We had 5 hrs to spend at Changi Airport so id a lot of walking in a huge terminal.Got talking to some Dutchies from Little River and met a bunch of Dutch cyclists who had biked the length of New Zealand .Loved the country and the people except for the truck drivers who seemed to think the road is theirs.
At the check in, our lethal weapon 12 cm pair of child's scissors was confiscated. Soon after we took off, we were served another yummy oriental meal, took a sleeping tablet & whiled away a good 5 hours in dreamworld. Waking to the stir of others around us, and waiting for a while after the aroma of breakfst floating about us, we were eventually served with another meal. To while away the time we watched the dawning of anoyther day. Along the way we spotted many wee villages and town throughout Russia, Ukraine, and into eastern Europe.
Anyway, not a bad choice - Chicken & mushroom in oriental sauce on noodles, with poached egg, yoghurt and muffin and more, just too much of a good thing. Why write constantly on food? Well, what else is there to do on a plane.
Landing at Schiphol, the last out of the plane, because of the lady on the isle seat was going out by wheel chair.
A long queue at pasport control, especially for non EU pass holders, we eventually got through. At the carousal we were met by 3 very pleasant uniformed ladies who handed Maria her "lethal weapon, that wee scissors.
Put all our luggage on a trolley, or so we thought, we proceeded out to meet up with the waving Oldhuises for a pleasant reunion.
First things first and in Holland that means coffee at Starbucks. Medium American mugs are huge by our standards.
When we got to the top of the travelator to the parking building Maria found her cabin bag missing so back to Starbucks but no luck. Our Aussi cabin compaion was there though and shouted a gidday. When someone suggested we go to the info desk we did exactly that, where we were pleasantly surprised to find it would be there presently as staff whom we had talked to at the carousel had discovered it was ours,Great stuff.
Drove to Soest in heavy traffic which is an everday fact in this part of the country. Once away from the city it was though green fields and tree lined roads right to the Othuisen house, where we were taken up to refresh ourselves before being ffvered another coffee, Dutch-style, with condensed milk. After the usual Dutch lunch of open sandwiches preceeded by a yummy crayfish soup, we were driven around the local villages, Jan giving a running commentary on the past and present places. Our first stop was at the heath fiels, where we wandered through the purple blooms. On the way back to the car we came across a large eatery, La Place. Making use of thecoupons in Froukje's handbag, we were served a cappoccina
and a generous slive of apple tart topped with nuts. what a way to start our holiday in Nederland with a delightful piece of ethnic tucker.
Here we are then. Had a great flight from Auckland even if we had to arise bright and early at 5.30 am. When we opened the back door our dear neighbours, Carol and Roy were already waiting at the car. No problems getting to the airport, in factt we were far too early. Had a pleasant flight from Auckland to Singapore, the food was yummy, to say the least. Now we're just passing time for 4 hours until our next flight to the Land of our birth.
Location: Tokoroa, New Zealand
Not too long to go now,just over two days,Got just about everything sorted out.Made copies of every ticket,our insurance document,our passport, etcStopped the mail and the Sunday paper.
Even got the veggie garden started.Put down lots of weedmat to stop the plants being swamped.Cut the lawn trimmed rhw hedge from now on the place will be under the eagle eye of our good neighbours Carol and Roy who are taking us to the airport early on Monday morning.
After Mass tonight Marguarite invited us to Albericos for a great pizza meal as a send off.
One problem is what to pack in the way of clothes.It may be cool in Northern Europe but the the south will still be nice though not too hot.
We purchased an Acer netbook a small laptop but it has plenty of grunt and with so much free wifi around it will be easy to update our log and check our email.
It even has Skype and as our four children have it ,it will be real easy to keep in touch with them.
Location: Tokoroa, New Zealand
Not long to go now.All the preparations are in place,tickets have been collected etc etc.