Well, here I go again!! Another international business trip. As has been the case many times before on prior trips, I’d much prefer taking an alternate airline (Emirates, Qatar, etc.) but our corporate discount with Lufthansa wins out every time – it would appear – and their air fare is lower than the fares for any other airline. Hence, I am obliged to fly Lufthansa. It’s OK, mind you, but the airline rates no higher than “satisfactory” in my humble opinion. Average service and remarkably poor food (I already suffered from what I will delicately call “the runs” as a result of last night’s dinner delight! Yuk!). But, hey, at least they got me here. My flight – LH 441 – departed Houston almost on time (10 minutes late, actually) and arrived at 9:25 am local time (also ten minutes late). By 10:30 am I was on the way to my hotel room for some badly needed rest.
Now I sit comfortably housed in the Sheraton Hotel adjacent to Terminal 1-B. Unlike the airline Lufthansa, Sheraton is familiar with the term “customer service”. When I checked in at the front desk (10:15 am local time), the receptionist gave me an upgrade to the hotel’s “Towers” wing. Nicer rooms, free meals and free Internet. Nothing like giving a tired traveler a break every now and then. Now if I can just get a GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP tonight!!!!
For dinner, I enjoyed a meal of asparagus! That’s right, asparagus is in season here in Germany. So I had asparagus soup, followed by an entree consisiting of 250 grams of white asparagus accompanied by roasted bass. After this fine meal, I sampled a little DISARONNO liqueur … mmm-mmmm good!!
UPDATE (June 1): I made it through the night OK, had breakfast and now I am resting and waiting for my onward flight later this afternoon. I shall allow about one hour to check in, go through security (whihc can be time consuming nowadays) and then head up to Lufthansa’s Business Class lounge. Ta ta for now ….
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