Off to Berlin!

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This is another one of my crazy trips to meet up with friends who are working an international convention abroad.  This year's convention is in Berlin, and I am so excited to get over there and see it.  Berlin has always been a dream destination -- so much history, so much culture.  Plus, this will allow me to keep my new year's resolution by visiting a new country again this year.  My friends and I looked at a lot of options -- St. Petersburg, Russia; Krakow and Warsaw, Poland; and Stockholm, Sweden.  In the end, we settled on Copenhagen, Denmark as I was able to find some cheap airfare there on Sterling Air's website.

I used my frequent flier miles to get to Berlin, and had enough to fly First or Business Class thanks to lots of business travel.  Because I used miles, I was at the mercy of the carriers' designated seats for non-revenue travel, so was sent to Chicago and on to London Heathrow on American Airlines, then British Airways on to Berlin Tegel airport.  The return was more convoluted -- Aer Lingus from Berlin Schonefeld to Dublin, Ireland; Aer Lingus again to Boston; then American to Chicago, and finally back to Austin.  It was a lot of time in the air, but worth it to be able to make the trip!

My flight to Chicago was uneventful -- Super 80, no meal.  The gentleman seated next to me was pretty interesting to speak with -- he's a sports writer for a national magazine -- writes about hunting and fishing.  He was on his way to Mackinaw Island on Lake Michigan to do a story on fishing for Coho Salmon there. 

Had a three hour layover at O'Hare.  We were to leave for London at 9:50pm, but were delayed for about an hour due to air traffic and weather (typical of O'Hare).  My original flight plan was to fly into Gatwick, take a train to Heathrow, and then fly to Tegel -- thank goodness this one opened up, as the train intra-London sounded like a nightmare!  I think I have a cracked rib from a fall I had on a biking event last week, so lifting luggage is not a lot of fun right now.  My flight to Heathrow was awesome!  Boeing 777 with seats that fold down flat!  I had a delightful flight attendant named Deanne -- funny, attentive and not too intrusive.  The flight took about 7 hours -- I caught a 3 hour sleep after watching The History Boys on the video.  Deanne woke me up about an hour and a half out of Heathrow and I had an omelette and tea as we flew over Ireland as the sun was coming up.  Very beautiful skies!

sylviandavid says:
Tim you got spoiled on that flight! How wonderful for you..... fun to read..... Sterling Air.... I need to look that up..... take care. Sylvia
Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
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