Flying the Skies and Bridging Continents
Today I’m writing to you from a totally new time zone… woo-hoo! Surprisingly enough considering yesterdays long hours of traveling, I feel pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today. Phew! Airports are always such fascinating, neutral meeting grounds for all sorts of cultures and languages. Speaking of cultures… only a true Dutchman would be able to enjoy this breakfast of champions. Seriously? Heineken at 8:45 in the morning? Or maybe he had already traveled a long distance and was suffering from a bad case of jet-lag. ;) I know you probably can’t see it very well in the picture, but his “braadharing”, cheese and pickles were adorned with tiny Dutch flags. Such a sweet detail for such a stinky food, haha.
On the less stinky side of things, there was an overwhelming amount of tradition Dutch goodies for sale in the souvenir shops. Ginger cake (ontbijtkoek or peperkoek), cheeses of all kinds, beer, stroopwafels, and tons of tulips. The funny thing is that I’m pretty sure most international destinations won’t allow you to bring any types of seeds, bulbs, or plants. Or am I wrong? I’d cry if I had to throw away a bag-full of beautiful bulbs upon clearing customs.
Then it was time to walk the plank and board our beautiful MD-11. If you think people are already fun to watch during every-day life, they are even more entertaining while trying to remain comfortable during a long flight. You get the “stranger-who-falls-asleep-on-their-neighbor’s-shoulder”, the “restless-aisle-wanderer”, the “constant-complainer”, and the “supsonic-snoozers”… and then you have the latest member of the Blue Man Group. In a last-ditch effort to catch some z’s, the man sitting across from me decked himself from head to toe with the fuzzy, blue blankets each passenger is given. Cozy, no?
There was also an announcement made just before take-off that one passenger suffered from an acute allergy to peanuts, which pronounced with a Dutch accent sounded shockingly like an allergy to something else *ahem*. Everyone on board was asked to please not open any items that might contain peanuts. Yikes!
Since I was stuck smack dab in the middle of the plane, I couldn’t capture any amazing moments in the air without encountering any awkward situations with fellow passengers… I did, however, catch this cool rainbow effect over the snowy slopes of the Arctic from a tiny door window in the back of the plane. Then, upon landing, I was greeted with this lovely array of rainbow-colored flowers! Yay!
Just Friday, I posted some pictures of the “Maasbrug” in Maastricht, and now I find myself driving over the Golden Gate. As a facebook friend so eloquently put it, I really did bridge the two continents! ;) I couldn’t resist asking my Dad to pull over after we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge so I could snap a few shots of the iconic San Francisco sight.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a fun decoration DIY project with you, and giving you a sneak peek at how I would decorate my Thanksgiving table if I were to be the one hosting all my friends and family :)
Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!