Unfortunately I was flying not on my normal airline but a partner airline. That limited my ability to upgrade and I refuse to pay for the upgrade. The price is just way too high (it was something like $4,000 difference for the trip). Call me cheap I guess – even with other peoples money. Fortunately, since I am a 1K member, they at least give me decent seats in coach. I had a bulkhead seat with infinite leg room – so it was not horrible (actually, it was pretty good). Although the beginning of the flight was a bit scary as a family was in the middle set of seats – the plane was a 2-5-2 configuration (hint: always go for the window seat on an overnight flight – that way you might step over someone, but you won’t have someone constantly trying to step over you all night long). There were 2 parents and 3 kids – small kids – very young kids. Kids that scream and cry. In my row. And screaming and crying they were… Until the plane took off. And then they slept the entire flight. That worked out nicely.
Anyway – now I am 7 hours off my time zone, trying to get adjusted for the week. Monday and Tuesday in Helsinki – fly to London on Wednesday (get 2 hours back) and then fly to Munich for next week (lose an hour again). My plan involved walking a lot today (done), eating relatively early and trying to get to sleep before 10pm local time. I just hope that what happened to me in December doesn’t happen again. In December I was in Oslo and Zurich for a week. The first half went great sleep wise – then on Wednesday and Thursday – I woke up at 2am in the morning. Not just “woke up”, but totally “woke up”. Sitting in bed and reading “woke up”. Made the rest of the day very long.
One thing I do like about being in Europe is that when I finish my email in the morning – it stays finished, sometimes for hours. That never happens at home – many times by the time I’ve plowed through my email in the morning – I’ve gotten more email. It is nice to have it “done” and have it stay done for a while.
Really looking forward to Munich next weekend. Monday is a holiday so I’ll get an extra day to poke around. Thanks much for the suggestions on what to see, I’ll be using them. Definitely looking forward to the Beer and Sausage (love good sausages).