I’ve been a bit slack with updating this, it’s true. It’s been fairly non-stop since landing in Berlin, I’m sneakily writing this while Ingrid creates some culinary masterpiece 🙂
My flights over were quite good, naturally there wasn’t much sleep to be had, but I’m safe and have all my things, which is the important part done. I will now make comment on differences between airlines, prepare yourself as I expose all!
The food on Thai Airways was really good, easily the best I’ve had from an airline. The first meal was a lamb curry with rice and it was hot upon serving (which is fairly rare, normally you get some kind of tepid serving temperature), the rice was perfect and the taste was there! I enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to the next meal they would serve. I’ve taken to drinking red wine on planes to try to get me to sleep, Thai airlines do not offer red wine, or any wine at all for that matter. So I tried a combination of water, beer & whiskey – as recommend by no experts anywhere. After doing some reading, I eventually looked to the onboard entertainment. I’ve never experienced this before, but I smashed some of their computer games: finished them and got a huge score! I actually got bored of being so good hahaha I watched the movie Birdman. Some of you might be aware that I was very interested in watching this film at the cinema when it was out, but in typical fashion, I never make it to the cinema while a film is on that I want to watch. I’m pretty happy I got the chance to on the plane. Even the edited for flight version was really, really good. I’m still thinking over so many aspects of the film, good job to all!
Ok, so that’s done, I land in Bangkok and have like 6 or more hours to kill, without more than Aud$7 in my wallet. I was constantly reminded that this airport is “the largest in the world”, with “more shops” etc etc. I do some laps, it’s all the same boring airport stuff: watches, perfume, alcohol, tobacco, phones, phones, phones and their covers… Like most Eastern airports, this one has nice curves, they had some flower displays set up, a golden temple thingy and generally not enough displays to tell you where you are actually going. The wifi is free for 2 hours, I whatsapp Ingrid for a bit and then decide to go for a walk, looking for my gate, assuming I could then whatsapp from there, that was a bad idea. Didn’t work, the 2 hours were up and I just had to do something for a few more hours until my flight was announced.
Austrian Air is a bit of a different beast to Thai. They do have wine, they don’t do rice. Actually I felt I was forced into only one food “choice” in that they wouldn’t say what else I could choose from.
“Would you like chicken with mash?”
“What else do you have?”
“Chicken with mash….?”
“Do you have a vegetarian option? What about beef?”
“The chicken is nice.”
I ate the chicken and it was ok, very bland, especially compared to Thai Airways food. I read in their magazine that altitude effects your taste, that things like salt & pepper, as well as some spices, are weakened by the pressure they have to keep the cabin at, whereas things like acidity are almost always the same. It’s why their wine is the way it is, the flavour stays truer regardless of altitude. So I had a few wines. Still couldn’t sleep.
I watched the final Hobbit film. That whole series was a waste of time. It really felt like the Days of Our Lives of Tolkien.
Final journey, I started to think about my luggage, which was supposedly checked the whole way through to Berlin, I really hoped it was. When I was standing at the baggage claim, waiting, waiting, waiting, watching so many other people’s bags come and be collected, I started to get a little nervous. There was a guy next to me who seemed intent on completely blocking any view I could have of any bag, that the nervousness really made me a little aggressive – if only he knew the things I was thinking… the bag arrived. Ingrid was there, I swear she looked at me as I came out, but as I approached she was keeping it cool. Somehow she hadn’t seen me and I managed to give her a surprise kiss!!