Amsterdam, October 1998, day number four of the vacation. I am 32, with my
friend in his 40's. He and I had some business to attend to, and decided to take
a trip within our "Trip". Anyway, for those who don't know, Amsterdam
does have "Smart Shops", which handle all types of
"Hallucinagenic" soft drugs. These shops are entirely legal there,
with a pretty good guarantee that what you buy, will be good.
The shrooms are sold in 4 catagories, with the
1st catagory for low level trips, and the 4th catagory high level trips. Each
catagory comes complete with an explanation of "What to Expect",
including trip time and relative "Emotions" to expect. This was my
first trip, but since I have a high pot tolerance, we figured lets go with the
2nd catagory (He has tripped before).. The explanation sheet promised to be a
"Laughy" trip, with bright lights, sharper sounds, and mild
halucinations, lasting between 5 and 6 hours.
Since it was early evening, we were both starving, and
decided on Chinese food. After placing our orders, and finishing off our first
drinks (Pepsi), we each took one of the 2-small brown paper "Candy"
bags, both with pre-measured (2 grams each) doses, and chowed them down. Since
the shrooms were dried, they didn't taste all that bad. On the other hand, the
stems did stick in between my teeth at first. Since he had tripped many times
before, my friend expected the effects to start in about an hour.
The food came about 20 minutes
after our "Shroom Orderves". Spicy shrimp, mmmmmm good! We each
started into our meals, when he looked up and said "Hey, I think it's
starting!" He sounded as if in diss-beliefe, because of the short time
since injestion. With that, he got up and headed for the bathroom. While he was
gone, my own trip started to kick in. The lights started to seem
"Brighter", like in short bright spurts. It didn't take me long to
realize that there was NO way we were going to finish our food. So, with that, I
had the waiter box it up for us.
My friend returned from
the bathroom. With one glance, we both knew each other was starting the trip. We
paid our bill, grabbed the "Doggy Boxes", and headed for the hotel.
Most people walk in Amsterdam.
So we started walking back to the hotel (LeidSplein Area). By now, over 45
minutes had passed since injestion, and I was definately feelling more intese.
The entire sky seemed to brighten up, even though it was dark out. All
artificial lights seemed to be "Warm" and "Beaming" . The
NEON lights, seemed to take on shapes of their own, with straight neon peices
looking like they were on an "Infinit" line. The voices of the people
walking past us, seemed to be "Jarbled Up". Even though I didn't
understand the Dutch language, the words still seem to be "Off".
We made it back to the hotel, and
I went straight for my bed. On my back, i focused on the 16 foot ceiling. It
seemed like a cathedral to me. In the center of the ceiling was a simple, round
light. The wall paper was of vertical lines, all the way from floor to ceiling.
Since injesting the shrooms, i would periodically analyze how i felt. By now, we
were well into the trip, and I was physically feelling fine. No upset stomach,
no fear of what may follow. Simply enjoying the scene within the room.
My friend, on the other hand, was
kind of concerned. He said "If we are tripping like this already, we've got
another 3-4 hours to go!!! I was concerned, but did not think about it to much.
I just sat back and watched as the vertical wall paper lines flowed too and
frow. I could understand what my friend was saying when he talked, but it was
like his words did not fit right, not making sense together. After a good 30
minutes of this, we both started
laughing for no
reason. The hotel room was interesting, but we both decided to head out back
into the world.
The walk back
to where the action and lights were (LeidSplein), proved to be entertaining. The
brisk air seemed to wake me up a bit. Not that I was tired, just felt more
alive. I can remember being very concerned with the trafic, including the
"Tracked Trollies" and bicycles speeding by. Yet, it was as though I
was part of a system, and just went with the flow. Occassionally, I would have a
person in my direct path to deal with. Each time I looked up at someone, I would
crack a "Shit Eating" grin, and start giggling. My friend was having
the same experience.
destination was the main "Bull-Dog" coffee shop. We grabbed a table
outside, right up front, and sank down on the "Cold" steal seats. From
that point on, we just sat and watched the world go by. The atmosphere was
fantastic. Of course it didn't hurt to have all those Dutch girls walking by.
Even off shrooms, the vote is in that Amsterdam has the Hottest looking women in
I did notice that both of us had NO
appetite what so ever.
We barely touched our Chinese
food, and were still basically running on empty stumachs. My friend did not
loose his taste for beer, and was able to chug down quite a few, without
feelling drunk. I stuck to drinking coffee, and had no desire for a beer. Within
the 3 hour mark, I did end up twisting up a "Bob Marley" size joint,
with White Widow bud. I was able to catch a high, but still felt the trip. As
the trip headed down, i found i smoked more pot. And, well, I did have a few
strips of Afgani Hash to go along with the buds.
Slowly, the trip seemed to start to trail off. It was
comming and going in sessions. As the shrooms wore off, I found myself feelling
straight, but still would get stuck on looking at a straight neon light off and
The moral of this story is
... to feel the effects of your shroom trip quicker, eat them on an empty
stomach. We validated this theory with next trip a few days later. That time we
ate them well after dinner. The effects seem to take much longer, and were not
Our final trip was
a few weeks later. Yes, I was able to bring some home! Once again, we ate them
on an empty stomach. This time, we had the 3rd catagory type. Talk about
halucinations!! That's another trip.....
If it's your first time, do it with an experienced user,
and someone you can trust to not let you wander off. Not that you will wonder
off, but just in case!! And always eat some for me....The Amsterdam Connection.