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Emirates Airlines, Business Class – Airbus A 380: Dubai to Amsterdam

I awake to my 43rd birthday at five in the morning at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai. I’ve spent the whole week giving a course in Al Ain and now it’s finally time to head home. So I shall be spending … Continue reading

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British Airways, Business Class – Airbus A 320: London Heathrow to Basel

TRANSFER IN HEATHROW I just arrived in London from Madrid on a Boeing 777-200. By the time the bus ejects me on the ground floor of Terminal 5, I have one hour left to make my connection to Basel. So … Continue reading

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British Airways, Club Class – Boeing B 777-200: Madrid to London Heathrow

TRANSFER IN BARAJAS My flight from Jerez comes to a standstill on stand K103, which is the one but last stand on the north side of Madrid’s terminal 4. My onward connection will be departing from gate S35 in the … Continue reading

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Iberia, Economy Class – Airbus A 319: Jerez to Madrid

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT After two months on the ground, I finally resumed my travels last Friday with a flight from Zürich to Madrid and then from there on to Jerez, where I gave a presentation on the implementation of … Continue reading

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Mamà Framboise, Madrid

Mamà Framboise is a confiserie and patisserie with various shops scattered around Madrid. I visited the one in the Recoleto quarter of the city, which is located on the ground floor of a mall just off the surprisingly named Plaza … Continue reading

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Segovia, Spain

Segovia lies about 70 kilometres north of Madrid. To reach the town by train, you have to catch a RENFE mid-haul train from Chamartin, which is the main station for all trains heading north from the Spanish capital. The journey … Continue reading

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Reaction from Lufthansa to my flight experience Ancona – Munich

Following my rather alarming experience with Lufthansa on the flight from Ancona to Munich, during which the cabin was not properly checked and secured before take-off and landing – which resulted in one particular piece of hand luggage not being … Continue reading

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Luxair, Economy Class – Dash 8-400: Luxembourg to Paris

INTRODUCTION For my return trip back to Basel I normally take the KLM flight at 18h20, which gets me into Basel at 21h45. But today I’ve decided to travel via Paris, mainly due to the fact that my meeting already … Continue reading

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Shame on you Lufthansa!

I’m on my way back from Ancona to Munich on LH1959. I am seated by the window on 6A. Across the aisle on 5F a gentleman is sitting on his own. The aisle seat next to him on 5D is … Continue reading

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Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Santo Stefano de Sessanio is a small, beautiful medieval town high up in the Abruzzi. For many years most of the village lay in ruins, a situation that was exacerbated by the fierce earthquake that shook L’Aquila in 2009 during … Continue reading

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