Time warped and shooting through the air at 600mph

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End May 25, 2010

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Flag of Netherlands  , Noord-Holland,
Sunday, May 9, 2010

I`m not sure how to structure this in terms of time, but up until 8am sunday morning I was going by GMT lol. So back to the connecting flight from schiphol. Bought some incredibly overpriced sushi from the airport (not worth bothering with at all with hindsight as I`m currently writing this from Japan), but at least now I can have the proper stuff. Anyway, flight was a tiny bit delayed setting off (but because I`d heard those ash cloud whisperings earlier I was just glad we did leave), and the crew were lovely and friendly and very very dutch. I was by the window and the seat between me and the other woman on my row was actually empty so not bad at all really. In fact, this woman becomes one of my first proper Japanese friends, but more on that a bit later. Couldn`t concentrate on the on flight films or TV (loads and loads of really good new stuff though like a single man and where the wild things are), but ended up listening to radiohead on a loop for about 2 hours. i never get tired of in rainbows though ;) food just kept coming and coming, and it was mostly yummy japanese bento type things. I got chatting with the woman next to me, her name was kayoko and we talked for ages about all sorts of stuff; she was really good at helping me out with my japanese, which needed help. I was starting to get a feeling that would become very familiar: gaijin syndrome. I know i can`t help the way i look but honestly everywhere I go everyone is giving me a look that is either deeply suspicious or as if they`ve just seen elvis presley, princess diana and hitler holding hands and skipping down the street singing we wish you a merry christmas. or something to that effect anyway. blame the jetlag. Couldn`t get more than an hours sleep on the plane at best, and as I`m writing on sunday night i still haven`t got my head down. Tomorrow should be interesting.
Back to the flight; night came and went, although it didn`t really, and things got a bit turbulent occasionally but it just seemed like time stood still and i could have been in that cabin for an hour, 2 weeks, anything. When morning did officially come and japan came into sight i admit i did get a bit emotional but it really is so incredible here. 3 of the stewardesses had served 5 years with KLM and this was their last flight! so i felt kind of honoured by that as they couldn`t have been better at their jobs. I shall go on to the other post now because that covers the japan side of things :) innabit xxxx
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