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    Default Amsterdam - what's good?

    I'm going for a few days next week with my girlfriend. I've been before but only for day trips or to kill a few hours before waiting for a plane or train connection. Would love some recommendations for where to go/what to do/what to see. More on the cultural and food/drink side of things than mad heavy club nights, although music on the classic/experimental/jazz/folk etc. side of things would be good, if anyone knows of anything like that.

    I think a lot of things might be either closed, or open but horribly rammed, on the Thursday as it's a national holiday.
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    check the websites of muziekgebouw/bimhuis, occii and ot301 for concerts. try and google where to find the best surinamese food, it's the best cuisine in the world. do one of those canal boat tours, it looks shit but i always think it's quite relaxing.

    apart from that don't know that much. if you ask me that city is dead. completely overrun by tourists. nutella shops everywhere, stag party guys vomiting in front of your feet, camera's flashing constantly, selfie sticks poked in your face. i was thinking anyway it would be time to stop tourism, or somehow regulate it. i don't even like visiting other cities myself anymore as i feel like an intruder the moment i set foot in a foreign city. but maybe that should go in another thread.

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    Smoking skunk in windowless basements surrounded by twitchy paranoid teenagers from deepest darkest Croydon.

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    Tourism in some cities or some sites within some cities has reached some tipping point but equally can you say to the Chinese (and Indians and etc) we've travelled the world but now you have enough money to do it we're putting a stop to it!

    Interesting conundrum in any case

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    Smoking skunk in windowless basements surrounded by twitchy paranoid teenagers from deepest darkest Croydon.
    Sounds ideal!
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    What holiday is it? If it's Queen's Day that should be worth seeing in itself.

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    I lived in Amsterdam for a few months in 2000 I think it was (as you probably know). I hated it. Was mainly the job but also the fact it poured down with rain really really hard on every single day and the way the pavements were all being dug up so the whole place was just a muddy fucking swamp. And and it could also have been down to the fact that it was full of drunken idiot tourists traipsing round the coffee shops and red light district... or maybe the drug dealer who used to threaten me every time I left my house. Mainly it was the job and the fact that every single person I worked with (ok except Liam) was an utter utter cunt. Some of whom got busted later he he. There are some nice Indonesian restaurants and museums and stuff I guess.
    Went back there a few years ago to DJ at a friend's art show thing - it was even worse than I remembered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    What holiday is it? If it's Queen's Day that should be worth seeing in itself.
    It's Ascension Week, although I think only Thursday an actual holiday.

    Cheers for the recs, yyaldrin. I'll try not to contribute to the vomiting-tourists problem! Was looking forward to some good Indonesian food, of course, but will be sure to try out some Senegalese too.
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