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Apr 30th 2011 5:32AM LOL, no I'm an IT Manager working for a small firm in Germany, but being American I do fly a fair amount back and forth.
It sounds like they were holding the plane for him, thus the plane can't push back from the gate until all the passengers are seated, bins are closed, and the door is shut and locked. Ask me how many times I've heard FA's announce that before a flight? ;-)
Thus, being already late, and I pointed out that it wasn't his fault, but the FA was probably more than a little ticked off that she couldn't do her final check before he was seated and his bags were in a bin. Knowing this already, as I'm sure he does as a blog writer on a travel blog, he could have preempted her anger by giving a smile and an apologize and ask her if she knew of an empty bin to store his bag since all of them were already closed. What's that saying, "You attract more bees with honey than with vinegar."?
Apr 29th 2011 2:22PM Wow, you kind of come off sounding like a total douche. Maybe this might have been one of those stories that would have been better had you slept on it or at least waited until the heat of the moment had passed.
In defense of the connecting flight flight crew member, you could have preempted her anger by apologizing for being late (yes, it wasn't your fault, but still you made the flight and weren't bumped, which could have been worse) and asked her for help first in finding space for your bag so that she could do her job in preparing the plane so that it could be pushed back from the gate and leave. Niceness and civility works both ways.
Mar 27th 2011 5:13AM Here in Germany it's just "Schauen mal." "Nur schauen." is too literal of a translation for it.
For most useful, it seems that you eat at restaurants more often when you travel, so translations for things like "I'd like to order...", "How much is...", "Check please." etc. is usually helpful.
And beyond translating the language, knowing the proper social etiquette and customs. For example, here in Germany holding utensils in both hands while eating, Germans don't rest one hand in their lap. Also when you're finished eating, placing the knife and fork together on the side of the plate signals that you are finished and the waiter can take the plate away.
Dec 14th 2010 8:08AM Baden Baden, Germany -- a place that's so nice, they named it twice!
Oct 5th 2010 2:04PM Interesting article, but just wanted to point out that Oktoberfest in München ended yesterday, October 4th. Sandy was letting you know that she was with her husband and ex-husband (Mann and Ex-Mann in German).
Aug 30th 2010 1:53PM Wow, I was actually considering getting the DS3 next year, but this certainly makes me reconsider that, I especially like the interior (compared to the DS3). I just wonder how far into 2011 it'll be available.
Jun 7th 2010 3:18PM As someone who has flown Internationally with a cat (and a dog, but he was down below with the cargo) I can recommend buying and using puppy pee pads, obviously the smaller ones so they fit within the carrier. Flying from California to Germany, I knew the chances of my cat having to go pee were pretty high, and at the recommendation from my vet, I used a pee pad and kept extra ones in my carry-on. The puppy pad absorbed both the odor and the wetness really well.
Jul 25th 2009 9:04PM Adam, take another look. Two different authors. Scott Carmichael wrote the piece on Ryan Air.
Jan 13th 2009 8:56PM Actually, Microsoft *did* have a retail store back in 1999. Surprisingly, it was at the Sony Metreon in San Francisco. They closed shop in 2001, the same year that Apple opened it's first store in Virginia.