People milling around. Not particularly happy, but not overly foul-humored either. “Just one of those things…”
A yellow Dutch train. Of doom!
I already had a bad feeling this morning. My own train wasn’t going, the one before
that had a 30 minute delay (resulting in me taking a train only 15 minutes late). But the signs were on the wall (or better, on the roof of the station), it wasn’t going to be a happy day for commuting Netherlands.
Slightly late at work, lucky not to have an early meeting (or perhaps un-lucky?). While immersed you don’t notice the outside world so much, until the wind truly sweeps the rain against the windows. Look up, shrug, look down again.
My walk for lunch was windy but other than that no worse than otherwise.
More work, more meetings, more ignoring the world behind the windows.
Until it was time to go home.
The wind kept trying to steal my hat as I walk the 3 minutes from the office to the train station.
Ominous portent number 1: Nothing on the normal signs that normally show what the next train is (and how late it is).
Ominous portent number 2: Lots of people walking around, looking somewhat lost.
Ominous portent number 3: Your attention please. Due to storm damage there will be very limited train traffic possible around Amsterdam.
The last might not have been so much a portent as a harbinger of the apocalypse itself… Still, people kept milling about, not so much in a happy mood, but not entirely in a foul one either (us Dutch are good at keeping our emotions to ourselves).
Waiting. Ten minutes. Twenty. Half an hour. When the previous harbinger of the apocalypse sounds again: ”In ten minutes a train will depart for Utrecht”. Salvation!
Fun train fact: Shinjuku station in Tokyo, Japan, process 5 million people per day! I guess it helps that Japanese are small and can easily be stacked…
The ten minutes obviously turned into fifteen, but at this point everybody was way
beyond complaining. The train arrived and after some good-natured pushing and shoving everybody got in (I personally even had a seat!)
It was my previous post: It’s the little things that can make you very happy. A train simply showing up definitely is what made my day today!