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Hallo (--that's Dutch for hello),

This is a brief overview of how I spent my spring 2001 studying abroad. I was at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. It was my third semester in law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

I arrived at Schipol airport in Amsterdam Tuesday, January 3, 2001 at 7:20am. But the adventure began the day before in Atlanta, Georgia. I was dropped off at the airport under the KLM sign. Unfortunately it was KLM's baggage claim. The ticket window where I needed to check my luggage was at the opposite end of the terminal. A full picture of me and my luggage needs to be drawn so you can accurately understand my predicament. I have my roommate's extra large suitcase with rollers, another friend's large suit case that likes to fall over when pulled rather than rolling on wheels (--my sense is that it was trying to mutiny), a smallish duffle bag and a laptop carrying case. (In case you are wondering, no I don't have luggage of my own!) Not to mention my 2 jackets, scarf, and hat!! As I was struggling my way to the KLM window a cabbie comes to my rescue. I checked my 2 bags and made my way to the international concourse.

I checked in at the gate and then proceeded through the concourse and tried to get some dollars exchanged since I definitely knew I'd need cab money. (I learned the hard way that I cannot manage my belongings by myself) I waited in line at the exchange desk for almost 20 minutes to get Guilders. I swear the guy almost blew the dust off the stack of money. I guess not much call for Guilders! I didn't get to the airport planning to spend 15 min getting to the window and 20 min to exchange money. I got on the plane about 7 min before it was schedualed to depart.

I had a lovely aisle seat in the children's section at the back of the plane. I have never been on a plane with so many unhappy children...

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