High times baby

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
Trip End Nov 24, 2011

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

we are a bunch of traveling misfits...among other havoc we have caused along our trip, tim succeeded in irritating the local women today.  

we were enjoying the view out the front of our apartment of a cobbled street, canal filled with boats, and historic buildings across the way with seagulls sitting on the rooftops.  we pondered if the birds would notice if we threw some food out for them, so tim grabbed an old croissant and tossed a few pieces out the window to the street below.  within a few seconds about 25 seagulls were there fighting over the bread. a woman walking and talking on her cell phone looked up at us annoyed and stopped to wait for the birds to go away. then we heard a shriek from the other direction as a bicyclist approached the mob. we decided to back away from the window until the birds and disgruntled locals went their ways.

we did make it out to the cannabis cup expo today, taking a free shuttle bus from hotel victoria out to the event for a couple of hours, meeting miss high times from california on the way there.

Tracey's daughter's boyfriend recommended raw herring as a common dutch street food that i should try and lucky me finding a street vendor selling them while we explored the city today.  €3 bought me broodje haring, freshly boned raw herring served in a small white roll. i'm not a big fan of raw onion so i declined a spoonful when the vendor offered to add it to my sandwich.  i would include the picture of it but tim made the comment that it resembled male deer genitalia so i'll leave the image to the reader's imagination.   definitely an acquired taste, it was a little gooey with a strong salty sea flavor. it wasn't really good but not really bad either. can't imagine it would be good to eat one right before a hot date but maybe good late at night to fill your stomach after drinking.

we finally located a restaurant where we could get pea soup(erwtensoep), at restaurant de blauwe hollander in the leidseplein neighborhood. thick soup with pieces of sausage but not much flavor i think because they let the patron spice it up to their individual preferences. the waitress recommended we add dashes of de enige echte, a dutch seasoning similar to soy sauce.  it made a big difference, adding enough salty flavor to the soup to make it really good. bottle of wiecke witte beer, green salad, and dutch apple pie with vanilla ice cream completed our dinner.  however, i did save room for a waffle with cherries and whipped cream from one of the street vendors we passed on our walk back to the apartment.
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