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Arriving At Schiphol Airport After Spending 2 Weeks In Canada

Arriving At Schiphol Airport After Spending 2 Weeks In Canada

on Jan. 17, 2004 by

Returning from a few weeks Christmas vacation in Canada with my Canadian friends, it was a pleasure seeing my family await me at the arrivals gate at Schiphol Amsterdam.

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My friends in Canada offered me to fly me back during Christmas and New Years during my last year of College. We went on a crazy Christmas party adventure with all my friends from Mississauga.

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After 2 weeks I returned back to the Netherlands to finish the last few months of my education in Multimedia. It’s always good to set foot on Schiphol and finally hearing Dutch being spoken all around you. It is such a strange switch, literally switching my brain to “Dutch Mode”.

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Schiphol opened on 16 September 1916 as a military airbase, consisting of a few barracks and a field serving as both platform and runways. When civil aircraft started to make use of the field (17 December 1920), it was often called Schiphol-les-bains.

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The Fokker aircraft manufacturer started a factory near Schiphol airport in 1919. Schiphol's name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol which was part of the Stelling van Amsterdam defence works.

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Before 1852, the Haarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake, in the shallow waters of which sudden violent storms could claim many ships. This was the main reason for reclaiming it.

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In English, Schiphol translates to 'Ship Hole', a reference to the number of ships lost in the area.

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