Somewhat miraculously, I made it. I can’t even begin to describe the clusterf@#$ flying internationally this year has turned out to be. But I made it. I’m in Prague. My bag wisely decided to remain in Seattle, though.
Some good moments:
The flight from PDX to SEA was on the really cool new Q400 “greener” planes. I guess the propeller makes them conserve fuel. I had a smack dab in the middle view of it, and the whirring was mesmerizing. Plus, I could get great shots of Seattle.
And by the way, green Horizon, thanks for being the only exemplary leg of the journey. Props to you not only for the plane but for a free goddamn glass of wine from a local winery and those pretzels-studded-with-ranch-rice-crackers that I like.
And thanks to you, too, Amsterdam. Your airport does not suck, even with the tiff we had and the long run from one end to the other, dodging obstacles and customs officials. I couldn’t have been happier when you rerouted me electronically (even on a different airline)! And you gave me a 50-euro voucher for another KLM flight, plus 10 free euros worth of lox roll, goldfish crackers, and a nice glass of chablis at Bubbles Seafood and Wine Bar. Plus, I really had fun browsing the seeds in your tulip shop. And…
O hai delicious gouda cheese crackers and salty, spicy, black-as-used-up coal licorice bricks called Old Timers Salmiak Klinkers. I agree that having a big delicatessen in the middle of the airport, complete with a giant wall of cheese and sausage and softly smoked and cured fish, is a great idea. Wish I could have bought more. The salmiak klinkers DELIVERED.
I’m not nearly as fond of the Your Luggage is Sleepless in Seattle toiletries pack provided by Czech Airlines. Only in Europe would you find such a thing without shampoo or soap. And the little bottle with a navy cap is tiny roll on deodorant, made in China as a product of France. No offense, but two countries not exactly known for their deodorant. I will be able to take off my makeup (silver pack) and shave (razor and cream) to my heart’s content, though.
Today: shopping! More adventures to come. Wish me luck.