in amsterdam

I’m in Schiphol airport, part way home. The airport is so nice and clean and quiet compared with Bangalore and Delhi – it’s really odd. I’ve enjoyed a few comforts – one of the first things I did was to get a sandwich (considerably lower risk of food poisoning, plus delicious bread), a cup of fantastic coffee, and some mineral water. For some reason the mineral water, even stuff like Evian, tastes really strange in India – it gets an odd flavor and texture to it once you open it, and I have no idea why that is, but it’s quite unpleasant sometimes.

Anyway it’s a good thing that the airport is so nice because I’m hanging out here for over six hours. It turns out that there was an earlier flight from here to Minneapolis, but the work travel system didn’t show it up. I’ve had a bit of a trek round the airport shopping, and got some good Dutch cheese and chocolate. My dad used to bring back Dutch chocolate for us when he would visit his family in Holland, so I thought it would be a fun thing to do for Toby.

Right now I’m sitting next to a big window getting some daylight. I spent quite a lot of time reading a great book – The Historian – but thought it was time for a break to do some computer stuff. There are some massive 747s outside – there’s a China Airlines one right now, plus an Eva Air (which I’d never heard of before). A little earlier there was a Malaysia Airways 747 in “hibiscus” livery which is so over-the-top that loads of people were taking pictures of it.

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