Reply To: Long Schiphol Queues

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I have always found Schipol a very ‘cold’ airport, lacking in human warmth

I am another who likes and respects the Dutch and the way they do things, I enjoy my stays, and have spent a fair amount of time there, but I have to agree with the above, it’s generally efficient and going through is a pleasant experience but it is so perfectly automated and regimented that there is very little human interaction. Charles-P’s statement sums it up perfectly.

Contrary to that though, on one passage through, I was desperate for a beer but didn’t have change in any currency and no banknotes, it was something to do with the Greek crisis and everybody had emptied the ATMs. I told the chap at the bar before I ordered my beer and he said he couldn’t take a credit card for less than €10 but he gave me a beer. A small but memorable gesture of kindness.

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