So it seems marijuana is tolerated in The Netherlands. You can find it basically anywhere not farther than 50 m away, but its legal status is still not certain. Coffee shops need licenses to sell it and they can only have up to 500 grams available in the bar, which they consider hardly sufficient for any real commercial use. So obviously they have more.
Smart-shops sell mushrooms and different seeds for personal growth, although growing is illegal. There are times when authorities raid growers and they’re easily spotted in winter, when the snow on the roof above the room that stuff is growing in starts melting around the heated area. But generally no major busts are made.
A bigger problem surrounding the issue is the economical aspect of it. A smart-shop seller explains that as growing is not legal, but selling is, whenever a large purchase is being made (by the resellers, from the growers), white money turns into black money on the market.
Prices for weed vary from 2.5 to up to 10 euros, depending on the size of the joint and there are also mushroom cookies and cakes that are relatively in the same price range.
Alrighty, so Utrecht is a small and nice city south from Amsterdam, somewhere really close to it. I’ve also visited Amsterdam on Queen’s night. There were big parties in mostly every square of the city and all you needed to do was basically follow the Orange to get anywhere fun.
I’ll be leaving towards Bruxelles today and, in a couple of days, I’ll be making my way to Calais (where I have a nice host prepared). Then I’ll cross the canal to the UK.
My hosts in Utrecht, Mihaela and Lucian.
This be the bong-master and his kingdom. You can find his shop somewhere half way walking aside the central canal in Utrecht. It’s the best in the city.
Utrecht by day.
Amsterdam by night.
After UK, I might be trying to head towards Romania visiting along the way, to see my parents that are freaking out and solve some other affairs I have in the country. Might be crossing Vienna this time, as planned on my way here, where I got this guy Gregor working for a community TV station that wants to do a story on my trip. If I can find him. And Mădălina Mocanu of City News online newspaper wrote one article on it back in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A reader, Solomom Gabi, started an online comic strip on my travel.
Missed thing of the day: watching a movie.