Sudden trip to Zürich

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Cyc4Lib 2011: Copenhagen-Berlin
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This is a story how I managed to get to Copenhagen.

My bags were packed, on-line check-in for my direct flight to Copenhagen done, and Birmingham, the city of outgoing flight, reached. I overnighted at my friend’s place, so the next morning I could go to the airport. I was at the student party, and it was already late when I received text message that my flight to Copenhagen was cancelled. No explanations, just a sentence:

is cancelled 

The next morning I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to take my bags with me and have a talk with Scandinavian Airlines. I arrived in airport one hour earlier than I had planned. The solution they offered was acceptable. In less than an hour I had a flight to Zürich and then I had a connecting flight to Copenhagen. As the result I was in Copenhagen only half an hour later than I would be with the cancelled flight.

My trip was time-consuming (almost 5 hours long!) and awkward – I crossed Denmark and Germany to get to Zürich and then from Zürich I headed to Copenhagen.

Metro to the Copenhagen city centre: reflection

I would like to accent the positive facets of my trip:

  • I saw the mountains next to Zürich Airport (I can’t resist to mountains and waters);
  • I saw amazing bridge and wind turbines in the middle of the sea when we passed by Nykøbing Falster;
  • I had a chance to take a look at our cycle route (the Danish part);
  • The Scandinavian Airlines service seemed really good – friendly stewards, informative screens (with actual information of time and destination to distance, departure and destination time, altitude, speed, temperature and interactive map showing us where are we now), not to mention cartoons (Tom & Jerry) and Swiss chocolate.

Wind turbines

Oh yes, here comes the explanation why my flight was cancelled – not because of volcano! 😀 The flight was cancelled due aircraft technical problems.

The most important thing is – I’m here, in Copenhagen. And tomorrow morning I’m going to find a bike for “Cycling for libraries”. And also two of my colleagues – Ilze and Irina – have reached Copenhagen safe and sound. Stay tuned.. 😉


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