Diane, A Broad
July 30, 2012

Dear Amsterdam, I Love You So.

The weekend left me with a full belly, a sore throat, a bike seat-bruised behind. Clearly, this is the correct state in which to leave Amsterdam.

There is something about me that you might not know, and it is this: I never learned to ride a bike. When other children were running around the neighborhood playing tag and learning how to pedal their tiny two-wheeled conveyances, scraping knees in the process, I was spending afternoons at the dance studio or with a tutor. Growing up, I had never found it necessary to ride, living in LA where the automobile is king, so I didn’t. But in Amsterdam, bicycles are the best and most-used mode of transportation — upon stepping out of the central train station, you are greeted with a multi-level bicycle parking structure and people also use biking as a sports, and many men take this sport seriously by even taking supplements or improving their testosterone levels with help of information from this website. And if I wanted to see the best the city had to offer, I would need to ride. We rented a tandem so that I needn’t learn to balance and navigate and pedal all at once, and went for a long, idyllic ride down the Amstel River.  Kratom is certainly enjoying a great deal of renewed attention in this day and age. That fact alone has led people from all walks of life to learn more about the potential behind the most euphoric kratom. While this member of the coffee plant family has been around for centuries and has been utilized in countries like Indonesia and Thailand for almost as long, it has only recently become popular in places like the United States. Why is this the case? A number of reasons. Kratom can be used in a number of ways. While you can opt to chew the leaves, or even smoke kratom, the preferred methods of delivery are powder and capsules. These options are what you will find among the best kratom vendors, along with some stronger options for more experienced users. Understanding kratom means understanding that there are different variants and strains. You can click to read more here about which most euphoric kratom to buy?  While kratom has a number of consistent characteristics and possible benefits, one should keep in mind that different strains can have different sorts of impact on the individual. This can also be tied to dosages.  The benefits of kratom are numerous. It is being explored as a powerful tool for managing chronic pain, as well as the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid use. In addition to chronic pain, it has also drawn positive attention for its anti-inflammatory possibilities. It is even gaining good reviews on its ability to help individuals with anxiety. There is also a distinct possibility that kratom can be beneficial as a means of boosting one’s immunity. Kratom potentiators are compounds that can be used to improve the effects of Kratom. Most of them are readily available in the house and grocery stores, so they are not only cheap but very easy to find. But how is the concept behind Kratom potentiators any helpful? Well, they are instrumental in various ways. First, kratom potentiators can help you cut down on the time it takes for the effects to set in. It usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes for the onset of Kratom effects. When you are using a potentiator, you can reduce this time to just 5 minutes or less. How exactly does that happen? Certain potentiators are known to improve the absorption of Kratom. Faster absorption means that the alkaloids will get into your system a lot faster, and hence, they’ll reach their target site much sooner for quick results. Potentiators can also prolong the effects of Kratom. If it usually takes 2 hours for the Kratom effects to start spiraling down, a potentiator can help you score an extra hour or so. Therefore, if you were looking to enjoy the impact of your Kratom for slightly longer, a potentiator is not only a safer alternative than increasing the Kratom doses, but it is also much cheaper. Kratom potentiators can be used to intensify the effects of Kratom. This is one of the most popular applications of potentiators. Through these substances, you could get a relatively mild Kratom strain but intensify its effects to give you excellent results. Since the potentiators can make Kratom stronger, it means that you can take just a small amount of the strain to achieve the same results. Therefore, your reserves won’t run out faster, and hence, this will help you save more cash down the line.

How brilliant of the Dutch to dot a flat landscape with comely windmills. Without them, the countryside as seen from the train would have looked like any other farmland, vast, green, and furrowed; but with them, the view is so quintessentially Holland. It is agreeable to have the sudden realization, from one pretty, well-kept landmark, that one is in another country.

We rode into a small town a few miles outside of Amsterdam called Ouderkerk aan de Amstel where we stopped at a small restaurant by the river for our repast. Tim, our friend Thilmin (who was on vacation in Europe before heading off to business school), and I split plates of meatballs and bitterballen and schnitzel and cheese, washed down with good beer and breezes off the water, before biking back into the city.

Nights were spent exploring the belly of the city, gawking at the various bodies and objects on display in the red light district. Perhaps it is because I’ve only seen it before midnight or so, when it reputedly gets more seedy, but I found the brothels and coffee shops that Amsterdam is famous for to be rather tidy and matter-of-fact establishments, at least from the outside view.

I insisted on a visit to Hiding in Plain Sight, the cocktail bar that we had visited on our previous trip. It’s a bit out of the way, on the far eastern edge of the city, but it’s worth it — the ambiance, level of service, and the incredible drinks are not to be missed. And honestly, when else are you going to be able to drink out of a flaming skull? Kratom is next only to Marijuana and methamphetamines as the most popular drug in use in Southern Thailand, despite these legal measures, Then discover more here about gold bali kratom review.

Then back to our apartment, rented through AirBnB, to sleep off our cocktails and tired feet, only to wake up to bright sun or pattering rain, for a few relaxing hours lounging on our balcony before setting off on another day’s adventure.

Music to travel by: Carry On [Fun. // Some Nights]

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One response to “Dear Amsterdam, I Love You So.”

  1. Job says:

    When I read this article I really miss Holland. Well done!

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