Citizens of the Airport #28 – The First Big Trip I Made On My Own

I like to think of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a village, inhabited by millions of people for not more then a few hours per day max. But who are the people that pass through? What makes them tick? I’m on a quest to meet the Citizens of the Airport!

This morning I was worried I’d get stranded. My flight was cancelled, so I panicked a bit. Fortunately, I was rebooked to a different flight, which is taking off shortly…


Where I’ve been? Do you have a moment? Here we go: Serbia, Budapest, Paris, Seattle – gasps for air – Santiago and Karlsberg.

Anchorage is probably my favourite place. I really loved travelling by train through the spectacular Alaskan landscape. You even see bears and elk along the way. Truly magnificent!

Looking after myself

This was the first big trip I made on my own. I first explored Europe and then started on the other continents. At first, I was really worried about having to look after myself. I really was quite nervous. But it was a lot easier than I expected. You become independent quite fast if you dare to take the bull by the horns!

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when you walk through amsterdam streets you feel like the magic amsterdam cartoon net work and when when you fly the monster montagne blue you feel like teaching the sky so high.KLM

Ben Kortman

How nice ksikas! I couldn’t agree more :-D

Dillan Kruger

So my story is not as wonderful as yours… If you could imagine the movie the terminal with tom hanks, pretty much the same experience just that it was for 7days.
To live on the terminal with no clean cloths and limited funding. No help from the air line for accommodation or food we survived by sleeping on the waiting benches and washing ourselves in the bathrooms. Coming from South Africa the exchange rate killed us have only a few euros a day for was a traumatic experience which divided my family leaving no chance of travel again. It’s been a burden on our lives for the last 10 years. But still no response to the letter we sent some many years ago. No apology at the time or to date. I would love to tell the story that did this to my family so the world can know how traumatic it has been for us to travel hopping someone is listening.

Ben Kortman

Hello Dillan, I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience in the airport. I informed my colleagues from the webcare team and as I understand you are in contact with them on Facebook. All the best to you.

Lolita M. Balboa


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