Do NOT ( I repeat) Do NOT buy hashis on the street!
there are plenty of coffeeshops in town and they sell mostly good quality for a reasonable price!
If you need to change money GO TO A BANK!!
or change at the Grenswisselkantoor.
Be ware of pickpockets in the trams, metro, and trains!
The Amsterdam potable water is safe to drink (you do not need to buy bottled water).
Canal water however is not suited to drink; except for the special bottled CANAL WATER souvenir.
Some souvenir shops are quiet small and narrow and they display a lot of souvenirs esp. breakable ones.So you really have to be careful to avoid paying for nothing.
Most of the public phones need a pre-purchased phone card and wont except coins.
Phone cards are available at post offices and most tobacco shops.
....... isn't a big deal here :(
I saw this discarded rose in the bin at a tram stop at about midnight on Valentine's Day... it just seemed a little sad.
Small dragons, Pieter calls them iguanas, are sometimes underfoot. I expect that when I return they will be full grown. I hope that they will know to not walk in the bike lanes.
Amsterdam is under construction ... literally !! So, do be careful of the traffic on the roads and scaffolding ..etc.
Amsterdam people are known by the rest of the Dutch as extremely frank and also rude. Do not expect them to behave to you any different!
Make sure not to have too many lighters in one luggage or bag, if you are a collector like myself, they can be confiscated as a fire hazard.
If you were a shirt saying Amsterdam on your flight home you will get your bags inspected extra-extra closely for drugs.
Too much time in the hospitality room at the Heineken Brewery after the tour, and its nap time in Vondel Park!
Be on the lookout for iguanas. For some unknown reason, there's a little park dedicated to the iguana. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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