Don’t get me wrong, I know I have it easy - flat beds on the plane, great food - comfortable lounges to relax in where you don’t have to stand over your carry on like a guard dog and food and beverages are provided. It all helps immensely, but travelling long distances can make even the most comfortable of waits, long drawn out affairs that leave you well - a bit loopy.
7 hours in Changi to kill, many vegan options in the lounge, shower when I arrived and another shower before I left, because - hey, I could why wouldn’t I? I had planned to do this at 10.30pm, but a couple came in and sat across from me at 9.45pm - arm chairs in a 4 seat configuration and proceeded to do all but get naked in front of me. I am all for displays of affection, those who know me, know I’m a mad hugger and once you reach the inner circle the traditional Italian smooch on the cheeks is a given, but… There were children present, there are hotels IN Changi airport that rent by the hour AND there were many, many other places in the lounge that they could have sat that afforded more privacy and WEREN’T RIGHT IN MY FACE. This was truly beyond. And whilst it did make me smile initially - especially in the subdued environment of the business lounge, it got hot and heavy real fast. So much so that it made me leave for my second shower 30 minutes earlier than I had planned. No, before you say it I was not having a second shower because of them - just seems like a good idea before I got on another flight, and a great excuse to move away without obviously moving away.
Clean, refreshed and ready to travel, I spent my Changi dollars on some headphone jacks for the plane, The noise cancelling over ear ones they supply make me nauseous - Medico’s please advise why, I know it has something to do with my inner ear issues but is there a way to fix it? This way I can use my in-ear buds but actually get sound from both ears!! A miracle of modern technology. Cruise through security and onto the plane bound for Amsterdam.
This is not an advertorial, merely a true accounting of the facts - The service on the flight was impeccable and on the off chance that someone from Singapore Airlines sees this REBECCA TOH deserves a raise and a promotion. She made me feel as if I were a special guest, taking time to ask questions and engage beyond the pleasantries, thinking of things before I did. The whole team was great but Rebecca made me feel like I was the only one on the plane. Truly a customer service super star. And being in the customer service business, I say she definitely deserves a shout out.
I realised at the beginning of the flight that I had only had 2 hours sleep in the proceeding 24 hours. The 24 hours before that and I had only had 3. Due to time differences and the general flight thing I hadn’t realised and was finding it hard to function, just moving my arms was difficult - it still is although it’s much better. So I had 5 hours of broken sleep waking every 30-40 minutes or so. But that at least was a win. Not much chance of sleep now until I get to the Chateau - I don’t sleep with planes so allowing for the high when I get there and see Vicky after so long, I’d say another 14 hours till I sleep. Walk in the park really.
We arrive into Amsterdam Schipol airport an hour ahead of schedule. So here I am in the BA lounge waiting for the flight which is a while away and cursing the lack of showers here - no I’m not obsessed with showering, I just feel like… plane, you know, just a little icky. Hopefully will have one at Heathrow, although, it’s internal EU so not likely. The lady at the front desk was not what’s the word? Chatty. She looked at me and told me I was very early for my flight. I explained that my flight in was an hour early but she had lost interest in me already, moving onto the next person in queue. Once inside I understand why she looked at me oddly. People come in here very soon before their flights and leave, they are internal flights after all, like flying Melbourne to Sydney, no-one gets to the airport hours in advance. All good - I set up in the relatively empty lounge and within 15 minutes, I am the only one here. This changes 20 minutes later, thankfully and a lovely couple pass me and say good morning.
So - what’s the food like here? There are not many vegan options and no I am not vegan, but exploring the options - just another challenge I have set for myself, so I am trying to fly vegan and seeing what I get - food on the plane with Singapore was great, food at the Singapore lounges was great. Here at BA - I have the choice of apples, black coffee and tea, there are some packets of chips (crisps) but I can’t read Dutch and the closest I can get is my laughable German and that ain’t good enough for ingredients lists in tiny writing. There is cereal, but all the milk is cows milk and I’ve never been a fan of juice in cereal so I pass. Oh, there is the bar - it’s about a third of the offering here, now I’m not casting judgement but there is more alcohol than any other food or beverage group. Just saying. I have caved and had 2 mini croissantsand rooibos and honey tea, may just have to hit the bar for nutrients. Hey! It’s an experiment, whats a girl supposed to do?? Saluti!!