and if you have...what are you favorite coffeeshops and what not?? ive been there three times. the first time was for 5 days with 4 friends, and it was such an eye opener to fun. i hadnt smoked in a week because i was backpacking europe, and since i live in israel, i hadnt smoked real good bud in over 6 months (we only get swhwagg and horrible hash) so i got soooooo stoned and for five days from 8am to 10 pm was non stop smoking. went to random coffeeshops because i didnt know better. two weeks later, we were all in rome, and the ferry we were supposed to take to athens went on strike, so we had a week to kill before our trip ended. everyone went up to north italy to watch the winter olympics and since we had a train pass with unlimited train passes in europe, two out of five of us went back to amsterdam. we started only buying pot at good coffeeshops, and did mushrooms a handful of times. our flight back to israel was from istanbul, so we had to get a plane ticket to get from amsterdam to istanbul, and since we were going to be there, might as well see istanbul, so when we were going to buy tickets, i realized i lost my passport, and it would be impossible to see istanbul for the fact that 1) it was a friday afternoon when i lost it, so the US consolate was closed (im a us citizen, living in israel, and will become an israeli citizen in the next few months) so i was traveling on a US passport. 2) monday was martin luther king day, so it was closed again. and i had to be in istanbul by wedensday for my connecting flight, so while my friend went to istanbul on friday and spent the weekend there, i was in amsterdam BY MYSELF. at first i was very skeptical of it, but its great. i hung out at the hostel, met people, got stoned, and just had the best time ever. finanally went to the us consolate, with lots of pot on me, which was so sketch, and my new passport photo is soooooo funny (i was sooo high was they took it) the third time i went to amsterdam was over our two week spring break from our university. imagine this over spring break: the two or three biggest stoners from every college year aborad program, and pack them in to the dam. we were there for two weeks, going all over the netherlands, meeting the coolest people. we went to rodderdam, liedan, noordvijk, urect, and just got stoned ALL THE TIME. did shrooms every other day, going to world class museums and what not. the craziest part of the trip was i did mushrooms before our flight back to israel. since its israel, there was extra security, and they detained me for like 30 minutes on my peak trying to see if i brought anything back (which i didnt, not worth the risk) but it was funny. sooo..if you have been to amsterdam...what are your favorite coffeeshops? mine are 1) barneys. on my third trip to amsterdam our flight got in at 4 am, and i hadnt smoked in a week to get lose my tolerance. at 7am we did a wake and bake with a roor bong of the cannabis cup winner 2004 willie nelson and 2005 hash barney rubble...40 euro a gram...its insane. the coffeshop reminds me of ihop or deneys, except better food, and incredible pot 2) tweede kamer - same owner as de damprking, but its more personal. the dealer new me after my third trip to amsterdam 3) grey area - very awsome, and very american. have an amazing selection of bongs, and they sell in eighths, to cater to americans what hostels did you stay at? ive stayed at them all, and my persoanl favorite is the flying pig uptown...its situated in a place called vondelpark which is actrully bigger than central park in nyc. yup. tell your stories if youve been. i cant wait to go back.