So, this monday I was supposed to fly to Malaga (Spain) for a holiday with my friend. We booked a Ryanair flight from Eindhoven and a lovely place to stay at a Airbnb place. I was looking forward to this trip for weeks: finally a break from daily working life and some relaxation in the sun. However, when trying to check-in the evening before departure, we got a notification that there was some trouble with our flight. We couldn’t find out what the problem was, until we saw the news: French Air Traffic Controllers were striking. No airplanes were able to fly over French skies, leading to a cancellation of our flight. Damn. Why does this have to happen to us? No alternatives were available to fly at another moment, so bye bye Malaga..
Ryanair started a petition to prevent this from happening in the future, a good cause if you ask me. You can sign it at: www.keepeuropesskiesopen.com
Now, the day after we were supposed to go on our holiday, while preparing myself for another day at the office, I get a news pop-up on my phone: 2 bombings Brussels Airport. No. Not again.. Complaining about the French strikes now feel silly to me and I’m actually now happy to not be flying anytime soon.
I can’t stop following the news today, threats of terror and fear everywhere, evacuations happening very nearby. It makes me realize how much we take our freedom for granted, people in the Middle East are dealing with this on a daily basis! Here in the Netherlands, we are used to doing anything we want, going anywhere we want at anytime we want. We don’t have to constantly watch our backs, we live in a free and safe country. At least, that’s what we thought, it seems to be changing completely. Ever since the Paris attacks, our freedom is at risk and I can feel it. I’m more nervous in crowded areas, pay closer attention to guards and unusual behavior, and focus more on detecting emergency exits. It’s not supposed to be like this..
My thoughts are with the family of victims and injured in Brussels and I sincerely hope this is the end of all this madness!