This morning I woke up extremely early, I assume a side effect of my immense excitement, and had breakfast with the relations. After taking the toddler for a spin in the park I head off taking various modes of public transportation to the airport. This whole part of the journey went very smoothly and I soon landed in Amsterdam. I had a little time before my next flight and went for a little wonder. The airport itself is rather ugly, however what the airport was filled with made up for this, from a tulip garden to a cheese house one could find everything you needed and more.
My flight to BKK left late in the afternoon and I was glad to find myself sitting at the window. The flight was spend watching a variety of movies and gazing out the window, at least until the sun set. (Which it did so in a stunning display of purple and violet over Bohemia). After a few bumps just north over the Bosporus we flew over the Caucasus mountains and the Caspian sea.
Roughly half way through the journey we crossed over Afghanistan and a short while later came to the highlight of the flight. The Himalayas. A crystal clear sky allowed a perfect view of the moonlit snowy valleys below.
I then landed safely in Bangkok (translates to “City of the wild peaches”) Haven’t slept for quite a bit and now have to go meet up with my travel companions. Hopefully I will find them.
Around 2000 years ago today Julius Ceaser left his home, even thought both a fortune teller and his wife warned him against doing so. Later that day Caesar was stabbed repeatedly by a group of republican Senators including his friend Brutus who delivered, or so the story goes, the final blow.
I on the other hand left my house this morning leaving with a sense of wonderment of what this journey will be like. Having packed and repacked my bag, checked and double checked my travel items I left my home late morning. Continue reading “The Ides of March”
One of the main reasons I started this blog was to tell the story of my impending journey. For the next three months I shall travel through the farther Indian subcontinent, nowadays know as Southeas Asia with a few friends that I will link up with in Bangkok.
On the ides of march I will be leaving Lower Saxony on a journey that will take me through Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Bangkok with the final flight taking me to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. From there I have neither planned nor booked anything else apart from my return flight leaving Bangkok sometime in June. The rough idea is that we will make our way south, linking up with friends from the United Kingdom along the way. Throughout this journey I hope to be able to share my stories with you and will try to write as much as time and the availability of wifi permits.
Flying with budget airlines has become a lot more common over the last decade and as a result we now value “premium” airlines more. There are many reason why we value these airlines such as slightly more comfortable seats, the better service and the superior gate locations. However all these little perks aside there is one thing that I valued the most, which in my view is the flagship difference between budget and premium. That is when a little while after reaching cruising altitude a smiling stewardess offers me some drinks and a snack. The quality of this “offering” varies between airlines, with British airways definitely serving more high end treats such as their delicious wraps with exotic ingredients that are preferable to the standard bag of crisps. Now for reasons unknown to me BA has decided to stop offering this complementary service on short haul flights (under 5 hours).
Continue reading “British Airways. A fall from grace”
There has been a revolution in Germany. For years trains have had a monopoly on travel, at least at distances where flying was inefficient or not available. As there was no real competitor the German train system has gotten inefficient and their prices shot sky-high unhindered by the lack of rivals. But this has drastically changed over recent years as there is a new player on the market. Flix Bus. This long distance bus operator is now carrying over 20 million passengers in Germany per year, with predictions going for over 25 million in the years to come. (After Flix Bus took over its biggest rival Postbus it now owns 90%+ of the bus market share). Over 45% of the passengers would normally travel by train and 30% would take the car. This is serious competition for the Deutsche Bahn as there are many advantages for travelling by bus. Continue reading “The dawn of the Bus -The end of the train ?”
Today I decided to compare the two train systems I used the most not just for a comparative article but to let out my anger for one of them. Continue reading “The train systems of England and Germany. Worlds apart.”
Anybody who has ever flown into London has had to make a decision (or has had one made for him) that is which airport to fly to. I will leave out Gatwick for now and focus on Heathrow and Stansted. One of which I find rather pleasant the other I despise more than almost any other airport in the world.
Heathrow, not the easiest airport to access but there is a plus, the Heathrow express that goes every 15 minuets and takes only 15 minuets. I love the express, super comfy, lots of space, fast, quiet, there is wifi, there are plugs and it normally runs on time. Stansted Express on the other hand is a nightmare, it takes ages to reach central London and it has the quality of the midnight train from Bangalore to Mumbai. Not a good start for Stansted. Going to get your tickets in Heathrow is fairly comfortable, its not to difficult to go from terminal to terminal and everything is easy to find. It’s Ok, especially compared to that building site they call airport in the north of the city. Walking through Stansted makes you feel like you are walking through that Berlin airport they have been building for an eternity. Its dirty, everything is broken and it is simply not build well. Continue reading “Battle of the London Airports”
We all know the feeling – after busy time at the pre-gate Airport, queuing to get your ticket, queuing for passport control, having to take yourself and your luggage apart for the security screening and back together to finally go to the seating area there is often one last hurdle. A gruelling walk through Duty Free. Old airports like Newark, NJ thankfully don’t have this but I am afraid the trend is to included these forced walks through Duty free. Examples include the latest Heathrow terminal or some of Stansted’s terminals where there is no other way to go to your gate than through Duty free. And what a PAIN that is!
Continue reading “Don’t do this ! (unless you are Naples airport)”