Ahhhh, those hot towels!
Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
31Trip End Jul 25, 2008
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We ran into my pal Chimoun Yachouh in the boarding area. He was putting his mother on the plane to Stockholm to visit his sister. Always a pleasure to run into him. Charming and handsome as ever! And his mother is a dear. She'd had a terrible time getting from LaGuardia to Philadelphia, ended up taking the train and cabs to get there in time for the flight. But she made it, and even into business class!
Ahhhh, Business Class! It is so much better than coach. Comfy seats that recline into a near flat position, on demand video, almost gourmet food. We were able to be seated in the first row, and together, which is a good thing since Michael gets jumpy at the littlest bit of turbulence. Dinner was actually quite nice. I had Duck, Michael Mahi Mahi, the service was nice, but not how US Airways normally does it
I awoke to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and an announcement that the morning service for the coach class would begin shortly. I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, but we were almost in Stockholm and the excitement took hold. We only had tea and a pastry for breakfast (turning down poached peaches with almond mascarpone & yogurt with granola) chatted about the trip and made nicey nice with the crew. We have become seasoned travelers, so I brushed and flossed early, arranged my bags and put my duty free away in prep for landing.
Stockholm reminds me of the Pacific Northwest. Lots of pines, lots of water and lots of sunshine... well, almost like the PNW. It is a beautiful day here
The Swedes are ingenious. My take on Scandinavia is that it is very energy wise, unlike the US. Escalators don't run unless someone is on them, workers in the airport get around quickly on human propelled scooters (see video), some equipped with baskets and flat spaces to carry stuff. Very civilized. It got me to thinking maybe I would look for a razor once I get home, just to run over to the supermarket and do local errands (like head to Chuck and Philips or Sarah and Cates for wine and fun!).
Well, an hour and a half to wait, and then it's onto Copenhagen (CPH) and a nap on the plane. Catch you later!