Life is never dull in my universe. Nothing ever pans out normally or predictably, and just when you think you know somebody, karma rises up and bites you back.
Amsterdam as usual, turned out to be a two faced beast where I lost a friend, got to know one on a deeper level, and was saved from a tricky situation by the beautiful selflessness of another… And all in space of five days! Much that I love this quirky city, it obviously doesn’t like me. Over the past two years it has been the scene of heartbreak, bitter cold, theft and sheer endurance.
I don’t intend to elaborate on the details of loss due to loyalty for one of my dearest friends, but it is a bitter pill indeed to lose the respect for one who you thought you knew…
Financially, the whole period was a disaster, as I had to escape from the city by train and then rebook a coach for a ridiculous short term price. So all in all a disaster….
Until an old friend from Spain came to my aid and invited me to Brussels.
Christian, is the epitome of goodness, a Belgian African from the Congo (now Zaire). He is involved in many projects in South America, helping people feed themselves, as well as conserving wildlife in Peruvian Amazonia. I met him in Leòn during the Camino period and we remained in contact; however, I never thought he would want to keep in touch with me. This global adventurer, is always on the move, especially in South America where he has a house in the Amazon near Iquitos, Peru. He also lives in Brussels and it was here that I escaped to from Amsterdam.
It is a risky move to accept the invitation of a man you have only known briefly, but my heart felt that this was someone immensely special, a rare man in a treacherous world. So it was a wonderful surprise to end my latest European sojourn in such company, safe and respected.
Now I am in the Megabus on my way back to London at the end of an emotional whirlwind! However I would like to thank three people especially:
Firstly Carro, for her understanding in a very difficult situation; secondly, Maya, for putting me up for one night on New Year’s Eve, thus preventing a nasty night out in the open; and finally to Christian for his warmth, respect and love.
I am one lucky Viking, for sure!