HitTheNorth's Not A Stag Do

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HitTheNorth's Not A Stag Do

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Day 1

As I get married in a couple of months I thought it'd be an excellent excuse to go to my favourite city with a few of my favourite people. There will be eight of us all told, seven from day one, me, my best man R, KC, T, M, C and the Dwarf, the Geordie arrives the day after and completes our little gang. I'd been twice with R in the past (see "Assorted Memories" report), KC had lived there for 8 months but doesn't smoke, T, M and the Dwarf all like a smoke. T's been a few times before. C does smoke but he won't mind me calling him a lightweight, my toilet bowl would back me up if it could speak! A varied set of tolerances 😃

The day arrives and T is at mine around 8ish. He has a couple rolled, one for now, one for the airport. Nice one. We swing by and pick the Dwarf up, he's running late and appears suitably bleary eyed. All set, off to the airport.

Most of us are flying together, which is an achievement in itself as M lives in another country. We meet up with R, KC and M at the bar and the obligatory pint is consumed. The Dwarf has a Bloody Mary, yuk. C is on an earlier flight so we meet him at Schipol after a slight delay. We grab our tickets and there's a train waiting, it's the express. Nice.

Image1 by Ben Sinister, on Flickr

Upon arriving at Centraal the general consensus is to pick up a smoke and take the tram down to Vondelpark to check in, dump bags etc. With Voyagers not being what it was it makes sense to head gently towards N Voorburgwal for a tram. 420 Cafe is selected. I've never been before, I don't much like this part of town around Neiwendijk and Damrak, it's too busy and more shopping based. Subsequently I've never frequented the coffeeshops around here.

There's works going on around the station and it's even more hectic than usual, geezers in hi vis directing pedestrians across the road, it's almost a relief to hit Damrak.

We arrive at de Kuil still with our bags and the place is packed. It's very brown and old school which I like but way too busy. We're not stopping for drinks and get served fairly quickly. I wanted some Nevilles Haze but the tub was just shake, the 420 Haze was only popcorn so I went for the Diesel. €14 a gram and it was a very mild effect with not much taste, disappointing first bud. T got the 420 Haze and was non plussed too. For some reason I thought the bar next door, the Bottle is it? was smoker friendly but there was signs up saying no weed even outside so we moved on.

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As its only round the corner we stopped at Cafe Belgique for a quick drink and a smoke then jumped on a tram. We stayed at the Van Gogh hostel just a stride from Museumplein. Decent location, modern, clean, cheap! Quick bag dump and we're off...

Easy Times is our next stop. Lots of purchases all round here. Myself and the Dwarf got a gram of Gorilla Cookies at €16, really frosty buds - that's what got me, nice sedative stone, we both enjoyed this. The Dwarf also got some Moonshine Haze, which he said was too strong for him and OG Kush hash, whilst others bought Biscotti and Purple Punch. I needed a grinder so picked one up here, it was about €5 for a basic plastic job. Could've got one cheaper but never mind, it was needed. We grabbed drinks and sat next to the front door, had a half hour settling in and making a kind of plan.

Image13 by Ben Sinister, on Flickr

We walked up Leidsestraat to Spui and the Dampkring. Small queue in front of us but we were handed menus to prepare ourselves. I was on a hash hunt here, the dark haired lady tender served me and couldn't have been more helpful. She showed me a variety of Moroccan hash but the Niqa and Sensibile just sung when I put my nose to the tub. I was looking for a more blonde crumbly type of hash but hell, when you get shown that you just have to go for it. Now I am no hash expert by any stretch, I just have no source for it, so I really enjoyed smoking both of these.

The Sensabile is a very sticky dark hash that reminds me more of the Indian hashes I used to get from bluebird in consistency, it came wrapped in parchment paper which helped. Amazing sweet floral smell. Turned to almost liquid in the pipe and bong, I put most of it in joints with pure weed, seemed to last for ages too. The Niqa was similarly fragrant, extremely strong aroma in the tub. Not as sticky as the Sensibile but still very pliable and easy to manipulate without having it stuck to your fingers. T bought a g of Tha Melon, more on that later...

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Sensibile

We didn't hang around. Susies Saloon was chosen as a base for the evening. The smoking room is still in effect, tobacco users may note that it is still permitted here, for the time being at least.

Whilst here the top table became free which was perfect for a group our size. A picture of contented industry we get to work on joints, pipes and bongs. Obviously after an hour or two I'm running low on flower, a quick trip to Bagheera is in order. C, the Dwarf and R were going to come with but as we get to the door, swerving the girl who has just hit the deck in front of us, the heavens open. Total downpour. It eases a little after a minute or two and myself and C head out.

I've not been here since about 97 and obviously things have changed. I take a gram of Notorious OG and two of Lemon Bubble, also a gram of Sour Walker for the Dwarf. C also bags some Lemon Bubble. Back to Suzies. I'm the one in cap and specs, T is the geezer with the porn tache, everyone else was so stoned their faces went all blurry.

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Another little session ensues before we wander up Damstraat, grab some crap takeaways and head to Belgique again.

KC is here, he's been flitting between bars all night as a non smoker he couldn't handle the smokey den of the Saloon. I like Belgique a lot and it's become a regular haunt over recent visits, quirky decor, DJ, nice vibe, staff and beer. The heated terrace tops it off, perfect for people watching while you smoke. There's always interesting scribblings on the opposite wall, and I take a couple of snaps of nearby art, I barely took any photos this trip - too stoned, new phone and I didn't bring my dslr.

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As the night draws to a close the DJ ends his set to a round of applause and we head out. Deciding to head back to the hostel we wander through the 9 streets. KC is hilariously shit faced and has something of a wobble on. He's got his headphones on and is air drumming and blurting out random lyrics when all of a sudden... Scoop! Two Dutch girls appear from nowhere either side of him and link him on each arm. "Hey, how's it going? You Ok? Walk with us" These girls and their mates are so infectious and upbeat, we're all falling about laughing, KCs eyes bulging with the shock, they almost picked him up clean off his feet. Just one of those many magical, had to be there Amsterdam moments. Anyway we walked with them and talked football for a while til we hit Prinzengracht, left turn to Leidsestraat and more takeaway shite.

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The dwarf gets churros with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, €16! How we pointed and laughed at him, and then helped ourselves when he couldn't finish them. For my part, I fared no better. It had to be done. It was my ninth visit and I'd never had a Febo. After perusing the heated cabinets and surveying the many, high quality looking culinary delights, I opted for a kipburger. This wonderfully grim morsel came bathed, resplendent, in a kind of nuclear looking goo. Disgusting, but it's ticked off the fuck it list so well, fuck it!

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We return to base, some hit the hay. Myself, the Dwarf and I think R head outside for a bedtime smoke on a little bench under a tree.I've got a lovely heavy feeling when I turn in, looking forward to a nice kip and our first full day tomorrow... If only C would stop snoring.

Smoke List - Day 1

1g New York Diesel- €14 -420 Cafe
1g Gorilla Cookies - €16 - Easy Times
1g Sensabile - €15 - Dampkring
1g Niqa - €14 - Dampkring
1g Notorious OG - Bagheera
2g Lemon Bubble - Bagheera



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Enjoyed reading that man ,looking forward to day 2 donk keep us weighting too long :D

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Very nice read, thanks. Look forward to more of the same. :mrgreen:

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Wow, guys! Looks like you had a great time! :D

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Great read! Let's have day 2! :D

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Day 2

I wake early at around half past five. My earplugs have fallen out and there is a discordant melody of snoring in the room, I struggle to doze. At 7am the alarm on my phone goes off, I'd forgotten to cancel it from the day before. KC jumps out of bed like a man possessed. "Mum, Mum!" he screams, spinning round, disorientated, opening the bathroom door and bathing the room in brilliant, unwelcome light. Of course this outburst has everyone awake and laughing, most go back to sleep, I can't so I get up, shower and head out for breakfast.

Across Museumplein, through the Rijks tunnel, round the corner to Rookies. I love coming here for a wake and bake in the window seat. I pick up a gram of Amnesia and chat a little to the dealer about the refurb and how long it is since my last visit, grab a coffee and my favourite seat and a smoke. I'm still using a little tobacco in my joints at the moment, I pretty much sack it off for the rest of the trip at some point today, so I roll one and sit outside. There's never more than a couple of people here at this time in the morning and never anyone sat outside, I love sitting here and watching the working day begin as I get high. The guy from the hipster shop across the way that seems to sell booze and haircuts says good morning, delivery men smile. All is well with the world. So the Amnesia was pretty average but it's breakfast, it'll do.

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After a while I head back to the hostel where the rest of the crew are waking. T and the Dwarf are going for full English on Leidseplein and then hooking up with the Geordie who arrives this morning. KC is having a lie in and M has some work to do before he hooks up with us later. Me, R and C head over to Katsu.

I pretty much know where I'm going but decide to consult google maps for the first time on this trip, after being led a merry dance for ten minutes I decide to go full Skywalker and turn off my targeting computer and use the force. Works a treat and we're at Katsu in no time.

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It's a nice mid-morning atmosphere in Katsu. There's a few people in but it's not busy, if anyone has watched Big D's YouTube videos from a few years back, well the guy he goes around with, the tour guide, he was in there. It bugged me for about ten minutes where I recognised him from. I picked up some Black Widow Haze and we sat in the back seat where the Windows looks out onto the little garden thing. There was a cool dog roaming around, very friendly. A couple more people come in, including a rather lively lady who kept laughing at nothing and tossing her lighter in the air. The weed was OK, nothing special. We head back after a while and pick up C's phone which had failed to charge overnight.

The three of us head out past Leidseplein up to Prinzengract with a happy amble on. R asks if there's any coffeeshops nearby and it turns out we're only a couple of blocks from La Tertulia, I was hankering after a visit last time but didn't make it, now seems as good a time as any.

La Tertulia is a split level shop with a small counter area downstairs and seating on a mezzanine type upstairs area, it's bright and airy and was empty when we arrived. There wasn't much on the menu that took my fancy but they did have a strain called The Hulk, I enquired whether this was related to Bruce Banner and the nice, younger of the two ladies said that it was. I gave it a go for later.

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We decamped upstairs and wanting to respect the tobacco rules I knocked a pure of the remaining Amnesia and Black Widow together. This was probably a sliding doors moment for me on this trip, I barely touched tobacco for the rest of the time which in retrospect was a fucking inspired decision! This is a very chill coffeeshop with no pretensions seemingly untouched by the corporate, brandification of the cs scene. I like it. It very much reminds me of coffeeshops of old, the mezzanine reminds me a little of the old Sensi Seeds cs. If the seats were a little more comfy, and the "art" a little less amateur (my degree is in art history, sorry I'm a snob), I could imagine whiling away a morning with a book or a crossword. Lovely. Opening hours are a little wonky, so best checking before trekking. CS Johnny is just round the corner, but I forgot because....

We start getting contact from T and the Dwarf who have met up with the Geordie, we let them know where we are and they start heading over. In the meantime we get itchy feet and head out, we call T and they are currently holed up in Tweede Kamer, we're not far away so we mooch over.

We walk into Tweede and the lads have the table to the right, the Geordie has his back to the door so I lean over and ask, "Anyone sat here?" Wahey! Greetings etc Sesh on! R got some Kosher Tangie which, like always, he vaped through his Pax, he rated it as the best of his trip. We used to spend a lot of time here when we'd been together in the past and he was clearly pleased to be back.

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The Hulk wasn't really doing it for me so I grabbed a gram of Amnesia G13 for some sativa zinginess, very frosty decent sized nugs, solid smoke. The lady tender gave T and I posters which was a nice touch. However, when I was doing my shopping I asked about the genetics of a couple of strains that were prefixed "Blue", I wanted to know where that came from ie Blue Dream, Blueberry. I'd be more interested in a Blue Dream cross you see, but she didn't know. I'd expect the tender to know that information but at least she was honest and didn't try to blag it. It's a minor thing really, they made us very welcome and a good time was had by all. I think KC and M hooked up with us here. All together again briefly a plan was made, the non smokers or non needers went to Suzies while the rest of us took a walk to Solo.

On the way, on N Voorburgwal near The Plug, we see a small group of young girls, 18-21ish. One of them is sat down on some steps, very pale, pool of sick at her feet. Looks like she's whitey'd. I realised I still had a biscuit from my morning coffee at Rookies so go over and offer my confectionery in order to give her a sugar boost. They all looked pretty freaked, paranoid, but they took the biscuit and regardless I'm sure she was OK.

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Solo.A new one on me but my mouth has been watering at the hashes they've been posting on Instagram. I had a look at a few and then plumped for the Glueberry OG and the Fruity Pebbles. Both blonde creamy Moroccan hashes with strong floral aromas, the Glueberry was stonier, both very tasty. The hashes I've bought so far I've been very impressed with, thanks to Marok and Copenhagen Couple amongst others for making it a damn sight easier with all their reviews and knowledgeable posts. I always kick myself for not buying more hash, well I got 6 this time and can see myself buying more next time, I felt I gave it a better go than I normally do mainly because I felt better equipped to know what to look for.

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Glueberry and Fruity Pebbles hash, sorry - can't remember which was which.

Anyway, nowhere to sit in Solo so we head over to Suzies and meet the others, it's happy hour and we settle in nicely. Everybody is happy here and over the course of the evening I lead small excursions to Bagheera where I buy Lots Of Zkittlez and Serious Kush for €12. Then later to Het Ballonetje where I procure Mango Sapphire and a gram and half of G13 Mr Nice. Later still I head out on my own to Het Gelderse where I pick up Triangle Kush for €13 and for old times sake Bubblegum at €8. Suitably stocked up I meet with the rest in Suzies and proceed to get very high smoking pure weed joints with various hashes sprinkled on top.

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As for the purchases the Zkittles was good, nice taste. G13MN very frosty, Mango a little disappointing. Bubblegum was nice and frosty too and made good filler, can't remember too much about the kushes but I know I was very stoned!

We somehow ended up back at the hostel but I can't really remember. I know we bumped into some young very well dressed Germans on the way, they thought T was homeless and kept shouting "Oi, Oi", this then became an oft-repeated phrase for the rest of the trip. Back at base apparently I went to the Dwarfs room, rolled a joint and then melted. It's been a successful day!

Day 2 Smoke List

1g Amnesia - €10ish - Rookies
1g Black Widow Haze - Katsu
1g The Hulk - €14ish - La Tertulia
1g Amnesia G13 - €13 - 2e Kamer
1g Glueberry OG Hash - €15 - Solo
1g Fruity Pebbles Hash - €14 - Solo
1g Lots Of Zkittlez - Bagheera
1g Serious Kush - €12 - Bagheera
1g Mango Sapphire - Het Ballonetje
1.5g G13 Mr Nice - Het Ballonetje
1g Bubblegum - €8 - Het Gelderse
1g Triangle Kush - €13 - Het Gelderse

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Thanks HTN for another super write up. Love the pictures also. How was the Red Velvet cake? Looks dam good. :wink:

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AzLaker wrote:
Fri 22nd May 2020 06:04 pm
Thanks HTN for another super write up. Love the pictures also. How was the Red Velvet cake? Looks dam good. :wink:

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Thank you, the Geordie got the red velvet. It looked tasty and he seemed to enjoy it

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Cheers for sharing man, loving the read while enjoying a vape. Sounds like you guys had a great trip and plenty of smoking was done :D
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Enjoying the read bud ..hope theres a day 3

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Sounds like you had a great time , defo smokey 😵😁💨,

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