Item description for Joe Pauker's Get Lost! the Cool Guide to Amsterdam (Get Lost: The Cool Guide to Amsterdam) by Joe Pauker...
Outline ReviewJoe Pauker, who refers to himself as "a goof," has compiled what is perhaps the funniest, most original guide available to the city of Amsterdam. Get Lost! The Cool Guide to Amsterdam, which is clearly not aimed at mainstream travelers, will take you to the places that standard guidebooks don't bother to cover (at least not in any detail): sex shows, hemp and 'shroom shops, and places where you can get free samples of cheese when you're too low on cash to buy food. Pauker's not shy about sharing his opinions, either. On taxis: "They're expensive, and they treat cyclists like shit, but if you really need one ... [they're] very comfortable." On banks and developers who would evict squatters: they're "conservative pigs who care more about money than people." And on cannabis: "nederwiet (Dutch grown weed, such as Northern Lights) is spectacular."
Off-the-wall humor and opinions aside, you get the feeling that Pauker really knows Amsterdam and wouldn't give you bum advice. Hotels and hostels (including the comfortable couches at Schiphol Airport), restaurants, attractions, and shopping are all covered in some detail, and obvious care was taken in selecting those establishments hip enough (and cheap enough) to make it into the book. If you're the kind of traveler who might need the Dutch translation of "stoned as a shrimp," or if you simply appreciate a fresh perspective and directions away from the trampled path, let Pauker be your guide to the "coolest, most happening city in Europe."
Product Description Joe Pauker is back! This 10th edition of his Cool Guide sizzles with new and exciting things to do in Amsterdam. Opinionated, but never irreverent, Get Lost! remains the only guide to cover Amsterdam's underground culture accurately and extensively, leading travellers to the cheapest, funkiest and most delicious spots in town: inexpensive organic restaurants, the coolest bars and clubs, an incredible array of alternative museums, mind-expanding cafes, one-of-a-kind shops, and, of course, the kinkiest corners of the Red Light District. Readers trust The Cool Guide for practical information, and for the lowdown on more obscure topics such as local pirate radio, and the squat scene. As always, it's printed on eco-friendly recycled paper with vegetable-based inks. With Joe Pauker's legendary guide, every traveler has a cool friend in Amsterdam.
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Studio: Get Lost Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.95" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2006
Publisher Get Lost Publishing
ISBN 9076499055 ISBN13 9789076499055
Reviews - What do customers think about Joe Pauker's Get Lost! the Cool Guide to Amsterdam (Get Lost: The Cool Guide to Amsterdam)?
Terrific Book Jul 14, 2008
I am going to Amsterdam for 3 weeks next month. First time. I have read several other guidebooks but I have to admit, I really felt that I was getting the "inside scoop" with this book. It can be a little crass, but it's quite well written and pretty funny at times. Mostly, I felt I got a lot of good information from it. I was afraid it would all be about pot smoking, but it wasn't ay all. The "cheap eats" were worth the price of admission alone.
I highly recommend this book!
Quirky and Informative Mar 26, 2008
This guide was very helpful containing not so usual info about the usual sights, as well as having a good readability. Not like other strict guides, that seem written by computers, this guide offers opinions that allow the reader to make better decisions about what to see and how to see so much of the city - it's like having a freind along to guide you.
Great Book for It's Purpose Feb 8, 2008
This is a great supplemental book for Amsterdam if you are looking for off the beaten track places. I know that my partner and I will use this book well when we go to Amsterdam.
Well organized and not cluttered Dec 27, 2007
A great guide for finding your way around Amsterdam. Unlike other guides, the descriptions and information are very opinionated and to the point--don't expect 12 page picture tours of museums. There is a decent section on "coffee houses" (High Times recommends Barney's), but very little attention is given to the oldest profession. Pauker does recommend some escort services that don't exploit women (for the socially conscious individual) and a few voyeuristic experiences such as live intercourse. And although this guide may be geared toward the college student or other individuals with similar tastes, the suggestions for breakfast, late night snacks, quick eats, shopping, and hanging-out in general will benefit even the most conservative traveler (though she'll probably be annoyed by the author's naive understanding of economics). Definitely worth the $10, though I recommend that you accompany this book with a mainstream detailed supplementary guide such as Frommer's, which also comes with a good map.
Amusing Guide to an Amusing City Jul 31, 2007
This book is a great guide to Amsterdam! We've been twice, and took an older version the first time. We bought the updated version for our trip there in July, 2007. This book is written with a sense of humor that is refreshing when you're on vacation. There are tons of different sections that list everything from where to buy groceries, do laundry, and rent a room to some of the seedier things that Amsterdam has to offer. We didn't get another guide book, and didn't feel we needed one. This is a great reference that gives you everything you need to have a great time in a great city!