Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 is here!

And I'm in Amsterdam!

I caught Eurostar at 12.30 yesterday and got to Amsterdam just after 7pm. The journey was mostly uneventful but the train switch at Brussels was a bit fraught. I only had 20 minutes in which to do it which should have been enough had the two platforms not been miles apart and had I been carrying less luggage. I got my connection with 30 seconds to spare!

Once I got to Amsterdam's Central Station, I texted my landlady, saying, 'I get trams 1, 2, 5, or 9, right?'

She replied, 'No 9, others ok.' So I got number 9.

After about 10 minutes, I decided that the journey seemed unfamiliar. I had another look at her reply and realised that she'd meant 'Not 9'. Off I got, returned to Central Station and got number 2. None of this was very pleasant. It was raining, the trams were crowded and my luggage made me an unpleasant hinderance to other passengers.

It was about 8.30 when I got to my apartment. The landlady and her boyfriend were there to greet me with a bottle of champagne.

Happy New Year everyone!

19 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Happy New everything Mr Nomad!

7:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, old chum. Here's to lusty times ahead!

8:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Nomad and Happy New Home too!!

11:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely! You made it!

Wishing you a very very happy and prosperous New Year. So looking forward to hearing the tales of settling into The Dutch Life, you Reluctant Nomad.

XO
ExAfrica

1:44 am  
Anonymous frog with a blog said...

Happy New Year Nomad and enjoy this new life.I have left a little video message for you on my blog.

10:27 pm  
Blogger Pam said...

Good luck in your new locale.

11:43 pm  
Anonymous cristina said...

you are getting nearer - to us that is! :) we haven't relocated yet.
Feliz Ano novo Alan!
All the best for your new life in Amsterdam, looking forward to all the city gossip!!

9:12 am  
Blogger JP said...

Happy New Year dude; I hope that you and Amsterdam can tolerate each other but I Imagine you'll both be quite tired quite soon.

Hugs

9:32 am  
Blogger Alan said...

All the best and be good ! Keep in touch.

1:29 pm  
Anonymous patita said...

Here's to another year of good adventure and fun, dear Nomad!

6:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! How exciting, too - a move to Amsterdam. I simply LOVE Amsterdam, and the Danish people are so awesome. I am jealous! I wish it was as easy for those of us here in the US to move around Europe as it is for others. The only places I can easily move to are like California or Florida - not they they are bad places, but it's not the same. Oh well. I will be excited to read about your life there, so keep us posted.

12:27 am  
Anonymous Michel Veigh said...

Happy New Year, dear Nomad! - I've discovered your blog right now, like many like it very much (as well), and knowing you in A'dam on the very first day of this very new year opens a door of many, many memories. Tram 2 was it? Not 9, not No 9... unfortunately trams have no names, but numbers!

12:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Amsterdam. You don't know me, but troubled-diva's just introduced us via e-mail. Hope you enjoy our city!

12:13 pm  
Anonymous basil said...

Nomad - good luck for your time in Amsters
JP - how come you can't blog on your own site!
J. David Zacko-Smith - Danish!!???

12:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All's well that ends well, eh? Hope the champagne was good ;)
And so the new journey begins. Enjoy!!!

1:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Amsterdam! E-mail me at james.ashburn@gmail.com about the gay Dutch language course. I just got home today from visiting my partner's family in Germany. Again, welcome to A'dam--the best city in Europe!

8:32 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

To all of you who have wished me a happy new year and good wishes about my move, thank you very much. Happy new year too all of you.

frog with a blog : What a brilliant video message it is too - thanks! Happy new year to you too.

J. David Zacko-Smith : Danish people? Um, you’re a bit confused but I know what you mean. :-)

Michel Veigh: Welcome to my blog, I hope you visit again.

cvodb: Thanks, I have no doubt that I will.

basil : So you noticed his typo too?

Terri: It wasn’t the best champagne but it was unexpected so it was good.

James: Thanks. You have email.

12:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh the joy of text messages... glad you at least got champers when you got home!

9:04 am  
Anonymous basil said...

nomad - typo? nah!!

11:39 pm  

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