Get yer clogs out

Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
Trip End Apr 11, 2012

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Friday, June 15, 2012

15 June 2012, London Gatwick to Amsterdam

I'm going to The Netherlands (does one not call it Holland, must investigate) to stay as a friend on board the Rotterdam, which sails out of Rotterdam so I have to fly to Amsterdam then catch the train to Rotterdam. I luckily got my flight for practically free by saving up my air miles from all my flights to and from Vancouver and Miami in the last couple of years for work. The flight to Amsterdam was on the smallest little passenger jet I’ve ever been on, only 45 minutes. And after a coffee and picking up my 14 Euro train ticket, I was chugging past windmills and flat landscapes on my way to Rotterdam.

It’s a really easy journey and the taxi from Rotterdam central to the port should have been only 12 Euros, although the taxi driver told me 20 before we left so I felt a bit ripped off, but never mind. I was expecting it to be about that anyway.

The Rotterdam is a small ship, the flagship of our R Class fleet and although small is quite pretty. Marty, the DJ who I’m staying with, has a crew room on a passenger deck so although not quite the luxury cabin I’m accustomed to as a pianist, it’s more than adequate. It’s strange being on a ship with nothing to do. I’m a passenger! I don’t have to be anywhere or do any work. I can go where I like and wear what I want. I can see myself getting restless in a few days, I’m not very good at being idle. That said, I’ve set myself a few targets to meet while I’m here for two weeks:

1 – Get three songs for my album written.

2 – Keep on top of this blog (I write this as I go when I find time, so need to stay on it so I don’t forget anything good).

3 – Get my computer and hard drives organised so I can do more writing and audio work while I’m on my next ship (doesn’t sound like much work but it’s a time consuming job getting a musician’s computer organised).
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