Stockholm is NOT a short-cut to London

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Outbound over familiar territory
 

My SAS flight took off from Chicago within minutes of its 4:25 p.m. scheduled departure. I followed our progress on the small screen in the seat-back in front of me. We angled northeast along the Lake Michigan shoreline, crossed directly over the Mackinac Bridge, then proceeded over northeast Canada toward Greenland. I had seen much of the world on those in-flight maps but never my own town so that was pretty exciting.

 

When I checked the route map in the airline's in-flight magazine I was stunned - and bummed out - to learn that Stockholm is NOT on the way to London at all but far beyond my destination. The trip would require a 2.5 hour aerial back-track. Of all my world travels, I was not familiar with the Scandinavian countries in relation to Europe and now my ignorance would cost at least five hours in travel time, not counting the two-hour stop in Sweden.

Control tower at Arlanda
What was I thinking when I bought the ticket? Well, I wasn't. Next time I'll check the globe, maybe one of those portable inflatable ones, to double-check the most direct route.

 

When I got the ticket, on-line, I requested a window seat since I could at least get a glimpse of Swedish countryside on our approach. But I was given an aisle seat instead. Also, just to see what I would get, I checked 'Hindu' for my preferred meal request. That turned out to be a fine meal of rice, chicken, and curry which was rather nice. For the second meal, however, we were handed ham and cheese sandwiches. As I was about to unwrap mine, the stewardess realized I was Hindu, grabbed it, and replaced it with one of lettuce and cucumber. Grrrrr.

 

I didn't see city at all as we approached Stockholm; instead, thick green pine forests surrounding the airport. It resembled flying into Fairbanks or Anchorage, Alaska, with fresh and cool air of the higher latitudes.

 

 

Vikram says:
Lettuce!
Posted on: Sep 22, 2012
Africancrab says:
Ha-haa! funny Dan indeed Stockholm is not a short cut to London
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
cneoridium says:
I did almost the same thing this year, SAS has those low fares that lure you into transiting through their airports, really far north : )
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
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Outbound over familiar territory
Outbound over familiar territory
Control tower at Arlanda
Control tower at Arlanda
The ramp at Arlanda
The ramp at Arlanda
Display at Arlanda
Display at Arlanda
Stockholm
photo by: EmyG