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Pot and Prostitution – A Traveler’s Guide to Amsterdam

Posted August 31st, 2009
by Staff

I remember the first time I saw “Pulp Fiction” in the theater.  I was 17 years old and I was blown away. It was my first Quentin Tarantino experience.  The thing that I took away from it most of all was the conversational dialogue, most notably the “Amsterdam” conversation between John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.  I was floored.  “If you get stopped by a cop in Amsterdam, it’s illegal for them to search you… that’s a right the cops in Amsterdam don’t have.”  I couldn’t believe it.  Was it really true?  And hence, my love affair with Amsterdam was born.

Regretfully, 15 years later, I’ve still never been.  Now I have a kid and a mortgage so the window of opportunity for me to really experience the city has probably passed.  But my need to satisfy my curiosity with city has not.  I’ve done a fair bit of research and I’ve tried to differentiate the facts versus the fiction.  Most people who travel to Amsterdam want to know about 2 things, prostitution and pot.  So I now present to you a breakdown of what you can, and more importantly, what you can’t get away with when you travel to the city of legal sin.

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