The Netherlands: The End

Day 10.7 Thursday, April 22, 2010 So far so good, and I’m actually feeling pretty positive about going out tomorrow.  The skies are still problematic but some flights are leaving and the situation gets better every hour, so, fingers crossed. Today, we decided to hit our last museum (or what I hope is our lastContinue reading “The Netherlands: The End”

The Netherlands: Days 10.5 & 10.6 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)

Day 10.5 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Success? Relief? I hope so. We spent all last night checking trains and buses, but nothing we could find was getting us anywhere any faster. Our B&B hostess found a train to Istanbul that would take only two days, but some legs of the journey were unavailable for onlineContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 10.5 & 10.6 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)”

Photo blog 2

“Views of next door: Rooftop, door, and yard.”  Abu Dhabi, April and May 2010. Individual photos (left to right, from top): “I love UAE!”  (Outdoor chair and graffito celebrating UAE’s National Day: 38 years as a nation) “Dog days”  (stuffed animal on a rooftop) “Cat on a hot tin roof” (street kitten hiding inside aContinue reading “Photo blog 2”

The Netherlands: Days 10.1 & 10.2 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)

Day 10.1 Friday, April 16, 2010 Stranded still.  The volcano continues to spew, the European authorities in charge of their respective airspaces continue to freak out, many of our fellow passengers are growing irrationally angry, and it’s looking more and more like we’re in this for a longer haul than anyone would like. We wokeContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 10.1 & 10.2 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)”

Photo blog 1

I’m going to start a new feature here this week:  I’m going to start posting photos. When we were stranded in Amsterdam last during the Iceland volcano fiasco, we decided to ease the tension of being trapped (I called it “maintenance,” as in, maintaining a healthy stress level) by visiting a few of the museumsContinue reading “Photo blog 1”

The Netherlands: Days 3 & 4

Day 3 Thursday, April 8, 2010 There were too many highlights today, and it’s hard to single out the second-best moment.  Was it the train ride south to the Hague, the countryside rolling by as we wrote postcards in the flashing sunlight?  The splendid Maritshuis museum, with its brilliant focus on the best of theContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 3 & 4”