Vacation photos from The Netherlands
Posted 19 June 2009 - 06:41 AM
A safe place where walk-in customers can purchase high-grade marijuana, hashish, and other cannabis products - as well as a safe place to consume those products and enjoy them in the company of others in a relaxed bar-type atmosphere.
I highly recommend a trip to this country. The United States could learn a lot from the model presented by our neighbors over-seas. We are our country's future leaders. The laws will change - it's up to us to start pushing.
Hope you enjoy the photos. I have more if anyone is interested.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 06:54 AM
Do most people there speak english there?
Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:39 AM
I had a lot of "firsts" on this trip. Ferry rides, use of train system, otherwise, the entire country is accessible by bicycle. I repeat, the bicycle is KING over there.
At the central train station in Amsterdam there is a multi-storey parking garage for bicylcles only. Commuters use their bikes to get to and from the train station - then the train for their commute.
A quick estimation (and very conservative) placed the number of bicycles at near 16,000.
This figure represents 50% of the total parking area available -
So the total, conservatively estimated, number of bikes parked in this facility exceeded 32,000 bicycles.
Just for laughs......
Look closely at the name of the ferry taking passengers from the island of Texel. Don't tell me Europeans don't have a sense of humor. :D
Posted 19 June 2009 - 08:37 AM
post some more of those pics man i cant wait to see some more
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:35 PM
First photo is out the hotel window in Alkmaar.
Second is the Prince Willim built in 1649.
Third is one of the older houses in Alkmaar.
Horse and carriage in Amsterdam.
Dam Square in Amsterdam.
And finally, a cruise ship in port in Amsterdam near the Central Train Station. I never knew just how big those things were.
The building is approximately 22 stories by my estimation.
I had a great time.
People were friendly and helpful. Several times, rather than give me directions, the person would simply guide me to my destination. I spoke to anyone who would listen and found that people over there are generally eager to stop and talk.
Converstions with hotel owners, coffeshop keepers/ owners, construction contractors, and people from all over the US, have really opened my eyes to the way things could be for us.
The general attitude is live and let live. I could go on and on but I still really love my home too. Don't want to seem like I'm knocking the home ground - we just have room for improvement.
In the major cities, English is commonly spoken. Many shop keepers are multi-lingual. I met a Greek restaurant owner who spoke fluent English, Spanish, Dutch, Greek, and those are just the ones he got around to.
In the smaller towns, English is not so widely spoken but it is at least understood if you keep your point simple. Survival type issues are easily handled - food, shelter, bike parts, weed.
I went with an experienced friend. We parted ways after a few days and I went on to do my own thing with ease.
My first instinct was to sell out here in the US and move back as quickly as possible.
Logic prevailed and I think I'll just visit from time to time.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:14 PM
its a familly name :)
"DOKTER WAGEMAKER" is a family name? Wooh! Talk about getting your point across.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 08:43 PM
Gorgeous pics, sounds like it was great.
So glad you had the experience.
Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:49 AM
2 more images from Dam square
and here is the center for prostitutes for treatments and birth control
Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:45 PM