| June 5, 2015

So. I’m in Amsterdam.

I’m also going to turn 40 this year
without ever having tried pot.

I wrote that last night; it no longer applies.

Amsterdam space cake

Space cake

The result: some serious giggles.

It had been a half-goal to do this, but I had no plan. It did not help that my husband, still a US government employee, could not be involved in the acquisition process.

I wandered into a bar with a menu of the sort of recreation I sought. Unfortunately, I saw no baked goods except in one little snack section. I was too embarrassed to ask if the little cake on the menu had pot in it. I just bought one, which turned out to be a prepackaged slice of cake not containing anything I wanted. Well, except sugar. I like sugar.

I walked into another bar, which was considerably less crowded. There, I asked if they sold brownies. The bartender pointed out the space cakes, and I ordered one. While she was getting it for me, I confided in the bartender and 2 women sitting at the bar, that it was my first time.

One woman: “First time??!!”
Me: “yeah…”
Same woman: “and you’re gonna start with a space cake? I don’t recommend it.”
Me: “I don’t like smoke.”
Woman, nodding: “ohhhhh…yeah…”
Bartender, looking me up and down, traces a small square in the bottom corner of the cake and says, “Just eat this. Only this. And wait an hour.”

After I’d been nibbling like a mouse for a good hour and a half, we found ourselves seated at the hotel restaurant, where my 8-year-old became hilarious to me. I mean, she’s entertaining on a regular basis, but not so funny that I can’t stop laughing. Last night I could not stop laughing. This gave her the giggles, so the two of us just sat cracking up. Paul began to wonder if I’d given her my cake.

Conclusion: It was pretty chill. Today I’m going to try a lollipop.  In the name of science.


Category: Europe, In Germany A Broad blog, the Netherlands, Travel, Uncategorized

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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