Rishikesh to Amsterdam 1, from lockdown to lockdown
Rishikesh to Amsterdam 2, from lockdown to lockdown
Rishikesh to Amsterdam 3, from lockdown to lockdown
Rishikesh to Amsterdam 4, from lockdown to lockdown
One more week to go.
On March 30 I wrote a report of my first sentimental journey there:
On my stroll on the other side through the deserted street with the incidental open shop I saw a nice example of a always wet wall. Then always green ferns.
More on March 30, still about the day before:
Because the number of cases in India came above 1000, someone said.
Because the district that I live in has closed its borders, my host says.
So, here we are, next day, March 31:
This morning ‘this side’ of the bridge also locked.
Looking along the barricade reveiled this:
Also this day I posted a picture of Lockdown drawing no. 3 with this comment:
Also that day I posted my once upon a time repeated message, just because I myself so much love this piece of Jimi Hendrix. And to with etcetera:
Not to the left, not to the right, but straightforward this time.
So, with this comment I posted a article from The Guardian:
So, here it is, in premiere, the view downward.
I didn’t know that monkeys could swim, even under water.
I show a downward overall picture, a cropping of another picture where you can see two monkeys swimming under water and a video with just before the end of the one minute a real dive/jump.
I started out with sharing the just finished lockdown drawing no. 4.
Here another zoomed in cropping of it:
Then this text, above another already kind of fairwell view picture:
The next day, on April 3 I opened with this:
And added a pic of a locked down shop with the obsolete posters as wallpaper:
That night after I came back in my room with the expectation that the departure to the airport would be the next day somewhere in the afternoon.
Only then I found out that the Dutch Embassy in Delhi had sent an email early that evening with this message:
Our apologies for the late reply, but we finally have news about the pick up tomorrow. You will all be picked up from your home/house/hotel.
Don’t forget to bring lots of water and food. We heard the shops at the airport are closed. I wish you a safe and pleasant trip.So, suddenly I had to be prepared for a pick up from 08.00 on.
In the end the pick up showed up by 11.00 of course, so time enough for a few farewells and a last breakfast in my favorite restaurant around the corner.Here is a photo of a sanitary stop at a completely empty gas pump.
We arrived at Delhi Airport at 17.30.
Then the improvised Corona version of the check in procedure started, which took quite some time.
This is a picture of the emptiest side in front of Departures.
After another few hours waiting inside, the actual check in started.
Just a few pictures to illustrate that. There was a relaxed atmosphere and quite good social distancing amongst us tourists going home. Most were not wearing masks. At some point I decided to stick to my upcoming gut feeling and have worn my mask till arrival in Amsterdam.
Coronavirus update: What to expect if you’re travelling with KLM this week.
A few sentences from it.
*You will find a bag containing snacks, fruit and drinks on your seat when you
*Of course, you are most welcome to bring your own snacks.
So there we were, about five hundred mostly masked people.
Packed as usual, thought requested to practice social distancing as much as possible.
Taxiing started exactly at 02.55. And off we went.
We had a meal, I listened for a few hours the whole available repertoire of Mozart, slept a bit and looked kind of like this:
Welcome in the one and a half meter society.
Also the luggage belt was transformed in a keep distance zone:
I made a selfie with the traffic control tower and posted it on Facebook.
Accompanied with this text:
Dear Kiran and family.
This morning I posted on Facebook this picture with the text: The eagle has landed. It is a selfie of myself and on the background the control tower of Amsterdam Airport. I am well.
Also my country and my city are in a quite strong lockdown. The world is weird, yet fascinating.
The journey from Rishikesh to Amsterdam, from lockdown to lockdown, was completed.