Local Heart, Global Soul

September 7, 2010

Slip into this side pocket and let me take you to the aiport…

Filed under: THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So much for the surprise… I ruined it by being sick on the way home, but now the tummy bug is gone and I’m concentrating on getting my travel photos into shape pronto.

It’s been a bit of a general body shock for all of us coming back to the Netherlands (Tummy bug not withstanding) because it was 36 C during the day in Portugal and 25 C at night and we landed back home to a chilly, windy daytime 16 degrees C.

The shock was not lessened by our neighbours chirpy quip that “ Lucky you didn’t come back a week ago, it was cold then and it’s warmed up just yesterday. good hey?”  Warmed up?  Ack, what a difference two and a half thousand kilometers makes!(especially in North /South directions).

What impressed me more was the Himself had had the foresight to pack the pull-overs that had been totally unused in Portugal on the very top of the main suitcase so we didn’t need to scatter half the contents of the bags onto the airport floor to haul them out and get them on. Very good thinking indeed my Sweet.

If you haven’t deduced by now, Himself and I are lovers of warm to hot, preferably dry, climates. You can keep your snow, unless it arrives at our home on a postcard.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So,  Family Kiwidutch escaped to beautiful Portugal in mid August 2010,  grab your toothbrush and come and hitch a ride….

First we have a night flight, so I start work very early in the morning, come home, have a half hour rest, then freshen up, sling my toothbrush into the otherwise packed bag and we drive with our neighbour to the Schipol Airport. We have some fantastic neighbours who drive but don’t own a car.

For the last 10 years that Himself and I have owned a car we have come to a fabulous arrangement, No matter the day or night, or the weather, one of these neighbours drops us off and picks us up from the airport. In return, they get the use of our car the whole time we are away.

They are careful drivers and they use the opportunity to visit friends in places harder to get to by public transport, make day trips, or short overnight ones to Germany… or lug home stuff for DIY projects  that would be difficult on their bicycles, (although if they need to do that at other times they sometimes just borrow the car for an afternoon too) and they generally appreciate  the use of it without the hassle and expense of having to hire a car at different times during the year.

They also look after the house and it’s an arrangement that works brilliantly for all parties, since emerging from an airport, tired, jet-lagged ,shunting luggage and carrying sleeping children on our shoulder is an art form that I’d really prefer not to master.

Yes, yes,  Dutch trains are very efficient, but it’s the connecting and getting the bags on board and off again and then onto a tram and then the walk home from the tram…and the extra time involved that we can just do without. Plus we get driven home, door to door, brilliant when the jet-lag is heavy and you really just want to sleep.

So… as dusk falls we tumble out of the car at Schipol. They are constantly tearing down old parts of the airport to make way for the new, so the view changes with every visit…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Little Mr. delights on excitedly screeching ” Plane!!!!” when he sees one, (funny how you always do at airports?) and I bend his brain by telling him that the winner of the game is the first one to see a boat. That kept him busy for a full five minutes the first time I pulled it ( but he was then four), now that he is a Grown up Five, he’s got wise and quickly said ” Silly, Mama,  there are no boats!”  but I noticed him not so furtively looking around for some anyway.

Birds are swarming in the air in arching flocks and then neatly divided and settled on these tall light standards .. sleeping or plane spotting like me?…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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