Back in Holland

I made it with ease!

At 9:30 AM I say goodbye to Kris and thank him for letting me couch surf for the last few months.  Those are some great memories I will never forget.

My next stop is my sister’s house where she will join my journey to Pearson Airport in my vintage 1996 Honda Odyssey.

I arrive at Sam’s place right on time and we don’t waste anytime time heading back onto the road. I only left a 1 hour buffer for arriving at the airport, which isn’t the smartest thing to do in Toronto traffic.

As we approach Oshawa, the traffic is already slowing down to a stop and start, and I decide there is a better way to get to the Airport.  We pull off the 401 highway in Oshawa, and head over to the Go Train.  The Go Train is only $13 dollars to the airport with no traffic.  This will save us from driving through T.O. traffic and also shorten my sisters drive back home.

Here I say goodbye to my vintage 1996 Honda Odyssey, as I may never see her again.  I gave the car to my sister to use while I am gone, and well, she is a female driver, so who knows if the car will even make it a day in her hands :).  Good luck and goodbye my friend.

After purchasing my ticket I realize it is not for the Go Train, but for the Go Transit Bus and the arrival time is is 5 P.M.  Hmm, this should work out.

15 minutes later I am on the empty bus, and am heading to Pearson.  The driver tells me there is an accident so he is taking another route, but not to worry because I would never had made my connection according to my ticket anyways.  He tells me to stay on his bus to the end of his route and he will drop me off at the next bus, which goes directly to Pearson.

We make it to my connection right on time, as it is loading.  I jump into the front seat and ask the bus driver how long it takes to Pearson Airport and he tells me 30 minutes, which makes my arrival time just before 5 P.M.  Excellent.

The driver turns out to be a pretty cool guy and we chat about traveling.  At the end of the ride I toss him one of my cards and we say goodbye.

Getting to my flight was a breeze!  The counter lineup for the my ticket was full, but moved fast.  I then went through security in minutes and made it to my gate with 1 hour to spare.

I checked out the food prices and wasn’t shocked by the over inflated prices.  For $12.00 I can get a cheap burger or a pre made sandwich.  I thought we had laws about increasing prices do to demand in Canada?

Anyways, I grab a burger, head for a final poop poop, plop, plop, and walk over to my gate, where they just start to load, and for whatever reason they are loading zone 4 first.  What perfect timing, I have not had to wait anywhere.

I jump into the plane and within no time we are already taking off.  My flight is to arrive in Amsterdam at 9.A.M.  However, our plane is going over 1000 KMH, and we arrive at 8:19 A.M.  More than 30 minutes early. Saweet!

Hello Holland again 🙂


The plane ride itself wasn’t all that comfortable and I did not sleep at all, but I am here and heading to customs.

I am second in line and do not even have to wait again.  The customs agent ask me only 2 questions. “Family or Business?”, I say Family, and then he asks, “Where?”, I say Alphen.  He says, have a great trip and hands my passport back.  I wonder, “Do you think my last name of Kruis helped?”

I walk over to the baggage claim and with great luck, my bag is coming right out. I grab and start heading to the exit.  As I am walking I try to connect my smart cellular telephone to the internet to let Marijie know I am here, but as I am connecting to the net I look up and there she is smiling and waving.  Wow, again perfect timing.

From the airport to Peter’s house doesn’t take long and to my surprise, Marijie doesn’t make vroom vroom noises while driving.  She really has grown up in the last 4 months.

Walking through the front door of Peter’s house is so familiar, it almost seems like I am home again.

I missed Peter and was very happy to see him again.  He and Bob the cat are looking great.

My visit here in Holland is only 4 days, so Peter tries lining up when I can visit everyone in a short period of time.  Tonight we are going to drop off  Marijie in Rotterdam later, for an appointment, and Peter and I will head to Honey and Lex’s house for a visit.

After dropping off Marijie, we head over to a cool apartment / indoor mall for a bite to eat.  Peter gets fries and mayonnaise and I get Croquettes.  My favorite dutch food to eat.

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It’s a one hour drive to Hannie’s and I have to say, I am starting to get really tired.  I think I have been awake for 26 hours or more.

Our visit with Hannie and Lex was really great.  Some good laughs were had, and a cool pint of beer was had.  🙂

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I love how in Holland everyone sits outside and enjoys the warm, not hot summer air.  Oh yeah, it is only 24 Celsius here.  A change from our 35 during the day in Ontario and 26 at night.

Back at Peter’s he cooks us a really yummy dinner, we watch a few minutes of the Olympics, and I finally give in at 7:30 P.M. and head to bed.

I can’t wait for day 2!

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