Eight hours in Business Class is like four hours in Coach.

Like most people without money to burn, I normally fly coach. The last time I flew Business or First was during a flight to Chicago when I was interviewing with Citadel. During trip from O’hare to Munich, I was reminded of how much better First/Business is than Coach.

Even before departing, Business Class ticket holders are reminded of how special they are with preferred boarding and champagne before takeoff. Once in the air, I was treated to my own entertainment system, a fully reclinable seat, and a tasty beverage: Warsteiner. After finishing my beer, or bier (that’s the only German I know), I was offered a warm towel to refresh. Next came dinner.

Dinner is where Coach is thoroughly outdone. For appetizers, I was torn between Pistachio Encrusted Shrimp and Smoked Duck Breast with Sweet Corn Flan and Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette; I chose the latter. Dinner was Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Celeriac Puree with Sweet Pea and Fava Bean Jus with a glass of Chardonnay to wash it down. I had a choice of various desserts, after dinner, but was too full to enjoy them, so I passed. I rarely get much sleep in-flight but after this much food and beverage I slept much better.

The rest of the flight was pretty uneventful. I tried to sleep as much as possible since I knew I would be landing at 6am, Munich time, and my internal clock would be wrecked; however, I really didn’t accomplish my goal. My eyes may have been closed but I was only half asleep. It’s now ~9am here and I’m waiting unil my room is ready, which I’m told is at 10am.

The hotel seems nice but they are in serious need of a nutritionist. Here’s a picture of my breakfast. And believe it or not, I sampled only a couple of the sausage offerings!

Have webcam – Will travel

The next month should be interesting and likely exhausting.  Tomorrow, Stacy and I are driving five hours, from Chicago to Essexville, MI, to spend Thanksgiving with her family.   I’ve made this trip once before and it wasn’t fun.  I just pray the weather cooperates, I really don’t feel like turning an already long trip into a slow going nightmare.

After returning from Michigan on Friday, I leave for Unterhaching, Germany on Monday.  Unfortunately, I’m not there for pleasure but fortunately Wrigley is footing the bill.  The team I work on is global with two members in Chicago, one in Unterhaching, and finally one in Guangzhou, China.  I’ll be in Germany for nearly two weeks which should leave me a good amount of time to enjoy Munich.  Notice I say Munich and not Unterhaching.  According to those that have been there, “the sidewalks roll up at night.”  I suspect Unterhaching is to Munich as Canby is to Portland.  Since calls will be expensive while I’m overseas, I decided to revisit Skype.

Previously, I had no use for Skype and only used it to experiment with VoIP.  But during my trip, I plan to use Skype to make international calls back home and also to video chat.  I have a couple webcams and have been testing the voice and video quality.  While not perfect, the video quality is acceptable and the audio is excellent.  Feel free to Skype Me [berningf AT gmail DOT com] if you see me online.  The Skype software will allow you to see and hear me but you’ll need a headset and/or webcam to share in the fun.