I have been writing Scraps of Mind for nearly five years now and I’ve had the chance to ‘virtually’ meet many wonderful people. I live in Australia and most of my readers live overseas from me so there’s not much chance to actually meet in real life.
So how exciting it was to finally get to meet up with Antoinette from Sparky’s Scratches whilst I was in Amsterdam yesterday. If you’ve been a regular reader of Scraps of Mind you’ll know that Antoinette is one of the most regular commenters here and we’ve been emailing each other a lot too.
I’ve been travelling from Budapest in Hungary to Amsterdam in The Netherlands over the past three weeks (you can see the journey in photos on my Facebook Page) and I’d arranged with Antoinette to try and meet up whilst I was here.
It almost didn’t happen as I was waiting with my travel buddy Yvonne at Central Station when Antoinette’s text message came through…”Oh no. I’m on the wrong train and it doesn’t stop in Amsterdam!”. A tragedy in the making and exactly the sort of thing I could see happening to me.
Fortunately she managed to get on another train and we were soon hugging each other in front of the station.
We headed for a café for a coffee and a good chinwag. And it was terrific. Antoinette is exactly the same personality in real life as she is on her blog and we loved talking about this that and everything until finally she had to catch the train for home.
Yvonne and I were feeling a bit end-of-holidayish as we had just wound up a fantastic two week cruise along the Danube and Rhine Rivers that day. We’d had a fabulous time (if you ever get the chance to do this, the tour is with Scenic Tours and the experience is amazing with these people) and we had no fizz left to really get into enjoying our last two days in Amsterdam.
Antoinette was just what we needed to inject the enthusiasm back into us so we could really get into doing stuff on the last two days.
So a big thank you Antoinette. Not only are you a fun person to talk with, but you managed to kick start the life back into our trip so that we could enjoy it to the very end.