September 11, 2008 Seth Perkins

Amsterdam – International Broadcast Convention – Travel

Flying to AmsterdamIt’s half past midnight Amsterdam time.  Going to sleep.  I flew out of JFK at 6:30 pm yesterday en route to the International Broadcast Convention (aka IBC).  I’m not good at sleeping on planes.  The only time I wish I was short is when I’m looking at the 5 foot tall person next to me and understanding that”ample legroom” does exist for some.

In this case, the couple next to me wasn’t five feet tall.  They were in the same situation: cramped, but we made the most of it.  We couldn’t talk much as I don’t know Dutch, but we still managed to have some laughs, especially trying to work the remote control for the inflight entertainment (which gave me a chance to finally see KungFu Panda and revisit Batman Begins)

Well, I intend on putting down some observations from Amsterdam over the next few days.  I’m here through Tuesday, so I’ll have some time.

All I’ll really say now is, as I was flying out, Neil Young kept playing over and over in my head with “Old Man”.  I don’t know, maybe it’s my version of “Sounds of Silence” from The Graduate when Ben is at the airport in the beginning.  What I do know, is as I was flying out, I looked out the window, just about sunset, and saw Cape Cod receding behind me.  I thought about the first time I crossed the Atlantic on the way to the Cannes Film Festival.  It’s been just over 4 years since that first adventure, and since then, I’ve been a few places.  

This is my third trip to Amsterdam.  I grew up in my small, quiet valley back home, and now, as I write, I’m looking out the 19th floor window of my room onto the night time sky of Amsterdam.  I know for many, it’s not such a big deal, for me, it is.  I’m 6 hours away from the place where I grew up; a stranger who doesn’t know the language and many of the customs.  It’s a very different way to wake up in the morning.  It’s a very different way to go about finding a restaurant to eat, especially when you’re alone.

Well, I intend on taking some photos in my spare time.  So, I hope to have some additions here soon.  Meanwhile, I should get some sleep.  Goodnight.

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