Part 14: Amsterdam a final adventure. Then departure.

Call me adventurous, but I decide to do a carpool from Amsterdam to Belgium, via this hip little website called “blablacar.com”’. Lift all squared up, I go off on an advance reconnaissance mission to find the meeting place under Amsterdam Central Station, three days before the appointed departure. Organisation and punctuality are important. (If only…

Part 13: A long hiatus!

I am not sure what excuse should be offered up here! Such indolence and lack of self-discipline that leaves a trail of readers, in a state of suspended animation is quite unforgivable. I’ve a little confession to make here – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! Ok, well hand on my heart. The absolute truth…

Part 12: Amsterdam by day

A good night’s sleep instantaneously dims whatever nightmare has taken place the evening before. Ah yes, it’s all coming back to me. That walk, room 101.  I’m still peeved about not having my kettle, cups and milk. The receptionist tells me I need to pay for a canal room to have these luxuries.  I consider…

Part 10: A Lesson in History – Scotland

Let us now visit a few castles, chapels and other historic ruins in Edinburgh. We even get a visit to the sea-side. Make sure you all have your notebook and pen at the ready for furious and studious note-taking. (Remembering now, that there is a little of the virtuous geek in all of us, even…

Part 9 Edinburgh – Scotland

Finally, I’m in Edinburgh. A lovely city spread with an array of smart shop fronts and Georgian street frontages. Elegant clothes stores abound, where cutting up your credit card is a consideration before walking into any of these places.  (This may-be a little drastic.) Better to freeze the card instead and then pollute the environment…

Part 8: An, Interval!

The author is currently experiencing the following: A blocked nose A sore throat Swollen Glands My nose is so sore that I physically can no longer touch it.  According to an online search I have the possibility of a number of ailments:-  an addiction to cocaine and I require a nose reconstruction. (Have ignored this…