Published: June 25th 2008June 25th 2008
Thanks to Europe’s embarrassment of low fare airlines we were able to do a month’s whistle-stop tour of family and friends without burning a hole in our pockets. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Ozone layer, but we consoled ourselves as nobody talks about that anymore - particularly since people have started to realize the oil’s running out.
But then, we could be forgiven for thinking we’re still swimming in the stuff, if ryanair insists on flying us half way round Europe for twenty pence plus tax (Plus Priority Boarding Fee, Insurance, Credit Card/ELV Fee, Airport Check-In Fee, Checked Baggage Fees (1st Bag - Per bag/ Per One Way Flight) 2nd & 3rd Bag - Per bag/ Per One Way Flight Fee, plus Sports/Musical Equipment Fee etc…we also discovered their Flight Change Fees, when we missed ours from Stansted to Eindhoven.
Other notable events included eating our own weight in sausages in Munich.
An ATM eating my visa card, and Salzburg winning the Austrian footy title.
Comforting ourselves with mushy peas while it pissed down in London.
Leaving our bag of camping groceries on the tram in Amsterdam,
and featuring in a small town newspaper article in
We also discovered that some of Jen’s seasickness onboard the ship was due to a medical condition colloquially referred to in the British Isles as ‘up the duff’. This potentially debilitating condition meant we spent a good week undoing our year long travel plans, until we’d finally watered them down to what we felt would still offer a swatch before the little bump inevitably requires his own seat on the chicken bus…
And so, for the criminally low fare of 99 Euros, we climbed on the plane at Frankfurt airport, our backpacks stuffed with every vitamin supplement known to man, some surrealistic 4d scanned pictures of our new 2cm tall travel buddy, and headed for the Dark Continent...
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