In order to get a good deal on tickets, I’m willing to fly a bit out of the way; okay a lot out of the way. My flight home from Sweden was not only long, but ended up being longer than anticipated.
The journey started out decently. I found a cheap flight to Istanbul on AtlasGlobal which arrived late on the Saturday night, with plenty of time to make my connection. Since these were two separate tickets I wanted to allow for a lot of time in case something went wrong; luckily, it didn’t. AtlasGlobal is a discount carrier based in Turkey, but they are much better than any other “discount” airline I’ve flown, such as EasyJet or Ryan Air. The flight from Stockholm to Istanbul was on time, and fairly pleasant. With free food, free drinks, and a row to myself, it was a lot better than many flights in North America. I will say that someone was allowing their children to run up and down the aisle, jumping on seats. Some people just have no clue. I was close to saying something, but then the drink cart came by and blocked them in the back of the plane for a while… and the wine also helped. Continue reading
So if you remember from one of my previous posts (Stockholm for a Whole Week!) I had a trip planned to visit my friend in Stockholm; well I’ve finally gotten around to typing up our adventures!
Firstly, the trip over went fairly well. I made all my connections, got to check out a number of lounges and made it to Stockholm just under 24 hours later 🙂 My voyage started bright and early (well not really that bright) in Vancouver as I had booked a separate ticket down to SFO to start my international trip. Luckily I was upgraded on my SEA-SFO flight (thanks Alaska!) and got a few other surprise things (free Starbucks card!) which made this a great start to my trip.
So I’ve got another crazy trip coming up! If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you would not find this shocking. The surprising part is that I’m actually spending a whole 6 days in Stockholm! The crazy part is just they way I get there. I never spend that much time in one place, so it should be fun! I’m going to visit a friend who just bought a house there (although I really don’t need a reason to visit) and I managed to get a fantastic deal on airfare!
It’s a bit convoluted…My routing is as follows:
- YVR-SEA-SFO on Alaska
- SFO-AMS-ARN on KLM
- ARN-IST on Atlas Global
- IST-CDG on Air France
- CDG-SEA-SFO on Delta
- SFO-SEA-YVR on Alaska
Okay, so I might have done a bit of a bad thing. I bought another airline ticket. I know this doesn’t seem bad, and it was a really good deal, so I should have just gone for it, right? Well I did.
If you’re thinking of heading over to Europe in the fall, there are some great business class deals! Most of them seem to be on KLM/Delta/Air France and are about $1500-$1700 CAD round trip, which is an AMAZING deal for business class. It usually costs just that much to do a last minute upgrade both ways. So I’m heading to Stockholm to see my friend’s new house! and perhaps meet up with some other peeps along the way.
One of my favourite things to do in California is to go wine tasting. There is definitely not A lack of places to choose from in the Bay Area.
Sunday I headed over to two wineries near Cupertino: Cooper Garrod and Picchetti Winery. Both are set in the Santa Cruz mountains just a short drive from the city.
Cooper Garrod has a neat tasting room in one of the old buildings on the property and plenty of room for a picnic or just space to enjoy a glass or two of wine outside. Tastings are $10 for a flight, with complementary tastings for members. Being a member means we got to try quite a few of the wines as well as a very nice 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon… Mmmmmm so yummy! They have some unique blends of wine and their “test pilot” wine is a very nice red blend, would definitely recommend it as a good place to stop.
First adventure of the blog!
We are a starting out small for this one… A quick trip down to California for the long weekend. Hmmmm should be a nice easy trip…
Things started out alright: minimal long weekend traffic, no line at the border (yay nexus, although the regular line was only 20 min), quick trip to Bellingham…. Only to find out my first flight was delayed, making it basically impossible to make the earlier flight to SFO as I had planned (the connection was too tight to make an official booking, but I was hoping I’d make it). It was okay as I had been upgraded on the flight down to San Fran. I killed some time in Bellingham before heading to the airport.