A May 2004 trip
to Amsterdam by coloradowanderer
Quote: You don't need me to find the numerous historical sights, museums, and attractions of Amsterdam. If you want to relax with locals, eat non-Dutch food, and have an interesting canal ride, read my journal.
St Christopher Club Canal Cruise operates from Boom Chicago Theater in the Leidseplein. The owners of old traditional boats formed a club to educate people and earn money for upkeep. It is only €10 for a historical tour anywhere you want.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 2, 2005
Bob's Youth Hostel
First tram stop
The only downfall: "ugly" tourists. One woman who had arrived, guidebook in arms, rudely asked for a fork and was shocked that none were available and she had to eat with her hands. At another table, guidebook also in tow, I overheard a mother and her teenage daughter bemoaning the menu. They ordered water, and when it arrived in a glass, the woman enunciated loudly, "DO YOU HAVE BOTTLED WATER?" The server brought back a bottle and explained, in flawless English, that all water served is bottled. The woman then asked, "Do you have a bigger bottle?" (Check your guidebook for the water situation in A'dam.) When the food arrived, the girl groaned "EWWW, we should have stayed at the hotel!" I am always saddened by rudeness and unwillingness to try new things by tourists. With that said, hop on the bus to Semhaz. Relax and enjoy your meal.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005
Semhaz Ethopian Restaurant
Marnix Straat 259 near Jordaan District
Amsterdam, Herenstraat 22
+31 020-623 46 33