Last Sunday when I traveled from Haaksbergen back to Amsterdam, I was unpleasantly surprised by the fact the Dutch railroad company was working on the tracks between the cities of Almelo and Apeldoorn. Instead of the train you had to do that part by bus and by the unlucky route that the bus followed my journey was extended with a lot of extra traveling time.
When I heard that this all would take the rest of the week I wasn’t looking forward on the way back home on Thursday.
During the Monday evening when I was working on my laptop my friend Dave called me on MSN. He told me that he would be in Amsterdam on Wednesday for a congress and if I would like it to have dinner with him afterwards. Of course I did like that, I like to spend time with the people I like.
Way after that we have been talking on MSN, something started to fall together in my head. If Dave would be in Amsterdam and he would come by car, then he would be driving back to the eastern part of the country in the evening. That way I could prevent the not so enjoyable travel on Thursday.
So next day at the company I explained Michiel, my teamleader, about my travel on last Sunday and that I would facing the same next Thursday. So I asked him if he would mind if I would travel back home with Dave and work this Thursday and Friday from home. He didn’t mind at all (did I already mentioned I love the flexibility of this company?).
I called Dave again and after he heard about the longer travel by train, he told me that he would come by car and that he didn’t mind at all that I would travel back with him.
Well, today after work I traveled back to Amsterdam and took the metro to the station Isolaterweg. Dave and I agreed on meeting there. After some time Dave did arrive there indeed. After a bit talking we decided that in this area of Amsterdam with mostly offices and factories we wouldn’t find a nice place to eat something.
So we took the metro back to the Lelylaan station. This was Dave’s first introducation to the “OV Chipcard” which was not a complete enthusiastic success :).
We found a very nice looking steakhouse with the very nice name “Roos”. We decided that we sat down there for dinner. I really like this steakhouse. The people were nice, the atmosphere was good, an open kitchen…. and this T-Bone was more then just delicious.
And of course it is good to talk with a friend that you haven’t seen for some time. I just realize that I haven’t seen Dave since he returned from his study in the US. So it was good to chat with him again.
After dinner we took the metro back to place where Dave had parked his car and started our journey home. I realized that I slipped here and there into some sleep, because I was very tired. But even during this trip we brought up some interesting subjects.
And now I am home again looking back on a nice evening.
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