|Schiphol Train Station|
The trip from Brussels to New York City wasn't as pleasant as our first leg because a) the Brussels airport is shit and 2) our flight was connecting rather than direct, but the flights themselves were fine.
|Comte de Flandres metro station|
For our trip to Reisterstown, MD we had to get creative. We took the Megabus from New York to White Marsh, MD ($9.00), a suburb northeast of Baltimore. From there we took a local MTA bus ($1.60) into Baltimore where we then grabbed the subway to Owings Mills ($1.60). Our only option at this point was a cab and, luckily, there's a taxi rank right outside the Owings Mills station. The taxi from the station to our resort cost $30.00.
Happily, we made a friend over our weekend at the resort willing to drive us into Baltimore. We forced $20 on her for the inconvenience though, since she would've been travelling in the completely opposite direction otherwise.
|Megabus, Baltimore to New York City|
Our flight back to Brussels was uneventful. This leg was on Brussels Airlines and, besides the flight staff seeming rather surprised to be there, the flight seemed short and the seats were the most comfortable we've experienced in quite some time. We arrived in Brussels an hour later than expected, around 7AM.
This next portion was one of our worst travel experiences ever. We had hoped to simply reverse the above but the bus ticket (€3.50) is only good for a free transfer to the subway within an hour from purchase and we were stuck in a Brussels traffic jam for just over an hour, missing our free ride to Gare du Nord. Not wanting to pay again we decided to walk, venturing forth with a compass, no map, and luggage. We eventually got to Gare du Nord around 10AM and checked in for our 12PM Eurolines bus to Amsterdam (€9.00) only to be told that it was going to be late and not to expect it before 1PM. It eventually showed up at 1:45PM.
We arrived at Amstel station in Amsterdam almost two hours later than expected. Furthermore, for some reason our Google map had placed the distance from Amstel station and our flat at a mere 1.4km. The reality was that Amstel station is 5km away from our flat, which makes a huge difference. Had we known the actual distance we would've sprung for public transportation. As it was, we just walked.
The train from Amsterdam's Centraal station to Schiphol airport was €4.05 (including €0.50 credit card fee because only Dutch bank cards are accepted for no-fee processing). Schiphol is a wonderful airport but we didn't have much time to explore before boarding. Our KLM flight back to Edinburgh was uneventful and we were home shortly thereafter, 17 days after beginning this journey.
This trip had many legs and, though the return trip from Amsterdam to Brussels and the bus ride from Baltimore to New York City were very long, it didn't feel as though we spent a huge chunk of time travelling. Even at the end of the trip, the two solid days of travel (from Baltimore to Amsterdam) had almost been completely forgotten, though I fear the horrible Eurolines experience will stay with us for quite some time.