'n Rot in Rotetrdam ?

Trip Start Jan 21, 2008
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Trip End Jun 01, 2008


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Monday, January 21, 2008

It is January 20th and I am so exited i cant sit still for 5 min. Not even to watch my favorite tv series Boston Legal. Tommorow is not only my birthday it is also the day I start my adventure. I will travel europe meeting up with friends , seeing , tasting , hearing and living the european dream for a whole year.
The last few days where filled with last minute organizing. I had to get a bank account , visa and warm socks before i could safely enter the wild ( or so i ve heard ) european scene.I had it all figured out ..or so i thought.
As I walk through security after saying the last goodbyes I try to imagin what the year would be like. I had the ideal flight , NON STOP Amsterdam schiphol . I must say I have no love for flying but exept for the abnormal lack of leg room it was nt that bad.
i have dreamed of seeing much Dutch family agian for monthes and now it would actually happen. Thankyou fro flying KLM , it is 3 degrees in Amsterdam today , I hope you enjoyed your flight. Waiting for my baggage has become a rather traumatic experiace for me as thay always seem to misplace myne. This time was no exeption and i spent the next 30 min runnig like a wild african trying to find my new North face backpack. I was informed that my luggage was either in india or somewhere on schiphol and for a moment looking around me at all teh busy travelers i didint know what was worse.
Finnaly I could walk , with my backpack , through the the automatic doors. I had arrived.
Before me stood my 2 not so littel any more host brothers i haddent seen in 3 years and my very loving host mother. We had a Dutch kroket and shocomel from the selfsevise resturant.It was about a hours drive to Rotterdam.
With all the exitement I almost frogot about the cadautjes i had brought with from the warm and sunny cape town ( babs ) .Everybody loved there little presents and I felt right at home.
After a few days of loafing around the house , getting a cold and buying a very cool new camera from the mediamart I realized that I needed to find something to keep me busy. I had spoken to Bob Poel ( YFUnl ) about doing a 3 week inturnship at there office in Vinkeveen. I had no idea where in the world the misterouse Vinkeveen was . It was a mistery that would soon be worked out.
The next day got an email from YFU saying that i could start work the monday and that they had found a Host family in Weesp where i could live during that time.
My adventure was underway and I was looking forward to watever teh future my bring.
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