I'll start the blog in Schipohl airport (Amsterdam) my first landing place in Europe this morning.
Flight over went by fairly quickly. Time for a coffee and a bit of reading before catching the flight to Düsseldorf for the last leg of this part. My friend, Jim, was there to meet me and shepard me into town on the train and subway.
In the evening my hosts, Jim and Heike, and I went out for dinner at a little pub/restaurant on a block full of bars and restaurants that was thronged with people inside and out, all madly swilling beer and talking as loudly as possible. Apparently this is a normal, every day happening, nothing special.
After dinner jet lag set in and that was the end of day one.