I got up at 6 AM, traveled to Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) by train. At Schiphol it was crowded! People with large bags everywhere, no one standing in line. Giant congestion for the border security etc. And then there is the obligatory chat with a security officer when boarding (did you pack your bag yourself, brought anything etc..). The strange thing is the US carriers seem to be obliged doing that - but only for inbound flights??
But the good thing was: I managed to upgrade my first leg of the trip (to Minneapolis). Never traveled Business Class before, but, man! what a joy!. Imagine long, broad seats with lots of buttons on the armrest. If you use the right ones, you can get the chair in a 100% horizontal position - while massaging your back! And then there is the drinks and the food... I would love to travel this way every time, but hey, budget is limited - and frequent flyer miles are too.
In Minneapolis I had originally a 1,5 hour layover, but when we arrived it was shrunk to 1 hour. With one airplane full of Japanese visitors in front of my at the border security. Luckily it took only around half an hour to pass the security, so a good half an hour left to grab a coffee and walk to the connecting plane. No business class this time, but a crowded economy. So: Plug in iPod and close eyes...
Got a cab in SF to the house (Jacco rented it - with his girlfriend Margot), got some good food with the three of us, had a few beers and went to bed around 10 PM.
And of course woke up at 2.30, 3, 3.30, 4.15, 5.45...and finally got out of bed and made myself a coffee.
Looking forward to the rest of the day: Usergroup sessions, Keynote, ACE Dinner...here I come!