I haven’t been to the Netherlands in a few weeks: I arrived at New Years, but only skipped through Schiphol in a couple of hours, missing a brief trip home. This would be a bit longer visit, and a break from setting up the QMS paperwork back in the UK.
Since I have all of my clothes and things waiting in Maastricht, I’m able to travel light, even by Ryanair standards. A carry-on suitcase with a few essentials and room for my shoulder bag and computer. I always existed carrying bags onto the plane, but was gifted a small hard-side case a few years back that has worked well for me on trips like this.
Well, until this trip, anyway.
The handle fell apart when I extended it to deplane, and I ended up breaking off the handle just to exit. ‘Headed to Amsterdam for meetings with the accountant, then on the train down to Maastricht, it wouldn’t last long.
I dropped into de Bijenkorf, the major Dutch department store, to see what might be done. The luggage section sprawls across a quarter of the floor, so I snag a young, hip salesperson who looks like who I want to be.
It has to fit the carry-on rules. It needs to be durable and light. It needs to fit my budget.
He suggested something hard-sided and on-special, the store brand. Not my style.
One step up. Soft-sided. Not Samsonite.
Better alternatives: collections of straps, buckles, and expandable zippers that suggested versatility and exploration-chic.
Price went towards 500 euros, now it was leather hard-shell. Too much.
Is Road-Warrior still a phrase?
The problem is that the system is labor intensive and inflexible. selecting and transferring a selection of what I do.
If new podcasts arrive, i can’t really sample them easily.
I have a lot of dross taking up space that i should listen to, but don’t.
Realistically, I have a lot of bandwidth, and should treat this more like radio than records. I should be streaming from a catalogue, rather than archiving and curating.
So, I’ve transferred my subscription to Stitcher, and am experimenting with playlists, shuffles, and accelerated playback.
I like the flexibility, but can’t find all of my usual shows, cant alphabetize within a playlist, and an;t play a single show. Stitcher says that these are ‘features’, not issues, when I write support to ask.
Still, I’m liking the alternative, as long as I download before I board the plane and watch my roaming mobile data usage.