Last evening I left for Amsterdam, as the first leg of a trip to Barlad, Romania. The flight left at 7:30 PM in daylight, but we soon flew into the darkness. After about 3 hours I happened to notice the moon outside the window.
Here is the location of the flight at the time I was admiring the moon.
The hallway looks a bit austere.
A nice feature is a place to plug in devices that use US or UK electrical ends.
After a nap I walked back to the airport to get a bit oriented. This is the first time in years and years that I've done anything here but transfer from one flight to another.
When packing I found I had some Euros tucked away, but figured I would certainly need more, so I found an ATM.
It popped out Euros without any difficulty -- but one thing I always do it let my credit union know when I'm going to be traveling, so that if there are transactions coming from a foreign country, they know I planned to be there and it's probably me!
I wandered around and finally picked out a the Juggle Juice Bar for a bite to eat. I ordered a strawberry smoothie and a toasted cheese sandwich. The smoothie arrived very quickly, the waitress said the sandwich would be along in a minute, and she settled the bill with me right then -- don't know if this quick collection of the bill is a Dutch thing or perhaps an airport thing where people may be very time-limited. Well, when the sandwich didn't arrive in about 15 minutes and got the attention of the wait staff. My waitress quickly discovered the cook got distracted. He started making it, and then never finished it. So the order was starting over -- she said, commenting on the cook's error: "He's going to have to wash your car." I thought that was a charming idiom! Have never heard it before.
So these first steps are going well. Tomorrow it's Paris, then Bucharest, then Barlad.