n South African Gastroenterology Review - Amsterdam Live Endoscopy 2009 : the Fellows

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



When I settled my buzzing head on the seat of Royal Dutch Airlines flight KL 592, scheduled for 00h45 on the 9th of December 2009, I realised how close I had been to missing the plane. Like some of my colleagues, I had correctly noted the date of departure, but had failed to notice that it was in fact an early morning flight and not an evening flight as I had assumed on carelessly scanning over my e-ticket some days before. Of course, now the rush was over, I was on the plane and my mobile phone was off. Soon I would be cruising 10 km above Africa, to the land of clogs and tulips, and there was nothing that anyone could do about it. I was unavailable. As it turned out the flight was uneventful and we disembarked at Schipol airport in Amsterdam, to face the extremely business like immigration police. Like good South Africans we were not daunted - security is our middle name. Having provided all the correct answers we were finally on our way to the long awaited and most essential of early morning indulgences - the first cup of coffee. A cup of Dutch coffee, masterfully brewed (the Dutch certainly have standards), and the smell of smoggy winter air outside the terminal building and we knew we were in Europe.

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