10 years ago – waiting in Zurich for our visas

10 years ago we had surrendered our Swiss visas in order to move to France. We went to the French consulate in Zurich, and, with stunning efficiency decided we needed to wait several days to get our French visas. The kicker…

  1. We had already closed up our apartment so we needed a hotel

  2. We were essentially stuck in Zurich for days without being able to leave*. Sure, we could wander the surrounding area but we had no formal proof we were okay to be in Switzerland as our passports were at the French consulate.

Needless to say when the person behind the glass window said “well it is August, maybe you get them back in two weeks” I considered a repeat of the attack on the Maginot line. Thankfully I realized that unlike the French Army the French Bureaucracy would never surrender and I better back down, make Bambi eyes, maybe get a kid or two crying (they were great), and just beg.

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  • I know, first world problems. I was a refugee of sorts, an illegal alien. But I knew at any moment I could head to the embassy and take my family out of there. While it was a weird feeling and not a lot of fun to be in Zurich when we wanted to move to Paris already… but not all that dramatic.

10 Years Ago – Gosh I love British Airways | Bricin

This is overall a marginal rant. Overall my flight was fine, the staff at BA was good, etc etc. But flying home yesterday… The flight from Seattle to London went without a hitch. We landed an…

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Ten years goes by awfully fast! We were living in Zurich at the time and for some reason I needed to fly back to Seattle for some set of meetings or another. At the time I didn’t know enough about Microsoft flight policies to simply book a business class flight and not worry about any of the details. Later I flew 600k miles on BA from Paris to Seattle.

Another day, another flight

Flew home on a Delta flight – it feels weird flying Delta after being with Alaska for so long. But in the final analysis Alaska simply doesn’t have enough international partners and it looks like I’ll need that for the next few years.

Interesting the difference between ~Oregon on the flight vs. Seattle.

12 years ago – Scandinavian Airlines Christmas Day 4: Warsaw

Scandinavian Airlines Warsaw! Who wants to go to Warsaw! Okay, given, Tom took his family to Warsaw and said it was great. But I have two things against Warsaw: It’s cold. How cold is it, che…

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For several years Scandinavian Airlines had this awesome nativity calendar. Each day in December you’d jump online, open the little door, and out would pop some ridiculous flight deal to somewhere in Europe. At the time SAS flew from Seattle so these deals could be amazing.

I miss that calendar. I watched it daily and bought several flights.

The funniest part about this post is noting a possible trip to Paris but that it might be rough on the kids. We moved to Paris two years later!

Kebab

I love kebabs. There, I said it. And not US kebabs which are never the right thing. European ones. I first had a kebab back in ’88 in Bremen. Had never heard of such a thing but as drunk food goes it might be the best. When we lived in Europe the kebab was my guilty pleasure. This is a fine example of a kebab in Graz. Not as good as the Parisian version, better than Zürich’s though.

Model T

Lovely old Model T at AAA SoCal.

Imagine driving cross country in something like this? You’d surely need AAA