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Back from Budapest

My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in Budapest! We had a great time. Surprisingly, no virus-related problems. Flights were on time (and full), every place we wanted to go was open excluding one ruin bar because of a 100 person capacity restriction.

I’ll write my observations and thoughts on Budapest later. For now, here are a couple of pictures from Budapest’s Cat Cafe!

 

The little plane that could

As I mentioned before, my husband and I took a 4-day long anniversary trip to Italy this past weekend. With only 4 days, we wanted every minute to count, which turned out to be a problem when the Italians decided to strike at the Rome airport. Our plane was delayed 3 hours until they could confirm landing clearance, so we were given vouchers for food (that worked in every restaurant except the specific one we went to, of course), and boarded our plane later in the afternoon.

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Once the plane finished boarding and the doors were closed, it needed to be de-iced. The de-icing truck began to do its job and then ran out of de-icing liquid. We had to wait 20 minutes for another de-icing truck.

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Finally, the de-icing was complete and it was time for the plane to be pushed back from the gate. We slowly moved backwards and then stopped after just a few feet. The truck pushing the plane broke down and we had to wait 20 minutes for a replacement truck.

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The flight went smoothly after all the delays and we landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport … only to wait on the tarmac an additional 20 minutes because of a plane in front of us.

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Where’s MY emotional support peacock?

Have you ever been around a peacock for a long amount of time? They have the most horrifying scream. There’s no way a peacock could make someone calm.

Now, when it comes to meetings with people I don’t like, however, this would totally come in handy. I gotta get one of these.

 

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The only way I will fly Delta

So Delta airlines had pizza delivered to waiting passengers on a plane during the recent delays caused by their computer system. My thoughts:

  1. Can we please just do this every time instead of airline food? I will pay extra.
  2. Do the delivery guys get tips in airline tickets?
  3. And still, Pizza Hut won’t deliver to my neighborhood.

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Plane from Texas

Time to head outta Texas and get back to Sweden.

Here’s what planes look like in Texas of course.

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More about overseas flights

As an American/Swedish family, we make the big trip across the Atlantic once a year for vacation.  It’s almost that time again, so I thought I’d share my tips for overseas flying.

1. European airlines have free alcoholic drinks.

2. There is no way to make a 1 hour layover at Charles de Gaulle in Paris.  They only give you this as an option to sell more airport food when you get stranded.  Don’t do it!

3. Don’t bring beef jerkey to gnaw on for your flight.  You might get bumped to first class where you are too embarassed to eat it and then it’s all you think about while drinking your champange.  (Yes, this happened to me.  How did you guess?)

4. If you want to trade seats with someone, put your child in the seat next to them before you ask.  Most people will move immediately.

5. Quit trying to sleep.  You just can’t.   Stay up and enjoy your “free” movies.  If you doze for a few minutes – Bonus!

6. Save sick bags.  They come in handy later when you need to wrap a birthday present.

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Discount Airlines

Let me tell you a little story about a trip we took on one of these discount airlines.  To protect the airlines identity, I’ll call them Lyin Air.

We chose Lyin Air because we found a price to our destination that was incredibly low and because it was hard to believe anything could be that bad.  We thought wrong.

Lyin Air is “conveniently located” at Skavsta Airport – over an hour from Stockholm.  Skavsta “airport” is really just an old warehouse hanger with no order to it at all.  People either mill around or buy an overpriced soggy sandwich and dream of Starbucks at Arlanda airport.

Lyin Air does not assign seats.  This is a terrible idea.  You either stand in line hours before as if you were waiting for concert tickets, or suffer the consequence of being seated next to the bathroom between a man who doesn’t believe in showers and a screaming baby.

Once the door is open, however, the line matters not.  It’s a mad dash for the airplane, which is parked on the tarmac.  Whoever is the fastest gets the best seats.  Sorry grandma!

Even if you manage to get the seat you wanted, there will be no rest.  I have never in my life experienced seats that close together and without seat pockets.  How much money can you save on seat pockets?

Once the plane is in the air, it turns into a crowded baseball game.  I kid you not, the crew walk up and down the aisle constantly yelling, “candy, drinks, smokeless cigarettes?”   It never ends.  I made the mistake of asking for a coke.  A third of a coke can costs 4 dollars.

Once the flight touches down, a trumpet fanfare plays.  What is the meaning behind this?  It’s like when people clap after a particularly bumpy flight where they were all convinced they were going to die.  Is the trumpet fanfare to celebrate that we actually made it?  Because that’s the only thing going through my head.

Never again Lyin Air!  I will pay the extra hundred dollars for my assigned seat, Starbucks and piece of mind.

New one for me

I’m looking though Singapore Airlines webpage and trying to fill in a form.  I have to say, all the airlines I’ve ever used only give a choice of “Mr., Mrs., Miss, Mstr.”  Singapore Airlines has a drop-down menu of possibly 50 different titles including, “Duchess, Sultan, Queen, President, etc.”  I have a feeling this airline may be out of my price range.

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