Before leaving Switzerland, we spent a night out by the airport as we both had morning flights the next day. We arrived at the Radisson Blu hotel and checked in for our last night in Switzerland. I was looking forward to the stay as they have a huge vertical wine library in the center of the hotel. After finding our room, which faced the inner courtyard (and the wine), we made our way down to watch the acrobats fetch requested bottles from the tower. It’s actually a neat thing to watch and would suggest having a glass or two if you ever find yourself at this hotel or have some extended time at the airport (since it’s outside security.)
If you’ve noticed, this trip was dubbed “Maybe Liechtenstein” (you can search the #maybeliechtenstein hashtag on Instagram to see more fun photos) because we were never really quite sure if we’d make it to the small land locked country. But we packed up and left our Airbnb in Zurich and once again hopped on the train. We started with a train ride through Switzerland to Sargens, the main stop closest to the border. Once you get to this station, you can either take a bus directly to Vaduz, the capital, or take a local train one stop north and then a short bus ride across to the city. We opted for the bus since we had to transfer to a second bus in order to make it to our hotel, Hotel Kulm, located in the mountains just above the city.
If you’ve been following along on my Instagram or Facebook page, you know I’ve been running around Asia for the last two weeks. I haven’t had much time to update my blog, but I’ll be getting back to that soon (once I recover from my jet-lag). In the meantime, I though I’d share a few pictures from Japan, where we spent two weeks.
I loved it and I am definitely looking forward to heading back. Until then, I’ll just leave these here… Continue reading →
I love taking trains! Maybe not as much as Sheldon (BBT reference), but I still think it’s such a fun way to travel. Luckily Switzerland seems to share my option. The train system in the country is fantastic! After deciding to take a last minute day trip to Lucerne, we booked some super saver tickets. You can only book these on the app or online so it’s a good idea to check there first. Unlike normal tickets, you’re locked in to a specific train but get a really good deal. You can find more information on the SBB website.
I left Paris and hopped on my Air France flight to Zurich (still a part of my points ticket) and I got a chance to visit the Air France lounge for Schengen flights. Unfortunately it was far away from my gate since the one closest to my gate was under construction. The lounge was still a nice place to relax before the relatively short flight. There were lots of drink options, including bottles of Evian, wine, and liquor, and a decent selection of food and snacks. My flight was nothing too special, due to the short duration and the fact that “European Business Class” is just regular seats with the middle blocked out.
After a short hop from Paris, I arrived in Zurich slightly before my friend, who was coming from a connecting flight in Amsterdam. There was some crazy weather and most of the flights that day had been cancelled, except for hers luckily! I tried to meet her at the gate, but the plane ended up being diverted to the auxilary gates with a bus ride to the terminal. We ended up meeting at baggage claim to pick up her luggage. Of course, she made the flight but sadly her bag did not, due to a super tight connection. After filing the appropriate paperwork, we were off to Zurich. Continue reading →
As I sit here in the final stages of cleaning my apartment, I’m realizing it really hasn’t looked this good since I moved in. But why am I cleaning it? Because I’m subletting my apartment to help fund my travels for the next two months.
After looking at my Calendar for September and October, I realized I’d be lucky to hit double digits of days I’m actually in Vancouver. Since it kinda bothered me that my place would just be sitting empty most of the time, I decided to embrace the nomad lifestyle and put everything in storage (aka other people’s houses) and see what I could accomplish in two months. Continue reading →
This trip started way back when I thought I would need a ticket back from Europe in March. I found some award space on American Airlines from Zurich to NYC to LAX and home. As it turns out, I ended up not being in Europe, so instead of cancelling the ticket I looked for a flight to get me over to Europe instead. I lucked out and found a points flight from Vancouver to Paris! It’s been so long since I have spent more than a day in Paris, I took it as a sign and booked it on the spot! And then I was able to tag on a flight to Zurich on the same ticket which made it easy to get back home again.
Unlike many of my trips, this one involved a direct flight 😮 Air France YVR-CDG on a 777-200 with the new business class! These seats are reverse herringbone seats so they’re nice and private even though they’re not entirely sectioned off. I was able to score a single window seat (the seats are arranged 1-2-1) which made it even better!
So after getting my fill of snow in Utah, it was time to head off to the dessert in California. I usually try to not waste a lot of time at the airport and end up cutting it fairly close when it comes to checking in, but this time I surprised even myself. After scheduling the 5am shuttle from my hotel, we actually ended up leaving at 5:05am, at which point I was starting to get a little worried as my flight was at 6am. A slightly stressful drive over to the airport went smoothly and I went straight to the counter to drop of my bags (thank you priority check-in!) and walked over to security. As I was heading through the security check I got a notification that my flight was boarding, so I picked up my bags on the other side, walked to the gate, and straight on to the plane. From the time I left the hotel to the time I was sitting in my seat on the plane was a mere 20 min! I think that will be my personal best for quite a while. Continue reading →
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 →
It’s been a busy few months, and I really have to catch up on editing and posting all my blog posts, but I thought I’d do a quick summary of what’s coming 🙂
Firstly, I’m going to finish off my Swedish adventure with my long trip home (trust me, it was a journey!) and then the next big trip will be my travels in February! I was barely home for a month, jumping around between Utah, California, and over to Paris, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein!