30th November 2010.
When you can wake up alive and see the sun on a frozen autumn morning it must be good, knowing you are going home to warm up makes it feel even more special. I have packed now and sent some messages to friends online, I said goodbye to the cat. I carried my bags downstairs. My friend was getting her dog checked at the vet for his flight papers; he needs this check up with his passport to say he is ok to fly and that he is not sick.
While waiting for the host to pick me up I go outside a take last minute photos of snow and ice and enjoy the warm sun on this clear day. About an hour later my host arrives with my friend and the dog. We go to town to meet the student that arrived from holidays, he was kind enough to organize and buy the train tickets for us to go to the airport. We said goodbye and waited for the train.
The train ride to the airport was nice and smooth, we got there with 4 hours to spare and found the Lufthansa desk. I had to now pay for the change in my ticket. I went and got my ticket and waited, I saw that there were free drinks and chocolates so I helped myself. I waited a little longer and waited more, about 3 hours later my friend was signaling me from downstairs to say she was going to check in. I asked the lady at the desk about the time it was taking, there were still 150 people in front of me which at the current rate are about 2 more hours. I had 35 minutes left to check in and I did not want to miss this flight. I asked the lady at the desk what why so many people, she explained the airport had been shut the day before and they are doing their best to organize flights for everyone. I explained all I had to do was pay for the change to my ticket. She told me to go to a cashiers counter and explain she sent me. It was all organized and I could finally go and check in. I had 25 minutes until the flight closed. The lady says she has to wait for an update on the flight, “please come back in 15 minutes”, sure ok.
I was nearly pacing but manage to make myself sit down, I just amused myself, I was watching the security guys walking around, armed with side arms and shot guns, I think this is a more effective way to deter possible criminals, It works for me, I wouldn’t misbehave here, Thailand or Malaysia. It gives me the sense of “we take security seriously” unlike another airport I have been to many times. I go back after 15 minutes and check in walk very fast to my gate and get there with 10 minutes to spare. I am glad we left 6 hours early, I had hoped to have 2 hours to relax before boarding, silly me. Ha-ha.