And so the event I traveled 5000 miles (8000 kilometers) to attend, finally arrived... BITCHSTERDAM 2! As expected, it was well-worth the trip, and everybody had an awesome time. Just another reminder why I love blogger meet-ups so much!
As it was a beautiful day in the Netherlands, we decided to head into Amsterdam early and play tourist (even though The DutchBitch is a native and Lady Penelope and I have been here many times). It's such a beautiful city with so many things to do, that it would be a crime not to spend some time exploring. Eventually decided on a canal boat tour...
Since the Lady Penelope had never been to the Red Light District, we wandered through the neighborhood for a while. I've only ever seen it at night, and it was an entirely different experience in the daytime...
Along the canal in the Red Light District is actually quite beautiful in the daylight, as all the seedier elements are not so noticeable...
Throughout the Netherlands everybody has World Cup fever. It's a bit difficult to explain to Americans, except to equate it to the Super Bowl (if the Super Bowl took place once every four years and the entire world was competing for a spot to play in it)...
England was expected to wipe the floor with the USA in today's match, and the English were having a big laugh at the anticipated beating they were most certainly going to dish out to us. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned, and the Americans managed to hold England to a tie game of 1-1. Many tears of agony were shed in Blighty, I'm sure. A really good recap to explain it all is over at the BBC.
After goofing about Amsterdam for a few hours, we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe early so we could have a few drinks while waiting for Bitchsterdam to ensue. The scenery at Max Euweplein was... interesting... to say the least...
I'll leave the Bitchsterdam recap and photos to DutchBitch but, suffice to say, we all had a lot of fun. Many Euros were spent to make sure of it...
A big shout-out to Blogography reader Erik who was kind enough to come over and say "hello." He was sitting at the next table with his friends, and somehow managed to recognize me in my drunken state!
After Bitchsterdam had ended, we were walking back to the car park when we saw a drunken barefoot man kicking his shoe across the street. A motorcycle police officer was keeping a careful eye out, and went to question the man, who replied "What the fuck do you want?!?" Much to his credit, the police officer let the man go on his way... even when he shoved his shoe down the storm drain...
But then the drunk man decided to do some property damage by trying to tear out a street sign. This was something the the police officer could not ignore, and the result was obvious to everybody except the drunk guy...
Backup forces arrived in the form of two beautiful lady cops in a squad car, who were apparently signing autographs while the drunk guy got hauled off in a van...
Bravo to the Amsterdam Police, who were incredibly calm, cool, collected, and reserved in trying to keep everybody safe! And bravo to drunk guy for giving us some post-Bitchsterdam entertainment!
And bravo to DutchBitch for an awesome day!
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I love that you got a photo of the guy’s whale tail! But… wtf, not even a mention on the Bitchsterdam post? How am I ever going to get famous by association?! 😛
Well… as it was DutchBitch’s event, I didn’t want to take away from her recap. But I will add Bitchsterdam 2 to my EVENTS page, and you’ll be there!
Wow. Over-stimulation or what, eh? 😉
Thanks for sharing the photos.
You are welcome. I share because I’m sure people don’t have enough Dutch ass in their lives!
Some Americans actually understand how the World
Cup is a big deal — especially when one lives in an area in which the news folks are telling you what places will be showing it. This included big screens at SF Civic Center Plaza as well as AT&T Park. I know that my fave Irish pub in Berkeley will be open for all the games as I hung out there four years ago during the last World Cup.
But Americans who care about The World Cup are a very small minority… I sincerely doubt most Americans even know what it is. We’re all about American games like baseball and football, and there doesn’t seem there’s room for anything else.
Unless we were to win The World Cup… then Americans would care just enough to scream “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the rest of the world… 🙂
It was a real surprise to actually see an American celebrity in a Hard Rock Café. I’m glad you where drunk and not just vague.
Unlike other major American celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Vanna White… I like to “get real” and hang with my “non-celebrity friends” in public places like Hard Rock Cafes.
Though I may have been vaguely drunk and not aware I was there at all. It happens from time to time.
I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know there were canals in Amsterdam! I’d always heard it was a fun place to party but didn’t realize it’s actually quite a pretty place to explore during the day as well. Enjoy your trip…looking fwd to more pictures.
Dude! Canals are totally Amsterdam’s most famous feature!
Though I admit it’s sometimes difficult to notice things like that when you are getting drunk and stoned in the Red Light District.
Reading the comments here, I actually think Erik wins the thread! “…not just vague” is really a pretty cool line.
Yes. I do think he captured the very essence of my life with that one line.
Though such a lifestyle does have its drawbacks… I have a very difficult time evading the police, for example.
Love the drunk guy pics! That’s the greatest series of drunken stupidity I’ve seen in a long time. How great is that cop with his knee in that guys’ back. And two lady cops looking like they are posing for a magazine while the actions so far away – too funny! I can’t stop laughing.
If only I would have had the sense to shoot a video… it would have been twice as funny, I’m sure.
Though nothing can compare to being there. 🙂
Is it me or was the drunk dude wearing a thong? See, THAT’S what he should’ve been arrested for rather than the destruction of public property.
Also, I remember going to a sex show in Amsterdam once with a few friends out of curiosity. It was, without question, the single most awkward and unsexy undertaking that I’ve ever sat within mere feet of while drinking a free Red Stripe.
When I first went to the Red Light District, the reality of it all most definietely did NOT live up to what I had in my head. Some of the ladies in those windows are downright scary. To see them in any kind of sex act would traumatize me for life.
The real thing that was noticed by the police officer wasn’t the shoe kicking, but the interesting underwear of drunken barefoot man.
It’s a good thing that I left my pants on then… I have underwear just like that!
Well, not really… but I do think it would be a good look for me.
Drunk guy pics and the whole scene were quite humorous. So did you get your autograph from the lady cops? I know I would have.
Will have to read Dutchy’s recap to see more pics.
Sounds like an awesome time was had by one and all!
Sooo jealous – yes – even of the drunken idiot. 🙂
I hope you and DB washed your face/tongue after the money incident.
Oh! I forgot about the guy who disrobed to show off his Borat-style bathing suit (with added gun belt) and the bride! Thanks (I think) for the reminder! Thanks for documenting the arrest so that Pinky and I can live vicariously, since we missed that part!