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1. Posted by striker020 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

hello, i am an 18yr old male.

i am taking a trip out to amsterdam or someplace within reach of amsterdam, i hate to say it, but specifically to see what its like, and get my hands on some really good herb for good prices.

now, i also have other questions for my trip there:

1. What is the legal drinking age in amsterdam? if over 18, will anyone even care if i buy a beer or sumtin?

2. Driving laws: I have a suspended license in Ca, USA. how easy is it to obtain a license over there for just a 1 weeks stay? i dont want to be on foot ya know.

3. What are VERY common DONTS when visiting amsterdam? i mean, dont smoke in public, dont do this dont do that. (things that might be misconstrued as innocent, and practical, but nonetheless illegal.)

4. What is the legal age to obtain the governments acknowledgment for you to be considered an "adult"?

anything else i should know about? as MUCH advice as possible will be lovely. thanks fellas.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

2. Driving laws: I have a suspended license in Ca, USA. how easy is it to obtain a license over there for just a 1 weeks stay? i dont want to be on foot ya know.

Yes, you do. Or more accurately, you absolutely don't want to be driving a car in Amsterdam. It's a maze of one-way streets, pedestrians and the tens of thousands of bicycles always have right of way (even when they don't), and parking is hell. In the entire country you won't find anyone in their right mind ever even thinking about driving into Amsterdam.
But Amsterdam is a very walkable city, and where it isn't, public transport is excellent, or you could rent a bike or even take a (bike)-taxi.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 7, 2007, at 6:28 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Hiya, the legal drinkin age is 18, and it is also 18 for buying weed. BUT they are very strict as any coffee shop will lose its licence FOR LIFE if it is ever caught just the one time selling to under 18's so i would strongly recommend having id on u at all times.
There is a new law that came into place last april i think whereas you now cannot buy alcohol and weed in the same place. so there are no bars that sell weed any more and vice versa with coffee shops. BUT there are certain bars that let you smoke in them, these are mainly based around red light district and leidseplein, but always ask before smoking in one of these bars as not all of them allow it. U r not allowed to smoke in public, but in parks it is generally ok. just be discreet and no one should mind.

Other donts are: never take pics of girls in red light district, u will get water thrown at you at best or camera taken off u and a bit of a slap at worst. The girls are making a living so respect them as you would anyone else that is workin a legal job ( as it is legal in amsterdam to work in prostitution)

Dont buy drugs off people in street (this is an obvious one), as it usually isn't drugs anyway.

Dont get really drunk and noisy as this really doesnt go down very well, the dutch are really friendly people with a great sense of humour but even I, as a brit, cringe at the way a lot of the english behave in amsterdam.

Amsterdam is generally a very safe place, pick pocketting you may come across though so just be aware when you are walking round touristy places (like red light district).

Any other questions just ask, enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

"i hate to say it, but specifically to see what its like, and get my hands on some really good herb for good prices."

There is so much more to Amsterdam than what seems to be the main purpose for your visit; coffeeshops and beer. And driving in Amsterdam is about as easy as skiing backwards.

Use a search engine (Google?) and read up about The Netherlands and specifically Amsterdam and maybe the close by cities of The Hague or Utrecht. van Gogh and Rembrandt might also interest you. I am merely offering some suggestions to make your visit more memorable. Be a traveler with knowledge. It's more fun than being just a tourist.

jac

5. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

2. Driving laws: I have a suspended license in Ca, USA. how easy is it to obtain a license over there for just a 1 weeks stay? i dont want to be on foot ya know.

1. 18

2. If your license is suspended, that means you can't drive anywhere and that includes other countries. Don't try to drive anyway, because if they catch you doing that, it will not be handled, with just a ticket, but you risk being jailed. Like other people, already told you, for Amsterdam you don't need a car. It's a compact city, and the costs of parking are huge.

3. Just behave, like do at home.

4. 18

6. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 9y

and one other reason why you don't want to get so drunk that you don't know what you're doing anymore.. each year a lot of tourists fall into the canals... just because they don't realise the street ends and the water begins there..

and cycle or walk or go by public transport.. don't hire a care esp because of your licence problem!!
and if you're coming from the airport take the train to amsterdam, the railroad station is just below the airport and much cheaper and easier.

and don't be rude to the police.. although amsterdam is rather tolerant don't test them...

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

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3. Just behave, like do at home.

hehe, you don't know how he behaves at home though!!!!

8. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting Herr Bert

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3. Just behave, like do at home.

hehe, you don't know how he behaves at home though!!!!

According to his questions, he wants to go to Amsterdam, and do all the stuff he can't do at home. So I think he's quite the little Angel at home (I only wonder, what you have to do, to have you license suspended ...)

9. Posted by itchyfeet9 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

lol yea ur gonna need ID, i went in April this yr and needed ID everywhere...umm it wasn't really the done thing to smoke just on the street either, just find a coffee shop, they are everywhere, and u will be find in there and as the other suggested, i wouldnt even think about driving over there! x

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting Herr Bert

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3. Just behave, like do at home.

hehe, you don't know how he behaves at home though!!!!

According to his questions, he wants to go to Amsterdam, and do all the stuff he can't do at home. So I think he's quite the little Angel at home (I only wonder, what you have to do, to have you license suspended ...)


Are u two trying to impersonate his parents?