“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Augustine of Hippo
As I embark on my seventh professional basketball season I realize how fortunate I have been to play this sport and get paid for it. Essentially I have also been paid to travel and see the world. Last year alone I visited four different continents and numerous countries in between. Since I arrived back to Europe on August 7th I have already been to four countries. I don’t write this to brag but merely to show my appreciation for what my profession has allowed me to do and see. Obviously the focus of any basketball season is the season itself but traveling is a large perk of this profession. Being able to play in Luxembourg last year and again this year, has afforded me the opportunity to travel even more.
I was recently in Schipol Airport in Amsterdam and I want to share my experience with you: I am at the middle of my journey from Helsinki back to Luxembourg for another season of professional basketball, and I have been fortunate enough to have a short layover in Amsterdam Schipol Airport. Every time I make a stop here I seem to enjoy it more than the last. The people are walking around with smiles on their faces that are genuine and authentic. Schipol is more like a gigantic mall with the verve and flair of an amusement park. It is not a typical airport. I have never had the opportunity to take part in any of these extra activities but it would seem like an appropriate place to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family. I can’t help but walk around with a smile on my face because the joy that fills this place is contagious. People are focused on reaching their gates in time of course, but not with the stress and worry that accompanies other airports. The airport employees seem to be content with their jobs so they choose to serve others with magnificent grins. It has been some years since I spent time in Holland, outside of Schipol Airport, but if the Dutch people are as pleasant outside of the airport as they are inside of it, I need to plan a trip there soon!
Have you travelled anywhere lately? If not, where would you like to travel? How has travelling shaped your view of yourself and the world?