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 Post subject: European Trip of May '09
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 1:57 am 
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Just arrived Amsterdam, 24 hrs after departing KUL, via Stansted London. Need dinner, then hit the sack!

Stories will follow as I progress, but can also follow updates on twitter - just go to http://twitter.com/naimyunus

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:27 am 
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OK, here's part 1 of the story. Thanks to friends who've been following my tweets here: http://twitter.com/naimyunus :D

Midnight 12 May '09, and the international departure at KLIA LCCT can't get any desolate than this. But it's a huge improvement over older facility.
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Our AirAsia X KUL-STN flight D7-2002 departed at 1am on the dot, and 10 hours later, I still can't believe how comfy I am. Look at the ample leg space I have on this Airbus A340-300. :)
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Somewhere over the Black Sea, now covered in white.
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Breakfast is suddenly served and that's one compact but tasty nasi lemak, I can assure.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:29 am 
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Some 12 hours into the flight, with less than 2 hours to go, we are in Ukraine at 38,000ft. Strong headwind impedes the speed to just below 800km/h.
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Landing on time at STN after a 13.45hr flight, and I have a 5-hour layover before my next flight to Amsterdam. STN is a pleasant airport, some say the best in the UK, but one thing I can tell - it's not a bad place for a lengthy layover. :)
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Taking off from STN as scheduled, easyJet flight EZY3005 promptly flies over Ipswich and head for the English Channel.
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Not too long soo, the cute Airbus A319 crosses the Dutch coastline.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:30 am 
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I think that's the city of Leiden in the background.
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On final for Runway 06 at Schiphol.
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Finally at AMS, and next to us Ezam's A319. We are 20min early. :)
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> TO BE CONTINUED

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:38 am 
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How's the swine flu fears over in Europe? Are folks there ambivalent? Worried? Panicky?

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 6:15 am 
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adilothman wrote:
How's the swine flu fears over in Europe? Are folks there ambivalent? Worried? Panicky?


No sign of any action, unlike in Asia - no thermal scanners, no bold notices, no boffins in spacesuits, no face masks, etc. The only thing I heard was during the easyJet flight, when there was an announcement about being polite when sneezing, such as covering the nose with something. :mrgreen:

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Ahh, I love Holland. Use to stay in Wassennar and commute to Den Haag. Spreekt die deutche, naim? Klein beitche, maybe?

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wow lau flying to euro already :mrgreen: have nice trip brother

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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 8:29 am 
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Heyyy Abang Naim... :welcome: to Holland.
I just arrived myself at this godly hour and see U R in Amsterdamned... or somewhere around and I hope you are nicely settled in a comfy bed by now.

How long R U staying around? Drop a line if you will... I'll PM you my # and give me a call, if U R close by, we can meet.. let me know... :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 2:17 am 
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Noah wrote:
Ahh, I love Holland. Use to stay in Wassennar and commute to Den Haag. Spreekt die deutche, naim? Klein beitche, maybe?


Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsh, bin in Dortmund in '88 gearbeitet. :mrgreen:

Wassennar is near Den Haag, the haunt for Shell blokes. You were with Shell too?

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