The song Tulips from Amsterdam
was my husband’s favourite song and tulips were my favourites among flowers that were grown in a forieng country,
It was my dream to one day visit Amsterdam and visit tulips fields and pose for a photograph and keep it as a memento.
That opportunity presented itself when we opted for a package tour of Europe.
The Europe package holiday included 7 countries – UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Holland.
While most of what I wanted to see and experience became a memory it did not happen with Tulips.
The Travel Agents never mentioned about the season for Tulips would end by the time we landed in Amsterdam. I took it for granted that I would have one of my aspirations fulfilled but it was not to be.
We were late by just one week.
Tulips need to be harvested at the right time. Even a day’s delay in harvesting would ruin the flowers leading to great loss to tulip growers. How would anyone growing tulips know that there was an individual who had travelled all the way from India to be among the tulips and get photographed? That was my dream, my aspiration and not theirs. Theirs was to earn from growing tulips.
The question was whether those travelling in that package even knew anything about tulips leave alone wanting to see fields of tulips unlike me whose main frustration was when the season was missed. Many were more interested in buying diamonds and precious stones which I later learnt are available in Amsterdam.
I will not go back to Amsterdam but this disappointment will stay with me rest of my life.
Having said that looking back now at the entire Europe Tour I should not really think of this one little set back because there was enough for me to see and experience creating indelible memories
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