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Escape from Amsterdam

7am and it's totally dark. I bet this is something to look forward to in Boston too. Wait, DST should end soon, that'd help.

I seem to have a whole wheat croissant. At any rate it's quite dark. Tasted good.

My thanks to lyceum for putting up with my tired whimpering messages from the taxi. Part of what she heard was my realization that Europe's lack of drinking fountains scuppers my habit of refilling bottles beyond security.

Freeway stretch here has lights that are extra orange. Weird look. I don't think the camera got it.

Anima reports a story description that starts "a human and gypsy fall in love".

20 minute taxi ride, very fast check-in. My sausage is disturbingly red for pork and moist for dry sausage, and had a piece of metal in it. Am abandoning. Weird meat I'd try out, but not weird meat with inappropriate contents.

There's a hotel inside the airport, Yotel. "Luxury cabins" from €35. I suspect very small.

OMG! My second water fountain in Europe! In the pre-security shops area. Not attached to the toilets or even a wall, but standing unexpectedly in the open like an aquatic TARDIS.

Security fast. Shoes stay on.

And once in the gate, or at least this gate, it's The American Zone. Water fountains by all bathrooms. Also, Dutch has completely vanished. The entrance to the airport was already biased: ENTRANCE and then the Dutch equivalent beneath in smaller letters. But here it's just gone. Damn, where's an elevator? I want to see if it's elevator or lift. EasyJet is British after all (I think. Sure not American.)

Nearly 8. Still dark.

The announcement, though, is in Dutch followed by English.

Online told be boarding would stop at 8:30. My ticket says "Boarding 8:30" which sounds more like a start. No gate assignment yet, just M.

Easyjet says one bag, and my big back finally got checked. But other people getting off have bag and purse, large purse in one case. Maybe I could have argued for my usual backpack + carryon. Though it is nice to not have to worry about big bag.

Wait! I just saw that the display says gates will be displayed 30 minutes before departure. Completely the opposite of what I thought!

Finally light, and full of low looming clouds.

Flight delayed! But now boarding. Or lining up for boarding. I'd paid for Speedy Boarding, and followed others fighting their way through the confusion onf lines. Then I got directed to my own line. I'm guessing it's Speedy + kids, Speedy, and everyone else.

Oh, and there is some Dutch still here, on monitors or signs.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
hhad a piece of metal in it.

now how are they going to track you if you tossed it away?
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
To make sure I understand this right -- you're flying back stateside, where we believe in Free Refills, public water fountains, and apparently staying hydrated?

(woo, welcome back!)
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
No no, I flew EasyJet from Amsterdam to Madrid, where I now am. But I hypothesize now that all airports are like little bits of America, with English and water fountains. Of course, my sample size is small and non-random.

Plans are in the air but one likely future is hiding out in Chile and returning to the US only around New Year's.
Oct. 26th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
all airports are like little bits of America

I can believe this.
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
new year's sounds like a nice symbolic time to come back :-)
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