Tuesday, October 04, 2005



The Netherlands
Part 1/2
Travel Journal Entry September 4, 2005
10 hours and 35 minutes later, I found myself in the Amsterdam Airport Schipol...there I was with my carry-on luggage, a big hemp pack bag, and a small purse...got through the passport checkpoint without delay...
Walked my way passed the baggage claim area with the thought of searching for a money exchange area...ABN-MRO...this is my kind of bank...$100.00 dollars later, I have 76.00 Euros in my hands...I will never do this again, but this will get me through some of the expenses through my first few days of the two weeks of my stay here...hey, it is a business trip...pretty much almost all my food and lodging expenses are paid for...
As I passed through another checkpoint and through the gate lined up with people holding up signs on who they were supposed to pick up or give a ride, I veered my gaze on the left hand side of the crowd...there he was...James Jones...a true British gentleman all the way...he directed me towards two women standing in a corner...two older women wearing lilac-colored shirts...this is a true AcroMetrix color (our company color)...they are James' mother and aunt...what a way to be greeted by this two energetic and funny group of people...right there and then I knew for sure that my stay here will be worth the work I need to accomplish and the pleasure that awaits me...this place is beckoning me...
James brought me to my hotel only to know that my room was not ready yet...so, I left my luggages behind the concierge desk and went with James and his mom and aunt to the beach...it was such a beautiful, warm, and sunny day on this 4th of September...I walked on the beach...the white sand was warm to the touch of my feet...surely, this is the best foot exfoliant ever...
The first picture I took was a sign on our way to the beach that says "LET OP! voorrang gewijzigd"...still have not tried to see what this meant, but I will...as with any other Dutch word I wanted to learn and speak...after a short walk at the beach, we had a late lunch...that was very delightful...much more pleasing to the pallate than all the food that were served on the plane...