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January 25, 2006

Ezra Goes To Amsterdam

So Lindsay let that cat out of the bag. The Dutch Board of Tourism, in a show of spectacularly good judgment, has decided to send me, and a variety of other bloggers, to Amsterdam for week. As you can imagine, I argued strenuously against it, but there counterpoints of beer, Europe, and bicycles quickly won me over.

So uh, any of you live in Amsterdam? Any of you know cool things to do while there?

I leave, as of now, on February 16. The only blogger I know I'll be overlapping with is Jeralyn of Talkleft. She will, I imagine, force me to carry her luggage (I have some experience with this). Otherwise, I'll be writing an article on biomass and sustainable development (for a previously-planned special report, natch), exploring the beer selection, and exploring the beer selection again.

I must say, blogging is pretty damn awesome.

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Comments

You will just miss the weed festival. Still, lucky you. Smoke a fatty!

Posted by: Captain Toke | Jan 25, 2006 7:38:13 PM

And I'm the one who gets those cool bribes from big Pharma -- bunches and bunches of plastic pens.

Posted by: J Bean | Jan 25, 2006 7:45:23 PM

Damn you to hell. Lucky bastard.

Posted by: Sara | Jan 25, 2006 7:51:21 PM

I hate you.

Posted by: Realish | Jan 25, 2006 8:36:05 PM

Am I the only one who suspects Jack Abramoff behind this little junket? If you look around at some point while you're over there and your in a room with Bob Ney and a bunch of plains Indian casino types -- RUN! And for goodness sake don't go on the casino cruise, becuase someone will get shot!

One more thing -- If you get back and start writing fawning posts about what a great dude Grover Norquist is, I swear to god I'm calling the feds on your sorry butt!

Posted by: Savage Tan | Jan 25, 2006 9:01:13 PM

Am I the only one who suspects Jack Abramoff behind this little junket? If you look around at some point while you're over there and your in a room with Bob Ney and a bunch of plains Indian casino types -- RUN! And for goodness sake don't go on the casino cruise, becuase someone will get shot!

One more thing -- If you get back and start writing fawning posts about what a great dude Grover Norquist is, I swear to god I'm calling the feds on your sorry butt!

Posted by: Savage Tan | Jan 25, 2006 9:02:08 PM

Am I the only one who suspects Jack Abramoff behind this little junket? If you look around at some point while you're over there and your in a room with Bob Ney and a bunch of plains Indian casino types -- RUN! And for goodness sake don't go on the casino cruise, becuase someone will get shot!

One more thing -- If you get back and start writing fawning posts about what a great dude Grover Norquist is, I swear to god I'm calling the feds on your sorry butt!

Posted by: Savage Tan | Jan 25, 2006 9:02:36 PM

Funny. I'm heading there on the 15th from Dulles.

As to things to do, I'd hope the Tourism Board could help. Me, I intend to check out the art museums (Rembrandt anniversary going on), the history museum and the tech museum. Maybe I'll add a concert at the Concertgebouw--there are a few scheduled. Indonesian food ough to be on my list. Hmm, the naval museum could be interesting too.

I'd like to do a bike tour of the city even though it is wintertime. (Probably can rent a bike at Centraal Station.) Architecture fascinates me and that city has a bunch of old buildings.

Have fun.

Posted by: David Murphy | Jan 25, 2006 9:05:14 PM

Please check out the places where the legal green smokeable stuff is sold and consumed, and report back how it compares to No. CA or OR/WA product in quality and price. No sense going to Amsterdam if you can't partake of one of their most talked about products.

Posted by: JimPortandOR | Jan 25, 2006 9:18:46 PM

What the hell is a 'blogmother'?

Posted by: Don | Jan 25, 2006 9:27:11 PM

The Reijksmuseum (sp?) and Van Gogh museums are fantastic. The Night Watch alone is worth the price of admission. It's a very pedestrian-friendly city, just wandering about the streets and canals is fun.

Posted by: Rebecca Allen, RN, PhD | Jan 25, 2006 9:39:59 PM

American Prospect? Happy for you.
LA Weekly? Happy for you.
You're hot? Happy for you, since I used to be "ok."

But Amsterdam, just for sitting on your ass - except when you lift one cheek to get another post? I hate you.

Seriously, have fun. Never been to Amsterdam, but try to hook up with at least one local that you can get to take you away from all the usual tourist stuff. Find his/her regular pub, and then stay all night dancing/drinking/talking with the locals.

Posted by: Stephen | Jan 25, 2006 9:51:00 PM

Walk as much as possible. None of the places you list living in the US will have prepared you for what a walkable city is supposed to be like.

But if you want the real Amsterdam experience, rent a bike. You'll notice that everyone else is getting around by bicycle, regardless of age.

Posted by: Allen K. | Jan 25, 2006 10:00:06 PM

I'm so psyched to go to amsterdam?!!

Posted by: Liliana Klein | Jan 25, 2006 10:32:46 PM

Cool. A variety of minor conflicts kept me from going and besides i've been there and I figured I'd let some other people have some fun. Glad people I like got to go.

Posted by: Atrios | Jan 25, 2006 10:37:49 PM

Well, they told me that I'm going with you guys, but I didn't confirm until today so we'll see if it's the same flight. Looking forward to meeting the shoes I had to fill in person.

Posted by: Amanda Marcotte | Jan 26, 2006 12:33:52 AM

Amanda, that's fabulous that you're going at the same time. Ezra can carry your luggage too!

Posted by: TalkLeft | Jan 26, 2006 1:02:12 AM

I strongly recommend taking a dose of mushrooms before visiting the Van Gogh museum. Also, if you have a chance to get out of Amsterdam, few pleasures in life are more satisfying than a breakfast of poffertjes in the square of Haarlem's cathedral, although it might be a bit cold in February. Arnhem Zoo is home to the world's largest chimpanzee enclosure as well, if you're into that sort of thing.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Jan 26, 2006 7:40:19 AM

"Arnhem Zoo is home to the world's largest chimpanzee enclosure as well, if you're into that sort of thing."

Awesome!

Posted by: Ezra | Jan 26, 2006 8:29:21 AM

Het Ij (sp?) brewery in the eastern part of town (I forgot exactly where, but it is a short walk away from a tram stop) is a great place to sample some belgian-style ales (my personal favorite). The beer is cheap and plentiful and damn good. I suggest trying the trappist ales, wherever you go.

As for coffeeshops, The Dolphin, near the Leidseplien had a nice atmosphere and good selection. The Old Church, across from the Oude Kerk was my favorite, with large windows looking at the old church and a very friendly proprietor.

Please hit up a show at the Concertgebouw, they have free Wednesday lunch shows in the smaller hall, and the main concert hall is an architectual and acoustic marvel. Even sitting in the front-left section, the sound was amazing.

I hate you. Have fun.

Posted by: verplanck colvin | Jan 26, 2006 8:45:59 AM

If you are going to visit it, read Chimpanzee Politics by Frans de Waal first. It describes in loving detail the social interactions of the colony (a long time ago - the book was published in 1985) and the dynamics of the hierarchy. It's fascinating stuff, as are his other books.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Jan 26, 2006 8:48:10 AM

Now that I think about it, Lindsay would probably appreciate the Arnhem colony. I'll crosspost my suggestion over at hers.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Jan 26, 2006 8:50:28 AM

The link you give says the bloggers will be put up in either the Krasnapolsky of Lloyd Hotel.

If I were you, I'd go for the Krasnapolsky. That one is lodged between Dam Square and the Red Light District. Lloyd's is a (short) taxiride away from city center.

Posted by: jasper emmering | Jan 26, 2006 8:51:50 AM

And Krasnapolsky is close by one of the two best pubs in Amsterdam, In de Wildeman!

The other one, Het Arendsnest (specialises in Dutch beers and has every Dutch beer that is sold to pubs, either on tap or bottled; no need for Heineken at all) is close by as well.

Do take a canal trip, as it is fun.

Nice that they asked you, but pity the sukkels did not think to ask some Amsterdam bloggers as well. What are we, chopped liver?

Posted by: Martin Wisse | Jan 26, 2006 9:39:52 AM

As for cool places to hang out, last time I was there (five years ago), we spent an awful lot of time at Dutch Flowers. It's in the University district.

You should also look to see who's playing at the Melkweg. We caught a great Fishbone show while there.

See the museums, zoos, etc. Rent a bike for the week to manage transit. Avoid the Red Light district--it's too touristy/seedy. Also, don't miss the Anne Franke House.

dcdouglas

Posted by: dcdouglas | Jan 26, 2006 9:55:25 AM

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