Up at the absurd hour of 04:00 for a shower in a groggy fog. No breakfast and hopped in a taxi to the airport delayed by bridge construction sending the meter on its happy way with the result a staggering 80 Euro taxi fare to Schiphol. Happy my booking on Martinair to Samos was successful. Not speaking Dutch didn’t prevent a successful booking. Martinair is a Dutch charter airline. I suppose we were the only Non-Dutch on the flight. Just my luck as a nasty terrorist looking type subject to a thorough body search to the enjoyment of my family. A spectacle for sure. What incredible shopping at this airport with electronics, food, records and books to name a few items. The departure area resembled a shopping centre more than the usual airport duty free. A smooth three-and-a-half-hour flight with a boxed breakfast. Arrived at the Samos Airport and grabbed a taxi into Vathi to Fotini’s parent’s house. It is great to have returned to Greece but I think all of us are craving a good night’s sleep.
“Travels to a Different Time” : 4August2006: Amsterdam/Samos: The Spectacle of a Thorough Search!
Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write." View more posts