My mother, Gy & Lou at the panorama deck
My mother and Gyano tried to cheer me up all day, we went shopping for a new TV, went to dinner in the city of Eindhoven, and we visited Guido in the evening. All day I was thinking, what if Yasu did get stuck at Schiphol? Then we could have had another day together only I did not know because he had no way of reaching me… And indeed when we finally got home at 22:30 the phone was redblinking like crazy with the dozens of messages that Yasu left on our voicemail! He was still here! Well that is in some hotel near Schiphol and I was hours away in Neerpelt…
Yasu’s flight to Kuala Lumpur delayed, delayed, delayed…
I think I went slightly crazy then! Ow no! He was still here and I missed this chance to see him again! And I am not going to see him for another 10 months!!! I was exhausted from not having slept enough the last few days, because we wanted to spent as much waking time together as we could, there was always time to sleep after he left for Japan, is what we reasoned the previous nights? Now he was a long-long drive away and I already fall alseep driving to the supermarket around the corner. But I did not care, he was still in Europe so I was going to go there, now! I called his hotel, I could not reach him it was chaos at the hotel, but the friendly hotelmanager was very touched by this “case of real love” as he called it and he made sure I knew how to get to the hotel and that Mr. Kotera would be notified that I was driving there.
I was looking like a ghost after days of hardly any rest and crying my eyes out because of the departure of my Yasu. But there was no time to lose, no time to waste, so no time to freshen up and make me somewhat attractive for Yasu. Just before I left, Yasu called to Neerpelt. He had an extremely frustrating day, he had been calling me all day hoping there would be a possibility to meet up, but by now he had already given up hope of seeing eachother and all he was hoping for now was a talk on the phone. He was extremely surprised to hear (Are you serious?!?) that I was ready to jump in the car to drive back there to see him. No time to talk sorry baby, gotta go! Gotta go see you!
Gyano went with me to keep me awake behind the wheel, but there was no need because I was so hyped up about seeing Yasu again that I think I could have driven to Paris and back without falling asleep. Two hours later we arrived at the hotel, in the middle of the night there is no traffic congestion so the trip took only half the time. Yasu was there!! Gyano went to sleep in the fancy hotelroom the Airline had provided Yasu with and Yasu and I went roaming about in the hotel, just enjoying eachother’s company as much as we could. This was bonus time and it was awesome!
Yasu & Lou hardly awake at the hotel
Soon Yasu’s calls started coming in, stuff was still wrong with the plane and they were delayed another hour. His phone call woke me up and I started driving back home a little. When I was halfway home Yasu had called so many times with changing information about his flight that I decided to drive back to Schiphol Airport. I thought what if he has to stay here again or is delayed for many hours, then it is going to be easier to meet up with him if I am in the neighborhood instead of somewhere in Belgium.
Yasu had called many times, but of course once we changed the plan and headed back to Schiphol and when we were actually walking around there, Yasu did not call! We were in the same building, we were so close, but he did not know! We had his name announced all over the airport, which he did not hear because of his iPod, we called the Diner’s lounges but we just kept missing him. All the while it was getting later and later and it was about time for Yasu to start boarding because this the time the flight did not seem to delay anymore…
Then finally he called! “Yasu, we are HERE! At Schiphol!” “What?” So then he rushed out of his side of passport control, but we knew he was going to have to head back in soon… But if I could just get one extra kiss from him, all this trouble would have been more than worth it! Then just before he went to get his passport inspected (again) and his bag x-rayed (again), we checked the departure board: his flight was delayed again! Until 17:00!!! The man at the desk where we went to verify the delay, said we were the first people he had seen who were happy with yet another 3-hour-delay!
Lou & Yasu during their bonus, bonus time!
Yasu & Lou’s last picture together