I was in Basel, Switzerland today, and saw the beautiful Town Hall and the square in front of it. An especially nice surprise was that workers had just finished putting up a large Christmas tree within the Town Hall courtyard, and it was very pretty.
Earlier this week, when someone found out that I was traveling in Europe, sent me an e-mail along the lines of, "That must be very exciting." Here's some of the excitement I had:
- I ran to make the train from Basel to Zurich Flughafen (Zurich Airport), and when I got within 6 feet of the door it pulled away (I made the next train).
- However, that cut things a little close. I made my flight to London Heathrow with 10 minutes to spare, and I was the last passenger able to cram my luggage into the overhead bins.
- I inadvertently left my backpack at the security inspection point, and by the time I realized what I'd done and went back to get it, you could tell the security staff were starting to think there was a bomb in it (even though they'd just scanned it and passed it).
- My flight from Heathrow to Manchester was delayed for an hour; when it did arrive, BMI instantly announced that it was "In the final boarding process." The group of bedraggled passengers went to go to Gate 8, but the door to the gate wing was locked, since it was past the official closing time of Terminal 1. Happily a cleaner came along, opened the door, and we propped it open so we could get to the plane. An access alarm went off shortly after I walked away.
- I got to my hotel room at 1 AM.
There's some excitement I could do without.