Special note should be paid to those who 'dance the waltz of the dead' in a Burger King restaurant
3) Try to avoid all Scousers of the female variety. They will undoubtedly change the entire course of your weekend by enticing you down a back alley (which smells of p**s) and forcing you to digest magic mushrooms with a swig of Diet Coke. This is all washed down with a hash-cake, Corona and some Red Bull, just to make sure that your head will be deposited somewhere on Jupiter! Mind you, if you do end up in this state, look out for the midget on the custom-built BMX - he's a winner!
4) Whores are not called whores for no reason. They will rob you blind and toss you out like a dirty cabbage! On the other side of this, they are gorgeous and well worth spending at least half a day ogling at (especially after 10 Corona's and 5 Sambucca's!)
5) Columbian's should be avoided at all costs. They are insane, and will try to explain the facts of life to you whilst simultaneously staring at you as though they were about to gut you like a fish....
One last point - we don't make the rules....we just enforce them
Try to avoid going to the Van Gogh museum and Anne Franks house in the weekends. Then they are almost always overcrowded! However if the weekend is your only chance they are both still worth waiting for.
Another think that you have to consider is that, expecially if you go to the camping: take always your bag and your baggage with you, don't leave anything in your car and don't leave anything outside when you are having the shower. Take a big bag with you with all the things that you need and take this one in the shower with you. Remember that the showers are not free (buy your shower coin before doing the queque :-P
All prices in the Netherlands by law include tax and tips: the price you see is the price you pay. Don't feel obliged to leave a tip: it is not expected. If the bill says 'service not included' they are just trying to rip you off. You don't need to tip in taxis either.
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