A Tale of Upgrades and Ambassadors

Trip Start May 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 03, 2012

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Friday, May 18, 2012

(S) We made it! Twenty-three hours later we arrived in Delhi at 11 pm. We were amazingly upgraded in Detroit to First Class to Amsterdam. What?! All that traveling my travel partner does for work just paid off. Yes, I would like some champagne before we take off. And yes, I would like to recline my chair into a bed. And yes I would like to eat 85 times, which included a short rib in red wine sauce dinner, before this plane lands in 7 hours.

Landing in Amsterdam was actually a bit painful, if only because of its familiarity and our love of it. We know the stores, we know the layout. I was able to easily find a lens cap for my camera (left mine at the ranch over Easter) and we sampled all the cheeses in our favorite cheese shop. Are we doing the right thing? Should we just be getting off here and having a nice, easy trip through northern Europe? Wouldn't that be so easy? And not 107 degrees? But we didn’t stay. We got on our flight to Delhi.

While we weren’t upgraded (it appears KLM is not into upgrading), there were whole empty rows in the Economy Plus section (do others know something we are ignoring about India in May?) and we each had our own row of 3 seats to stretch out in. Thus, the next 7 hour leg didn’t go so bad. We also talked to a nice woman from Seattle who does non-profit work in India regularly and told us how great our trip was going to be.

We landed in Delhi at 10:50 pm, a full 23 hours since we took off on Thursday morning (it’s 12 hours ahead of us). Getting our baggage and our passports stamped was a piece of cake. As was getting an Indian SIM card for our Italian cell phone (yes, we have an Italian cell phone – who doesn’t?) and changing some money and getting a pre-paid taxi. Our taxi was most definitely not air conditioned as advertised, but it was a sweet looking old black and yellow Ambassador.

Driving to our hotel didn’t look that different than driving through DC on the "wrong" side of the river. We drove through New Delhi on our way to The Imperial near Connaught Place. Ahhhh….our hotel. My travel partner chose this absolutely amazing property. I hope the photos do it justice. We were shown to our palatial room and quickly went to sleep. In India. Wow.
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threadbaresoul on

Indeed, who DOESN'T have an Italian cell phone?
I was so excited about your upgrade to first class!!! I've heard such a thing exists but I've never actually talked to anyone who flew that way. With champagne...

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