#2224 – The Last Full Week of 2018

ENGLISH This week is the last full week of 2018. And because my year-end trip this year starts much later than usual, I … worked as normal this week! Well, not on Tuesday and Wednesday, of course, because these were public holiday in the Netherlands. But here, Monday, Thursday, and Friday were all regular working…

#2223 – 2018 in Review

ENGLISH The year of 2018 is coming to an end, and so it is the time for my annual yearly review just like previously in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Though I want to shake things up a little bit this year. Unlike my “usual” chronological style in those posts from previous years,…

#2222 – The 2018 Year-End Trip (The Destinations)

ENGLISH Since I moved to the Netherlands in 2010, I have had a streak of going on a trip at the end of a year. Well, 2011 being an exception, of course, haha; but other than that year, I went to Italy in 2010, France and Italy in 2012, England in 2013, India in 2014, USA (Boston and New York) and…

#2221 – A Delayed Flight Story

ENGLISH So I went on a weekend trip to Barcelona at the end of November, and for this trip I took the following routing: I took KLM’s direct Amsterdam-Barcelona late afternoon flight to Barcelona; and the Joon/Air France Barcelona-Paris-Amsterdam combo to get back to Amsterdam with a scheduled 1 hour and 20 minutes of transfer time in…

#2220 – This Year’s Winter Solstice

ENGLISH Yesterday was the winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it was the day with the shortest day light in 2018. In fact … yep, the sun rose at 08:48 and already set at 16:29, meaning only 7 hours and 41 minutes of daylight! Depressing, wasn’t it? Haha 😛 But the flip side of…

#2219 – A Fall Weekend in Sunny Barcelona

ENGLISH I was happy to choose Barcelona as a destination for a short weekend trip this November, even though I already went to Madrid just two weeks prior. It felt like Spain was always a great choice for a short European getaway in November because … the weather was very pleasant! Just like in Madrid,…

#2218 – Some Recent December Stories

ENGLISH If I was happy two weekends ago when I could finally get some rest, I was actually even happier this weekend! It was for the same reason as back then, though; I had a short weekend trip, to Lyon this time around, the weekend prior. If anything, this trip turned out to be more physically…

#2217 – Staying Platinum

ENGLISH Last year, I qualified for the Platinum status on Flying Blue, Air France/KLM’s frequent flyer programme, for the first time ever. Right after my KLM flight KL964 from Newcastle to Amsterdam, which sealed my Platinum deal, was registered, I was able to start enjoying the Platinum benefit (namely, assigning myself a complimentary Economy Comfort…