We are currently at Home Land Security threat level Orange

One of the many such announcements blasted out over the PA system feeling like I was in Bladerunner or the 5th Element. All my recent travel has been through Asia so this was the first time I have experienced the paranoia of the US security forces.

After the initial scare on the plane that I didn't have a smartchip passport things went relatively smoothly taking my finger prints, photo and emptying the contents on my day bag. I did however forget to empty my bottle of water between the flights and I just drank it in front of the officers. No security officers with guns this time which I felt weird, after all it was threat level orange.

Anyway, I'm all unpacked, bike assembled ready to go. I've even done a couple of hours work already :-)

It was great to see Renate again after such a long time. We didn't get up to much yesterday as my flight arrived late but we are venturing out today to see some of her family. Tomorrow I'm off to the bank so sort things out there, buy an office chair and an evaluation for Dutch lessons.

Thanks Yvonne for the great seat!


  1. hey ant!

    nice blog mate!

    (in your email, it said the web address was blotspot.com - note the 't')


    Good way to keep in touch for sure.

    be safe and have loads of fun... AND come back soon!



  2. Anto, it's been well over a year since I heard from you (likewise I've been quiet) so a good surprise to hear from you. I'm guessing that you're moving over to be with Renate? Congratulations!

    I'll drop you a longer note soon

  3. Heya,

    Wow, I didn't even know you were off to Europe! It's been some time since I saw you last :)

    Enjoy your stay there and see you when you get back

  4. Stink that we didn't get to see you before you left :-( it came round fast huh? Looking forward to checking in on your travels... love to Renate - Lesley, Grant & Carly xxx

  5. Hi Ants,

    Lovely to hear from you and even better to keep track!
    Enjoy "Kikkerland"!
    Herman and Issjah

  6. Hey Ant,

    Glad to see you made it safely through all the security. Sorry didn't make your bbq but it was good to see oyu at the wedding.
    Ok enjoy yourself and stay in touch.

    Craig, Deirdre and Josh.


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