At last the first day of the holiday had arrived, but alas it was but a day of travelling. Due to it being a weekday I had to get the train to the airport which mean first getting a taxi into Leicester. The train arrived minutes after I got there and the journey had finally begun in earnest. The time on the train passed quickly and before I knew it I had arrived at Birmingham New Street station. The transfer to the next train was fairly easy and it was already waiting at the platform. It felt like the train was doubling back to where it had come from as we had left in the same direction.
At Birmingham International I met up with James and Andrew to continue the journey. From there it was a short monorail ride to the airport and we got checked in quite quickly. For the first time ever I bought something other than food from a British airport – a card reader for about £26. The flight was then 15 minutes late leaving yet we still managed to arrive in Schipol slightly earlier than scheduled.
In Schipol Airport we wasted quite a bit of time looking for a decent place to eat. Eventually we decided on a place that did sirloin steak for €24.95. Fortunately I was able to pay on my debit card as GBP. It was then a couple of hours wait until we were through security and boarding the plane ready for the next leg of the journey.