Travel Blogs from Geldrop
The final day just needed a small 'push a little harder'. With the benefit of hindsight, I really don't know how I finished the walk last year. This time I had no blisters, none, zero, zilch, and apart from tired legs, no real pain. Last year I succeeded through the use of heavy duty pain-killers and sheer determination. It took two months to recover. This time I needed to take hardly any pharmaceutical encouragement.
Yes, I trudged the miles and felt ...
... corner as I walked past, but there was an excellent bubble machine someone had set up in the street. the walkers had to hike through a fairytale atmosphere to get to the finish line.
I pulled an early night and crashed before 9pm. The news showed that an aeroplane with a couple of hundred Dutch on board had been shot down over Ukranian airspace. The country was in shock.
... half the walk planning what I would make my teenage son wear next year if he gets a place. He missed out on a ticket this year as the walk was nearly 8000 people oversubscribed. I settled on shiny pink lycra cycle shorts and a bow tie.
The first ten miles went quickly and I chatted to some Canadian troops and then to some British Bobbys from the met. I had lost my flag before the start line, but I collected some Canadian flag pins to stick to my ...
... afterwards! So many reasons to come back to India again… Phir Melenge!
16th of December…I arrive in Amsterdam, on Dutch grounds yet again. A huge Xmas tree greeting me in the arrival hall and my friend Kristen is there to meet me. On our way to her home I get a welcome-to-your-home country-gift from the Oliebollenboer! Turns out I arrived just in time as the snow chaos started 2 days after with delays all over Europe. Although I am not spared totally: As ...
Ever since we arrived home in Nuenen early yesterday afternoon, I have been marvelling at how quiet it is here. There are no car horns beeping, no people shouting, no sirens wailing, no fireworks exploding, no celebratory gunfire cracking, etc, etc. In fact, there is nothing but the occasional timid sounds of birdcall and for some time this silence has been deafening. It is difficult to ignore. It is difficult to stop questioning whether my ears are perhaps blocked. It ...
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