Thursday, June 28, 2007

The trip

The 20th of June was the day for me to go home. At 7 am I took the cab to the busstop where the bus to the airport would arrive. Quite tired, as I only slept for 4 hours (again) the night before. This time not because of the heat, but because of my trip home of course. The day before I had gone to the beach for the last time, this time at Mount Olympos (Nea Pori), together with my friends Mieke, Marijn, Marielle, Mark, Levinia, John and Labis. Unfortunately, when we wanted to take the train back, it appeared to be 2 hours late!! So instead of coming home at 8:30, with enough time to pack my suitcases, I was not home earlier than 10:30, so I couldn't go to bed earlier than 2. To get up at 6 again, because I really hate it to be in a hurry and stressed out.
Luckily M, M, M, M & L were with me, otherwise I would never have reached the airport. My luggage was namely around the 30 kilos, and that was only my suitcase! My handluggage existed of a suitcase of 10 kilos, a laptop and 2 little bags for my purse, etc.

M, M, M, M & L at 7 to accompany me to the airport: how sweet :-)
Of course it was very quiet at the airport. I was one of the first to check in, so that was also done in 5 minutes. My luggage was exactly 29.4 kilos, so that was perfect! The woman behind the desk didn't think so:
"You have to many kilos, you are allowed to take only 20 kilos with you."
"No no, I have send an e-mail with that question as I have stayed here longer than a month and they told me that I could take 30 with me."
"No, on your ticket it says 20 kilos"
"I know, but this ticket is rebooked, so it doesn't give the right information"

Then she decided to call someone and after ten seconds, I didn''t have to many kilos anymore.

So we waited for one hour, before I would go to my airplane. I was still a little nervous, as I didn't know how the reactions on my laptop and hand luggage would be. Everything turned out to be fine, so it costed me only 10 seconds to go through the security part.
And then the real waiting started. Waiting for boarding, waiting in the airplane for the departure, trying to enjoy myself during the flight, as it would take a little longer than I'd expected. It had to go to Athens first, so I would not arrive at 12, but at 2:30. A little bit later, and more time before I would see Gerben again. So during the flight I have tried to make some nice pictures out of the airplane.

The part with epanomi on it
The beach of Perea
The 3 fingers of Halkidiki
Far, far away: Mount Athos. Have I seen it after all ;-)

And so, after a flight of more than 4 hours, with a little stop in Athens, where I had to get off with all my luggage, and on again after half an hour, I arrived at Dusseldorf!! Where I of course flew into the arms of Gerben.

I have to say that the first day felt quite weird. Back in your own country, with other people than you've seen the last 4 months and with half the temperature of the one in Greece. I have been really cold until yesterday. I have worn more clothes on monday than I would normally wear in the winter (monday was extremely windy with a temperature of 15 degrees). But things start to become normal again. I have already made new plans, and the sun has just decided today to shine!

First step on Dutch ground

Gerben and me :)

Tamara and me (look at the color-difference :-p)

Suzanne and me (and her good grade for maths, which is great of course)


Tamara said...

Ieh wat ben ik wit:S Maar ik moest dan ook hoognodig slapen...:P

Fred said...

Hoi Judith,

leuk die foto's!

de groeten, ook aan de familie en Gerben!

Groeten Fred

Suzannnnnn said...

Huh, die foto heb ik nog nooit gezien... i like! hihi. mis je en ik ben lekker bruiner dan tamara op deze foto´s. ha!
kus van je zus(je, maar dat rijmt niet)