The (bald) eagle has landed

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Monday July 31st was said to be the busiest day of the year at Amsterdam airport. Can’t say that I’ve noticed. Everything went pretty smoothly. Apart from the power outage just before take-off of course. Kept us grounded for about 45 minutes. I spend that time wisely, with my eyes closed;) It did cause me to miss my bus at the Tenerife airport so I had to wait for about an hour. I made it to my hotel at about 22:15h local time. It’s one hour earlier here than in Amsterdam. The place looks pretty nice and from my balcony I can see both the Teide and the ocean.

When I woke up the next day, I opened the curtains to my balcony to find a clear blue sky with a nice morning sun. Just the way I like it:) I decided to start my first day with a running recce through the city. Turns out that the city is quite a bit smaller than I remembered. It only took me 35 minutes to cover the city from east to west. After the run I walked up hill, visiting my old school and I tried to locate my former tennis club. Couldn’t find it anymore though. It was great to walk through some of the old streets and see the original architecture. I’m not so crazy about the neon light signs and the Benidorm feel that I got in other parts of town though. Can’t really determine whether things here have changed a lot or not. I know I have.

In the last couple of weeks I have spend a lot of time with friends and family. It was great to receive their support and encouragement to pursue my dream. Made me realize how much I value and appreciate all of them. To be honest I did not expect that saying goodbye (again) would have that much of an impact on me. After moving a lot as a kid, and spending some time in the army, I had gotten kind of numb to goodbyes and I don’t think I have ever really missed anyone. It seems to feel a little different this time though. Am I getting soft? Let’s see how I feel in a couple of days and weeks.

Don’t be strangers, come and visit me:)

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