This is a rare non running post.
For a few days at the end of August I had the opportunity to travel to a city I had heard plenty about but never been.
I hardly travel on my own, I feel if anxiety takes a hold I may not be able to deal with it. However, I was invited to meet up with a group of people all I had to do was get myself out there. No big deal for some but a massive deal for me.
The week or two leading up to my flight out I was really suffering, thoughts were shattered and I felt hot and bothered for large portions of that time.
I was dropped off at the airport by mum and dad. As they drove off the feeling of aloneness and anxiety swept over me.
Dragging my case through the check in area I knew I had to get a grip otherwise I would fall apart very publicly.
I had checked in online so all I had to do was get through security and into the departure area.
The queue through security was incredibly long and the area was hot. My case got pulled and questions asked about my liquids, mainly make up and shower gel (I must reduce this next time I travel). Once through I decided to get a coffee and a bite to eat.
Soon I was called to the gate, having booked priority seating I didn’t have to endure the bun fight others did. Seated and settled the flight was about to start. Since watching mum drive off and me having a talk to myself I was ok but the noise of the engines started me off again. Flying is not my favourite pastime.
However no sooner we had taken off the plane was getting ready to land. Soon after that I was stepping on Netherland soil. I was picked up at the airport and I got my first feeling of excitement I had done it!
Amsterdam was for me a place of contrasts. Beautiful buildings, a laid back vibe but with a vibrant nightlife.
The time I had there went quickly and trying to cram as much in as possible meant I was tired and I still didn’t get to see everything.
Things I regret/now know
1-I didn’t take my running stuff, a run there would have been fantastic.
2-An extra night/day would have been useful to do the stuff that could not have been done due to the weather on the first day.
3-Being hesitant about travelling on my own, it was actually ok and less stressful than with others.
4-I like travel, I missed home but I think I found a lost piece of me during the days away thanks to the new experience.
5-I need to travel more.
One day I would like to go back and see the city again. In the meantime I will see if the travel bug remains and what could be the next port of call.