A Business Class flight with our son

While travelling for holidays, we almost always fly at Economy class. Of course we very rarely appreciate a free upgrade or use our frequent flyer points for a Business Class. But once in a lifetime (or maybe more than once in a life time) we like to pamper ourselves with a business class flight especially if it is a long haul flight. Thinking that Australia is a longest haul flight that might ever be, that’s what we did and flew with Ethiad Airways Business Class to Sydney. That’s a journey that you wish it never ends. Almost unlimited space, almost unlimited in flight entertainment, almost unlimited fine wine and dine.

Our Business flight included a 4-hour-flight and than another 14-hour-flight, with a good 2 hours waiting in between in Abu Dhabi. Another excitement of the travel was, it was our first time ever flight with Ethiad Airways. Another excitement of the travel was, my shortest ever birthday.

Sooo, after a nice waiting in the lounge (with our son eating lots of sushi) we got on the plane with a nice surprise seeing how each of us had a tiny room for ourselves.

Almost unlimited legroom

Almost unlimited legroom

Need time to find out all

Need time to find out all

 

Nice cushions to relax and magazines to read

Nice cushions to relax and magazines to read

And a side table with my famous orange juice

And a side table with my famous orange juice

Here I answer the ever wondered question: Yes, this orange juice tastes much more richer than a Tropiacana in our local market and yes you are not allowed to sit in Business unless you drink the orange juice.

After a 4-hour flight with a very nice dinner included, we arrived to Abu Dhabi, late in the evening, and our planned 2 hour waiting, increased to a 4 hour waiting with a few hours of delay of Sydney flight. Thanks God we were travelling in Business, and thanks God that meant to wait in the Business Lounge of Abu Dhabi airport. So we had another dinner at the lounge with Arab mezes and varieties of Baklava deserts.

Afterwards, our longest ever flight and my shortest ever birthday started. We got on the plane almost at midnight, flew 14 hours, included a good nights sleep, a birthday cake with birthday celebration and a fine breakfast, which was meant to be in the morning, but was actually in the afternoon of Sydney. When we finally got off the plane, finished with the passport controls and a security control (just as shown in the “Border Security” documentary series) it was already late in the evening and my birthday was already over.

Fine wine and dine

Fine wine and dine

Celebrating to be 40

Celebrating to be 40

What do you do when you miss a flight?

When you start travelling quite a lot, you also start to experience some unexpected circumstances. The worst of all in my opinion are: 1. lost luggage (Please see my post about New York) and 2. missing flight. 

Yes, as you have already guessed, we experienced them both. I missed flight twice. One was in Moscow, but it was a business trip, so not in the context of this blog, but the second one was this year on our trip to Warsaw, in our travel with our son.

A family travel is so much different from a business trip. First of all, you pay it all yourself. That’s why, you try to get most out of it, with minimum hours, minimum days, maximum points of interest to see. That’s why when I plan all our activities, minutes by minutes, hours and hours and than miss a flight or any other kind of delay, I really really get upset. And when this happening is beyond my will and ability, that’s even worse.

Our journey started very normal. Our flight was Lufthansa, with a connection flight in Munich, with a good 1,5 hours in between. However, when we got to the Munich airport, and headed for our next flight gate, we found out a huge crowd of people in long queues. At first we did not panic about it, as we still had another hour for our flight, but as time went by and there was hardly any move in our queue, we asked politely to people in our front, to allow us to the front. When we came at the very front, we understood why it took the queues so long to walk. Here I want to ask, if anyone has any idea about why on earth this “liquid limitations” are different in every single airport in the world. As I have previously told about it, since we lost our luggage in a New York flight, we try to travel with one carry-on luggage each, especially if there is a connection flight in our travel.  And in my luggage there is a slightly blue bag for toiletries, which can be sealed and everything inside can be seen. In about 25 countries I have been so far, I have carried it in my carry-on luggage without any problem (Including in our previous Germany flights) However, one despot German guard thinks that this is beyond the “liquid limitations” and decides that, all our luggage should be opened and checked because of that. Moreover, this despot German guard wants to do it while your name is already announced twice. More moreover, this despot German guard does this in the slowest motion a human can do. Well, we just said, “take whatever you like and leave us” and ran to the gate, which we found out that it was in the furthest point possible at the airport. Is Murphy in love with us?

Well, you know how the story ended. When we got to the gate, the gate was already closed. After laying on the chairs for some time for our heart rate to get to normal rates, we went to the Lufthansa desk to ask for a new flight to Warsaw. Luckily, there was a flight about 4 hours later and we were not charged extra for the next flight, as the airport was overcrowded than expected, because of a bank holiday in Germany.

When you start travelling quite a lot you learn to be happy with small things and be flexible. Thanks God, there was another flight the same day. Thanks God, Munich is a nice airport to look around. Thanks God, my L’ocitane staff were in their original pack, so that the despot German guard did not take them. So here what we did afterwards.

Try the things we buy

Try the things we buy

We did some unnecessary shopping and bought things that when we got back home, we never know, where they are and we never remembered to take them with us in our next travel.

Football cards

Football cards

Our son bought the football cards that were triple of the price compared to our country. He even does not fancy football. Total waste of money.

Looking at the books

Looking at the books

With our son we found an interesting book of Kunst Aufraumen, by Ursus Wehrli. We did not buy this one, as we had loads of time to look at it all in the shop. Some pics from inside:

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

A detail from the book

More about the Warsaw trip will be coming soon.