Mar 292010

The most amazing souvenir from China is my travel tea set. It allows me to cook tea in hotel rooms without having loads of tools and ingredients with me – in a small bag I have all what I need: 6 cups, a water cup, a tea cup and its lid. Just now I cooked some water, let it cool down a bit, washed the tea,
enjoyed the aroma, let it soak a bit and just had my first sip of the fresh brewed tea.

I have no idea what I am drinking, I suppose it is roibush tea
I got from Jimmy’s family. These – only Chinese labeled – tea bags are handy and small; they just contain loose leaves. It is far better that the instant teas and coffees offered by most of the hotels. Even when I like traveling a lot and take advantage out of the ease and
comfort of a full serviced hotel room I still need some few rituals and
items which make it less anonymous and less stereotype.

I bought a few weeks ago a travel water cooker too, after I decided never to touch one offered by a hotel again. These for mostly two reasons: internet guides how to cook / wash / do whatever using a water cooker and because I had one with a maintenance label (good!) which was dated to March 2008 (eew!).

So that’s 2 more items for my travel essentials for a trip taking longer than 3 days.

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Mar 292010

Today I just flew out of Dublin – to be redirected back to Dublin after a couple of minutes – because of a broken door. Of course it couldn’t be worse, as I was supposed to pick up the “worldwide director of PS” in Heathrow to guide him savely through London to eventually get to Nottingham. Even better I can’t reach him on his mobile. Bad Monday morning!

Here my top 5 plane unexpected fails:
1. 2.5h being late because of a broken bulb in the cockpit which turned out not being broken, but the plane was. Departure after changing the plane.

2. 2h being late because of a plane not starting because there was a leak somewhere. After watching maintenance crew taking out and checking all bathroom components we eventually changed plane and departed.

3. Today’s fail: after 20 minutes in the air landing in Dublin again. Delay unknown (so far)

4. 30 min late after landing in Heathrow there wasn’t any gate available because of bad weather conditions, planes weren’t allowed to start. The captain solved this by “charming the ground crew” and getting a gate assigned.

5. 30 min late because not being allowed to start in Heathrow because the ground crew was required to chase a fox on the runway.

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