The long journey home begins
05.01.2016 - 05.01.2016 -2 °C
Well today is the beginning of the long journey home. Flying to Amsterdam where we will stay overnight in the Schiphol Airport Hotel, Citizen M, and then commence the long haul tomorrow.
While we were at breakfast this morning, it started to snow - only lightly at first and horizontal as a very strong wind was blowing. It got heavier but has now stopped. We are being picked up at 12.20 pm for our transfer to the airport.
Phil now has a cold and has described our White Christmas as climbing Everest! (as if he's ever done that or likely to!), but meaning we took a huge effort to arrive at the location, could only stay a little while (or we would have died in the cold) and then commenced the long descent. Very poetic, isn't he?
Our driver arrived 30 minutes early so we headed off for the airport in a lovely black Mercedes limo. Not much traffic and the sun is now shining but it's still pretty cold outside, though the wind has died down some and it is definitely not as cold as yesterday. Our driver, Chris, was in his early sixties and had come to Copenhagen from California with his parents when he was 9. His parents were Danish.
We found the check in desk for Scandavian Airlines and all economy class passengers have to check in on line. "We're not good with machines", we said to the attendant, so she did it for us. Very nice lady. Then we took our bags over to the bag drop section and checked them through to Amsterdam. Of course, we forgot to push the English button and consequently couldn't work out what was going on. My bag was under the required weight, but still a bit heavy, so it had to have a "heavy" tag on it. My lovely new overcoat has bumped my weight up. Using the grey hair tag again, attendants rush to help us. All done, time to go Duty Free shopping.
As this is the most expensive place in the world, duty free is still dearer than Sydney, where we will buy stuff on our return. Then we don't have to carry it. Phil has bought some Scotch that will travel home in his check in luggage.
We had a lovely lunch. Warm crunchy rolls - mine was rare beef and Phil's was seafood. They were the nicest rolls I have ever tasted. Then to another cafe for our final hot chocolate and Danishes.
Boarded our flight on time and it is only half full. We arrive at our row and find people sitting in our seats. The queue behind us had to wait while the guy got out of the seat, got his carry on down from the overhead locker and then realised his family were supposed to be sitting on the other side of the aisle in D, E, F. Problem solved and we settled down for our one hour flight to Amsterdam. Smooth flight. Phil slept all the way and I read my new book, The Scavenger's Daughters - a Chinese novel about the time after the Cultural Revolution and a scavanger who keeps finding abandoned baby girls and brings them home for he and his wife to raise. I'm enjoying it very much. There are four books in the series.
Walked the short walk to the Citizen M Schipohl Airport hotel and checked in. This time we have a room overlooking the airport and our toilet and shower are in cubicles in the centre of the room and you have to completely close the shower doors for the water to work. This hotel is so modern and minimalist, but totally functional, especially for a one night stay airport hotel.
Early night tonight to prepare for our long journey tomorrow.