Trip Start Feb 21, 2010
21Trip End Apr 18, 2010
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The seven hour flight went by pretty fast although I didn't get a wink of sleep. The large Ghanaian man in front of me had reclined his seat so far back that he was practically snoozing on my lap
We arrived at 5:45 am and I got through immigration and onto the platform just in time for the train that took me to Amsterdam Central. The train takes about 20 minutes and when I arrived the station was really quiet. I started walking and ended up covering a lot of ground in a virtually empty Amsterdam. Except for the red light district, which I didn't find out that I walked through until after when I got a map and took a look at, there were only a handful of people walking around. As the sun rose, it got busier and by about 9 am the bikes were in full force as people made their way to work. The women looked so fashionable in their tights and knee high boots and the men wore tight fitting suits and looked like models
I was able to grab the 11:15 am train back to the airport and made my way to the gate easily. The flight from Amsterdam to Toronto was another 7 hours and I slept about 5 hours of it. I probably ate during the remaining 2 hours as KLM constantly feeds you on their flights. We had three meals, two snacks and probably 5 opportunities to get a drink. The poor KLM workers have to wear skin tight, bright blue outfits that look old fashioned and uncomfortable.
My bags were the first to arrive on the belt and I got through customs in no time. I was a bit worried because I was attempting to sneak in avocados from Paul & Laura's tree and was worried that I would get caught. I am such a loser that I had made up this huge story about how they got into my bag just in case my bags were inspected and the avocados were found! When a drug sniffing dog walked by I froze wondering if he specialized in illegal fruit and veggies as well but to my luck he didn't.
I was welcomed back to Canada by my good friend Isabelle and her beautiful 5 month old daughter Stella who is precious. Just us girls will hang out for a few days and then the boys will join us on the weekend.
It's good to be back in Canada, the air smells so good here!