24-01-2008 - 23:56
Well actually i am dutch, so i can answer much of your questions i think. For the bars and clubs it depends on what you want. I didn't went to a club in Amsterdam actually, but there are some nice places like de Melkweg (milkyway) and Paradiso. They both are located near Leidseplein. It's half an hour walk i think and about 10 minutes by tram from the central station. Actually it's a straight line south which is, i think, quite easy to find. Another interesting place is Waterloopleinmarkt, it's a market where you can buy all kinds of strange stuff, clothes, international products etc. A boat tour is also quite nice and if you're interested in modern architecture, Nemo (by Renzo Piano) is nice, but a little out of the route maybe.. I can tell you a lot of other places, so if you're interested, pm me...
Other things you maybe (?) want to do are going to the redlight district (be quick because the local government wants to close all 'houses') or using softdrugs (Amsterdam city of drugs..). Well, for weed and hasj, you should go to a coffeeshop (there are lots in the city centre). You can smoke there or somewhere else, but 'officially' it's forbidden to smoke drugs outside i think. Although i never heard people having trouble with the police while using weed or hasj. These drugs are both not very dangerous, weed makes most people a little slow and 'laughy', hasj has a quicker effect, but is pretty much the same (most people like weed more, because hasj can be bad sometimes). For mushrooms it's more difficult, you have to go to a smartshop the first day of your stay to get information and after three days you can come back to buy some. Mushrooms (paddo's in dutch) have a hallucinating effect and are really different from weed. They're more dangerous (i never tried it) and people who used it say you have to do it in a quiet place (forest or something) and always take someone with you, who don't use it, in case of a bad trip. Last summer some french girl commited suicide (jumped off a bridge) after using paddo's in Amsterdam, that's why it's more difficult for tourists to buy some. Sorry for the long text, i think the drugs thing is pretty important when you go to Amsterdam...