I’m writing this at London City airport, waiting for my flight back home. Or perhaps I should say “to The Netherlands”. Yes, I’m going home, but it’s only for a very short while. Because tomorrow afternoon I’ll be flying off to Ireland (for a week of hiking with friends, if you must know).I know this isn’t the most efficient way of flying, but the ticket Amsterdam – Dublin was bought months before I knew I would be spending my time in London. A ticket London – Dublin is more expensive than London – Amsterdam, and this gives me the chance to drop by my own house, sleep for a night in my own bed and pick up my stuff from home (instead of having to have dragged them with me to London already). That last reason was in fact the most important one.
Which brings me to the subject of this post: The world is small. Or at least, time and efficiency wise things are close together. I am literally taking a flight to pick up a bag.
Yes, that’s decadent! But it’s also a sign of how modern life is. Flights are cheap and plentiful. And I’ve gotten used to them (I remember the first time I took a flight on my own, It took me a month to pack my bag (this time I packed it this morning), so mentally they are not a challenge anymore either. It’s like a train-ride where they make you be an hour early for your train.
I’m looking forward to flying to Ireland, to going hiking, seeing the sights, drinking the whiskey, relaxing my tired legs after a long day. But more than that I’m looking forward to spending time together with my friends. Because more than beauty and adventure, this trip is about extending connections.
The world is small. So our friends are always nearby!
I’m Bastiaan. I write this blog to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
I love to connect, so if you have thoughts, ideas or questions based on this (or another) post, please leave me a comment!