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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Home - Journeys - Holiday Thailand 2017 - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Today we finally leave.
The taxi will arrive at half past four.

The great packing adventure starts in the morning.
All bags and suitcases are going down.
And everything that we should take to Thailand. At first that did not seem that much, but that is only apparent.
When the suitcases are packed, they both weigh more than 25 kilos. We are allowed to take 30 kilos per person as checked baggage, so there is no problem.
But the hand luggage is different, we can take 7 kilos per person. And we have more than 25 kilos.
We'll see how it goes at check in; maybe we are lucky.

On the internet we see that the flight has a delay of more than half an hour.
So we have plenty of time.

In the meantime, we have already checked in on-line and printed our boarding cards.

At exactly half past four the bell rings; the taxi has arrived.
We are the only passengers.

The driver is a bit in a hurry, because he has to pick up a few people at Schiphol. But there is traffic jam near Amersfoort.
Yet we are still at Schiphol before five o'clock. More than half an hour earlier than we asked for when booking.

The Eva Air counter is not open yet. We have a drink at Schiphol Plaza.

When we get back to the counter there is a decent row. But we don't have to wait very long.
When it's our turn, things go well with the suitcases. Until the lady behind the counter sees our hand luggage. Indeed too heavy.
But if we take one piece of hand luggage as checked bagage, and take out some stuff, such as a laptop, we can take everything with us.
This kind of situation gives stress.

But further everything goes well. We can go through the check of the baggage, just as with passport control.
We walk around Schiphol, drink something, and at a quarter to ten we can get on board.
In the end it is almost eleven o'clock when we really start flying.
There is an acquaintance of Pia in the seat before us. And next to us sits a friendly Thai lady. It can be much, much worse.
There are new, better seats in the plane. And the food is good, better than expected.
But unfortunately we do not fall asleep.

Link: Schiphol.
Link: Eva Air.

Written on: 2018-10-28


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