Why must you always feel like home? You are the point of the tour where everyone breathes. You are where I know of the best laundry mats. And while your Argentine steak houses are redundant, we've been able to find that ONE where only locals go. The Italian restaurants know us by name. We have the nerve to have our favorite smoke shop.
What? A new one? Indeed. I'm there! Amnesia....is a jewel on the Herengracht. This uppity ass neighborhood where the walk ups are on fleek and everyone has all they damn windows open like I ain't supposed to look. High ceilings and moldings and shit. Think Montana Ave in Santa Monica. Not Beverly Hills uppity, but them heiphas ain't got no jobs neither. Which is probably why I found my NEW naked spa, Sauna Deco there. Because jobless heiphas can take baths in public.
Kiki Niesten - this eccentric woman who's collected clothing for over 30 years. She removes the label and sells the item at percentage of it's original cost. I can't wait to find a spot to wear this Botega dress. And the gloves...oh the gloves....they are truly too much.
Across from Miss Kiki's shop is a wonderful store Outras Coisas. This designer, David Simkanic, makes AMAZING leather goods. Then accents with towels, scarves, white plates...because I need more white plates. These black candle holders I bought are the absolute TRUTH...dear GAWD.
It's the kind of store that has nothing you need but EVERYTHING you want.
And finally, The Canal House a JEWEL mind you....23 room boutique hotel of a 17th century house or 3 put together. Rooms are good size. Not cheap, but absolutely lovely. Having the run of house there would be a bomb birthday party. Courtyard, whisky, naked spa and weed? What are we talking about here?
After leaving the Herengracht neighborhood we move a few blocks away...more boutiques, less uppity neighborhood called Jordaan.
Jordaan is where I found a cool spot, JD Williams Whisky Bar with a cooler Proprietor from San Francisco. I already told him I'm biting. Had nerve enough to go twice. Couldn't help it. They had Taco Tuesdays and Konge fried chicken bites. Come on now!
All in all, I love me some Amsterdam. 2 shows left. I'll be on US soil by Sunday. Praise Him!