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Amsterdam City Center Private Historical Walking Tour
"Once you meet your private guide at a designated meeting point you will head off to explore some of the little-known secrets of this city: the quaint quiet corners; tranquil tree-lined plazas and private courtyards. Your guide will also share priceless tips helpful advice and cultural insights bringing an insider´s expertise to your visit to Amsterdam.On the tour you will see: the Dam Square Wester & Old Church & Hidden Churches
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
"Meet your private guide near Amsterdam Centraal Station at a time convenient to you. Then hop onto your bike and head into the city to begin your cycling tour. Widely considered among Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities Amsterdam is a wonderful place to explore by bike!Pedal along seemingly endless cycle lanes through diverse districts such as Chinatown the Jewish District Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt and admire the striking architecture for which the city is famous.During your tour take in popular landmarks including the Houten Huys — the oldest house in Amsterdam — the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis
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Private Amsterdam Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour with a Local
"Enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest during your private highlights tour with a twist. Your local guide will amaze you with all the hidden gems of this city; they’re just around the corner of all the must-visits. But they are kept away from the touristy crowds with a reason.  Wander past all famous monuments while you get to know all historical facts and unique local insights about them. And of course we’ve also taken care of your appetite by including a Dam Square and the previously mentioned famous Flowermarket. But what’s best about this tour is those unique places they take you to. A beautiful hidden chapel  one of the best sandwich you’ll ever have and an gigantic statue near Rembrandts house that most people don’t know of. This is the plan:Meeting Point: BeurspleinStop 1:Walk around the famous Dam SquareStop 2:Visit a bea""Visit Amsterdam’s beautiful highlights during your private tour of the city while discovering hidden local spots along the way with your local guide! Get to know the history and stories of the city like a local.   title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+3-hour+walking+tour+of+Amsterdam&2=Learn+the+fascinating+history+behind+the+city%27s+famous+landmarks&3=Stroll+through+the+beautiful+Flower+Market&4=Visit+a+hidden+medieval+chapel+in+the+Begijnhof&5=Savor+a+favorite+local+sna
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Mushrooms Tips (5)

Mushrooms

Use common sense if you decide to try mushrooms while you're here! Just because they're openly sold,( through the so-called "smart shops"), don't assume that they must be perfectly safe at all times. You DON'T want to come outta your adventure to find: 1) you're in another country, 2), dressed only in a monks robe, 3) with maxed-out credit cards, & 4), wanted by INTERPOL. . Getting wacked in ANY strange city isn't always a great idea. Just because the mushrooms are telling you that all TRAMS will all turn into liquid mercury before you & melt into the cobblestones, doesn't mean they will ! REMEMBER: It's been said (so I've heard...) that this stuff is like going on an intense elevator ride. The trick is getting off on the same floor as you started.

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PeteP51D
Jan 08, 2004

Make sure you can deal with them.

Magic Mushrooms are considered a "soft" drug by the Dutch authorities and are available throughout the city in Mushroom Galleries or "Smart Shops". Ten to fifteen Euro will buy around twenty to thirty grams of fresh (not dried) mushrooms, more than enough for one person to enjoy or split with a friend. If you?re new to mushrooms or unsure about heir potency, eat half, make sure you can deal with them, than eat the rest an hour or two later. Do not eat them on a completely empty stomach. Have something to eat an hour or so before you begin. They are by the way not that tasty...

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phi78
Jul 09, 2004

Smart Shops

Also legal are smart shops, which peddle a variety of "herbal enhancers" (like ephedra) and hallucinogens (like salvia) that walk the line between soft and hard drugs. Some shops are alcohol-free and all have a strict no-hard-drugs policy. All hard drugs like heroin, ecstasy, or cocaine are illegal and possession is treated as a serious crime. Always remember that all experimentation with drugs is dangerous, and can cause either short or long-term damage.
Magic Mushrooms start to work after 30-60 minutes and you'll feel their affect for four to six hours. As with pot and hash, never look for mushrooms outside of a smart shop and never buy from a street dealer; it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between poisonous mushrooms and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The effect mushrooms, also called 'shrooms, have on you will depend on your mood and the environment in which you take it. Overall, the effect is that you will see reality differently. Colors, forms, shapes, time, and experience seem longer or shorter. Blips will appear on your screen, and you won't be able to see other things. A bad trip will most likely come about if you mix hallucinogens, such as 'shrooms, with alcohol. If you have been drinking before taking shrooms, drink a Coke to get some sugar in your system. Try to avoid eating before taking shrooms, as doing so will likely dull your high or could intensify nausea; save the food for until after your trip is over. Often people become panicky and have a faster heartbeat with 'shrooms. It should take up to eight hours for the effects to go away. Additionally, people often take too many 'shrooms because they don't realize that it takes half an hour for them to kick in. If you are having a bad trip, don't be ashamed to tell someone, because you won't be arrested in Amsterdam for using. It is not a crime here, and they've seen it all before.

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isolina_it
Apr 04, 2003

Don't over do it...

Beware of the Mushrooms in Amsterdam! Well, don't beware, but be aware. I made the mistake of eating some tasty mushrooms after I had been flying all night, and not sleeping, and then drinking a couple of beers, and then eating some mushroooms. At the time, this seemed like a great idea, but then I started tripping all by myself in a strange city with so many canals that everything begins to look the same. I ended up sitting in my hotel room for a couple of hours smoking cigarettes and watching Dutch TV(which began to make sense...) finally, I decided that I should find myself a coffeeshop, smoke a joint, and mellow out. So I find a place(I have no idea where...) and I order up a prerolled mixed joint(where they take all the shake from the different strains and make one delicious cornucopia of a joint. So I'm sitting in the coffeeshop, smoking, and starting to feel good. Then I realize that I'm getting TOO high and I feel like passing out. I order a couple of Coke's to cool my body down, and I make my way out of there, having no idea what is going on. After 2 hours of oblivious meandering and persistent swearing, I finally found my hotel. All I'm saying is: you don't have to beware, just be aware. While the temptation may be to injest as much as possible as quickly as possible, it can have adverse results. Case in point.

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Fire4Andy
Feb 11, 2005
 
 
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Smart Shops

If you are going to buy mushrooms make sure you dont get really expensive/good ones if you dont eat shrooms regularly... a friend i met traveling who said he had done them before ate about half a package and they were cheap ones, he said he was so glad he didnt eat a big pack or expensive ones. He said he woudlnt be able to function if he did.

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Allard Pierson Museum

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Bijbels Museum

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