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

En G??etta

What is this phrase? It’s the Swiss phrase one says before everyone eats, equivalent to bon appetite in French or buon appetito in Italian. I’m not sure precisely how this translates, I always think something like “enjoy” but that is just me, no actual Swiss people were consulted in the writing of this post.

One of the things I notice in Switzerland is people wait until everyone is served, people say en güeta* and then everyone eats. It’s nice if a little slow sometimes; being American there is just a built-in “hey, let’s dig in, consume the calories, and move on”. It’s very social. It’s also the case that things like “cheers”, “prossit”, “sante” and other equivalents are more sincere on the Continent than in the States.

Which led me to a question: what is the English equivalent of en güeta or bon appetite? I have pondered a bit. I know I have heard “bon appetite” but it usually has a slightly ironic flavor, for example being used only when the group is about to eat something sort of nasty, like a McDonald’s slurp-fest. If you read this and know the answer, please use the comments to help me out. It’s starting to feel like a real cultural difference, you know, the kind I was looking for when we moved to Europe. Basically in America we don’t really have anything to start the meal off (assuming you skip saying grace).

  • en güeta is sort of pronounced “en gwetta” or perhaps “en goo ett a” depending on who is saying it. I busted out a line the other day about Swiss German: the regions for each dialect are so small that sometimes family members cannot understand one another. I thought it was a pretty good line and one of those witty things I would use for years to come. Then my colleague (hi Roger) informed me that it’s actually true. Well hell, it’s not as funny if it’s actually true. Another line busted.