Meet Henry!

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Drinking coffee
I’d like to introduce you to my new travel companion hereby named Henry. I wanted to name him Rupert, but it wasn’t very fitting. Then, the name Henry came to mind. He seemed okay with it, so meet Henry.

If you are asking yourself, is that the Travelocity Gnome that is also in Amazing Race? Yes, yes it is. I first saw a Henry-look alike on Tracy’s Facebook profile photo, and I thought “I didn’t know those were available”. I asked her where she got it and she said her boss gave it to her. Then I thought that wouldn’t it be funny if I travelled with one, but Tracy beat me to it. She took her gnome on her journey to Australia…shy of a few days before I took mine on the road. I quickly ordered Henry through the website in hopes of receiving him before my next trip.
Enjoying the Maple Leaf Lounge YYZ
I tracked Henry’s journey from OH to Toronto via UPS including his “jail time” at customs hoping that he will get to me in time. Luck was on our side; Henry arrived just two hours before I left the house. I quickly unwrapped Henry from his styrofoam box and put him in my backpack. So en route to the airport we go, just early enough with ample time for check in and time to take advantage of the Maple Leaf Lounge offering. I wanted Henry’s first overseas travel with me in style. We may not be flying first class today, but we certainly get first class treatment. He-he-he-he.

On to the first leg of our flight ��" a 7-hour gate-to-gate flight from Toronto to Frankfurt. It was a pleasant flight over all. A flight attendant noticed Henry looking out the window and commented on how funny he looked.
Checking over our car booking.
He didn’t mind being noticed.

We arrived in Frankfurt at 0730 this morning a little tired. I personally got no more than 20 minutes of light sleep. A kid on the next aisle kept screaming. It wasn’t the kid’s fault after I investigated. Her mother kept wanting to put her to sleep when clearly she wants to walk up and down the aisle (I figured this out after noticing that she is most quiet when she was walking and would start screaming as her mother force-cradled her to sleep). But çe la vie as they say. I have 6 hours to kill in Frankfurt before our second leg of the flight to our destination ��" Dubai. Thankfully, I am a Super Elite Member so I am milking as much of it as I can when I travel. We originally asked to be dropped off at the Business Class Lounge in Frankfurt to pass the time ��" free food, couches, a TV, and clean toilets.
En route to Frankfurt.
But we were turned away…apparently there is a much better lounge where we qualify. The Lufthansa folks told us to go to the Senator’s Lounge. Now there is much better free food (full breakfast in fact but minus eggs and bacon), a full alcohol bar, much business desk to work from and get internet access, rows and rows of leather comfy chairs, two big screen TVs, very clean toilets and even shower rooms! I think we’ll like passing the time here. I do need a nap now that I’ve had a nice typical European breakfast (minus the beer and Nutella ��" I still can’t bring myself to do that).

So with that, Henry and I now leave you. We need to take a power nap and then freshen up before our next flight….6 hours later.
tkoskip13 says:
wha a cute story! :)
Posted on: Feb 14, 2009
toddster184 says:
Ive never heard of that movie before...now i have to search for it.
Posted on: Nov 24, 2008
ilysa says:
Actually I watched a kind of movie like these. Two friends helping each other needs, one a flight stewardess who has a cat that she needs someone to take care of when she is away, and the other one who has a retiree father that she wants to enjoy his remaining life but he never want too. But got an idea to exchange this favor to her , the cat and that Henry in their backyard. She made a deal to exhange pictures of Henry in different countries of course the flight stewardess made it all for her to show to her Father that he have to travel and enjoy life. So for you guys out there......Henry has a meaning to everybody who had watched that movie...Im sorry I forgot the title....hehe
Posted on: Nov 24, 2008
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Drinking coffee
Drinking coffee
Enjoying the Maple Leaf Lounge YYZ
Enjoying the Maple Leaf Lounge YYZ
Checking over our car booking.
Checking over our car booking.
En route to Frankfurt.
En route to Frankfurt.
Saying bye bye to snowy Toronto
Saying bye bye to snowy Toronto
I want to watch a movie!
"I want to watch a movie!"
Landing in Frankfurt
Landing in Frankfurt
Riding the transport at the Frankf…
Riding the transport at the Frank…
Cold cuts and cheese for breakfas…
"Cold cuts and cheese for breakfa…
Is this German lunch?
"Is this German lunch?"
Lounging around the Lufthansas Se…
Lounging around the Lufthansa's S…
On Lufthansa en route to Dubai
On Lufthansa en route to Dubai
Beds.....at last!!!!
"Beds.....at last!!!!"
Gnite!
G'nite!
Dubai
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