The first time and only time I have visited Rusland was for the T and T at the end of last month. I only knew what I had read on here and that is sister shop Het Ballonnetje had been one of my favourites prior to the take over late last year. Well it would appear to me that Rusland was sold at the same time, the menu was nothing like what I had expected, boo no more NL ice.
I was the first one to arrive I went up the stairs and straight to the counter I ordered a drink and had a look over the menu, it was nothing amazing I just ordered a gram of AK47 €9.50 to mix in with the hash that I already carried, this happened to be the cheapest weed selection, I did not look at the hash. If I had really wanted this strain I would have walked five minutes up the road and bought it from Green Place for €7, it's a no brainier, but I was prepared to buy it as I guessed we would be sat blazing for a while so its only fair we bought something from the shop.
I then went and sat on the bench just raised up by the front door, the best place to meet the others as they came in. I did not really look around the corner at the bar where there was some more seating with a few people sat smoking, from what I did see was that the place could do with a refurb, hopefully the new owners will oblige. Almost as soon as I sat down an english guy came and sat and started chatting, I guessed that he knew about the T and T but no he had not even seen the famous map before let alone read the forum. He was just having a quick smoke before he went out for the night with the wife, so was off to enjoy the city.
In the intervening time Gapie had arrived so we sat and talked while we smoked some Kush from Grey Area and some Canadian outdoor weed that he had been sent, you know what it was not bad. Next to arrive was Matty and then followed by Asif. I think the latter two bought weed from Rusland as well but what it was I have no idea. Matty only smoked pure so no rolling tobbaco for the evening, fair enough I can go along with that. We must have smoked at least six/seven fat spliffs before we moved to find a smoke friendly bar to blaze the night away. It ended up being an epic smoke off with us running out of weed after about four hours of constant smoking and drinking. God I love Amsterdam
Well the Ak47 was unsurprisingly nothing special but it did mix rather well with the Grey Crystals, I will not be rushing back to Rusland in a hurry. It's just nothing special, there are plenty of better coffeshops around, but as a quite little shop it was good to meet up with the other guys. I just hope that Het Ballonnetje will have stayed relatively unchanged.
Cheers guys I had a cracking night and smoked some top spliffs with you guys, stay safe, stay stonned
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