Hello, my friend! I arrived safe and sound in The Netherlands yesterday, but what an experience it was to get here! When you travel often enough, you are aware that sometimes things happen: planes are delayed, there are long lines for security, or you are asked to move seats, whatever….and then sometimes things go smoothly and just as planned. Well, yesterday (really we started the trip Thursday evening), we had a very LONG DAY when it came to getting to Holland.
Our original flight from Dallas to London was scheduled to leave at 10pm on Thursday, April 14th. My husband and I arrived at the airport a little earlier than usual due to the higher security levels at airports these days, so we checked in at 7pm, sat down for a margarita and some last minute Mexican food (we love Mexican food, and will be away from it for almost a month, so enjoying some quesadillas was put into our airport itinerary)….and we were all set to depart at 10pm. And then our flight was delayed. And then delayed again. There was a “maintenance issue”. Now, I am all for fixing maintenance issues on the ground before getting in the air, but a little communication goes a long way. The ticket agents were not saying what the issue was, or how long the plane would be delayed for. My husband and I had a connecting flight in London to get to Amsterdam, so we knew if we continued to be delayed there would be a risk of us missing our connecting flight. Well, there is not much you can do when your flight is delayed, so getting upset about it doesn’t ever make sense to me (plus, that is just not my personality….let it go…), but telling us that they weren’t even sure the plane we were waiting on would be operable for this flight, is never a good thing. We were ready to GO! Some people were getting very frustrated in the gate area. Again, chill out people!
Well, finally at 1:30am, we were off! Come to find out the “maintenance issue” had to do with the lighting on the plane, and well….they didn’t do a very good job fixing the issue. As we took off in the middle of the night, we had bright fluorescent lights shining directly down on us, and the little reading lights that you usually have an option of turning on or off, were on continuously! Not that I can usually sleep on planes all that great anyway, but feeling like you were being interrogated with the spotlights, REALLY made sure no sleep was to be had! My sweet husband however turned into a Dutch MacGyver, and he took his felt sunglasses case and put it around the reading light, so it blocked the brightness. Brilliant! We were finally on our way, and we had dimmed our own lights! (it’s the little things, my friend…) 😉
We arrive in London and we had missed our connection. No worries, we were put on the next available flight, and just hung out at Heathrow Airport for 2 hours. And then we were delayed. Again. The crew were delayed for our Amsterdam flight, so without them, we weren’t going anywhere. At this point, my husband and I had been awake for over 24 hours straight. We really just wanted to get “home” to Holland. Again, no point in getting upset, because what does that accomplish?
Finally, we arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam late Friday evening, and are now safe and sound, enjoying time with Erik’s father, who lives in Haarlem, just outside Amsterdam. (**Fun fact: Harlem, New York, is named after Haarlem, Holland….after all, it was the Dutch who originally founded Harlem in the USA…did you know that?…yes, my friend, not only am I here to share my deep feelings with you, I am also a wealth of knowledge….) 😉 Haha!
A few public service announcements for travelers:
~yelling at the bus driver about your plane being delayed is not helpful. As she stated, she only drives the bus and does not fly the plane, so yelling at her will do nothing other than make her want to not move the bus.
~security checkpoints are for EVERYONE. Yes sir, I realize you are probably a very nice and trustworthy person, but you still have to go through security like everyone else. (I can’t make this stuff up my friend…)
~when traveling, using deodorant is always a good choice.
~talking on your cell phone loudly on a very crowded bus is not ideal (whether traveling or not)
My list could go on and on, but these were the few that I just had to get off my chest….oh, the world of people, it is so interesting, isn’t it?!
So now my friend, I am ready to go on some European adventures! They will include Holland, Italy, Switzerland and England. I am so ready to take you with me! Are you ready?
Heading off in a bit to go see the tulip fields……LET’S GO!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friend!