I PROPERLY ADORE the Netherlands! My beloved soulmate Phteven is half Dutch. He seems to have held onto some of the quirks and characteristics that seem to be aligned with this colourful culture. His humour is pretty similar to the standard humour around here it seems. Intelligent, but plenty crass, with a liberal seasoning of shock value.
Where do I begin… Germany was lovely. I am so grateful that I got to attend the Tech show that I went to Berlin to be a part of, but I must say, German culture is a bit too fucking precise for this hot mess of a Hobbit.
As soon as I stepped onto the KLM flight, populated with many MANY Dutch people, I felt more at ease. The flight crew were warm, friendly and gorgeous on so many levels. They smiled, joked, flirted a little bit even (with everyone, not just me!).
And then I arrived at my hotel and had a perfect check in. Everyone speaks impeccable english here.
After dropping off my gear I headed into town to just be a tourist. The coffee houses (hash bars) and bars and restaurants had super stoned tourists pouring out of them everywhere I went. The locals rode around on bikes and smiled and laughed together.
It all felt like I went through some sort of joyful vortex and escaped the dull and stuffy seriousness of Germany to be delivered to a much more Dee-friendly universe.
I met up with our friend Anne who is a rockstar in the EV and conversion game. He and two of his old friends had to tow a large electric truck through the narrow streets of Amsterdam to his shop as he will be kitting it out and pimping it out to the max. The large vehicle is destined to be the Netherland’s first FULLY electric food truck. I’ll be spamming all y’all with news of that journey as it happens.
We got to chat at length about how SERIOUSLY FUCKING LUCKY we both feel to be working in Green Tech and emerging technologies. We get to hang out all day, every day, with SUPER smart, gloriously geeky, sincerely connected humans. Thanks to technology, we have found each other. Eccentric early adopters are able to meet up online and IRL and just shoot the shit about how awesome life is and how fabulous breakthroughs in Electric Vehicle, energy, and battery storage technology are! Everyday is like Christmas morning for me working alongside these people, and he feels jus the same way.
The Dutch seem a passionate and fun-loving bunch in general. All the guys that helped move the ducktruck.nl from point A to point B have families who they are very proud of and take great pains to maintain a good work/life balance. Big respect for them and their stories. And seeing them talk about their wives and kids was pretty magic. It did, of course make me miss Grumpy!
I do not know how two crazy different kids like him and I ever managed to run into each other at just the exact correct moment, but I am forever grateful that we did. He’d suck without me, as I would if he were not by my side and sincerely invested in my happiness. Yay for Love. It is a very VERY good thing.
So where was I?
After celebrating getting the truck safely to its destination, I asked if I might try some of Amsterdam’s world famous marijuana. And I did. And I couldn’t feel my face. And it was awesome and I don’t want to do it again in a hurry!
I made it home at a somewhat respectable midnight-ish. I was invited by the cab driver to go and smoke some more hash, to which I very firmly responded: “HELL NO!”
The ride from the bar to the airport where my hotel is seemed to take a million years. It was super strange. Figured it was pretty safe to give it a spin in this beautifully tolerant city. I won’t be making partaking a regular event however. I have enough vices, no need to add to the mix.
So here I am on day 2 in this fabulous city. I’d better finish my lunch and head out so I can see a few things before it is time for dinner.
Thanks for reading.