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Zürich and Amsterdam

We’re on our way home🎶

sunny 16 °C
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Today started at the crack of dawn. Even though we had a short evening we loved our stay at the Hotel Schweizerhof. I would recommend this hotel to anyone heading to Zürich. It is not cheap but it is a good value for the luxury. I really felt like we were treated well and every comfort was provided for, from robes to adjustable beds, from butler service with complementary food to high end face creams and shampoos. Another nice touch: the lighting. You can turn off all of the lights from either bedside and the main door. Each side of the bed has its own plug-in and light. And there was a standard North American plug-in too.

We were sorry to say goodbye to this hotel, leaving with a yoghurt and a handful of chocolates courtesy of butler! We arrived at the airport before any of the check ins were open. We waited in line with others and finally it was our turn, but we had to prepare our ArriveCAN docs (which we thought we’d do during our long wait in Amsterdam). Yep, so we stepped out of line. Back in line they looked at our carryons and we’re like, nope you’ll have to check those. So I checked my carryon (which has no locks and Dave’s present). I’m hoping it will make it in one piece. I think they were just mad at us because there were people with way more and larger carryons than us!

We finally made our way to the gate. As usual, nothing was open. There was a self-serve coffee machine that needed a tap card. None of our taps work here but thankfully the guy behind Dave offered to pay for our coffee.

We left Zürich 20 minutes late and were grateful we’d changed our connecting flight to allow us more time to make our connection in Amsterdam. The airline had changed our flight, so we would have only had an hour. With the 20 minute delay and the 30 minute queue through passport security it would have been tight.

Now we’re sitting at the gate, and our flight delayed at least another hour. So if we’d kept our original flight we’d have been ok.

So a little bit about Schiphol. It is massive. This means long walks, but also thankfully there are lots of moving sidewalks. If you find a bathroom use it, you might not find another one. Expect to queue everywhere. Want Starbucks? Well that will be at least 1/2 hour in line. Every store we went in we waited at least 15 min. Your flight might also not be posted to the departure screen. If this happens to you, go to lost and found. They are very helpful.

My recommendation too if you’re looking for a quick bite, don’t go to Heineken or that fancy cafe, grab a sandwich and water at the little food and souvenir spot (but keep your boarding pass handy).
We’ve been travelling for 7 hours now only another 10 to go

Book pairing: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf I just started this thriller.
Drink pairing: coffee, black, IV

Posted by kwtraumer 11:18 Archived in Netherlands

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