Happy New Year!

A bit late from us, but we just got back from our crazy three week trip. Going on holiday for three weeks is definitely a luxury, but it’s sooo nice to totally forget yourself while away and completely shed all the stress of work and life back home.

I definitely have lots to share about our travels. It was an interesting trip compared to some. We enjoyed ourselves a lot, but there were a surprising amount of mishaps from small accidents to natural disasters. Australia is an exciting place! 🙂

We started the trip off right with a bottle of champagne sent from Kay’s father, but things already took a peculiar turn as soon as we were up in the air.
Kay’s father has sent us a bottle like this at the start of several SWISS flights and we’ve never had any problems, but the person in front of me decided to lean their seat back as soon as we were in the air. Now, if you ever flown Swiss economy, you might have noticed that their seats are quite close together. They might be one of the most cramped economy classes out there.

The chair back hit the bottle, which is taller than normal airline cups, and my iPad that I was watching. The iPad smacked out of its stand, the bottle fell over on us and and the champagne spilled all over Kay, his seat, my jacket and scarf, etc…while I scrambled to make sure my iPad didn’t get wet.

It ended up being a little bit of a stressful start, cleaning a sticky substance off our fresh travel clothes at the beginning of a 9 hour overnight flight, but compared to some of the things that would happen later on the trip, it was just a blip in the radar. I should have seen it as a sign of things to come! 😉

SWISS also felt bad about the person knocking our champagne over, so they brought us some extra prosecco to replace it later. (No complaints from Katie!)

What’s the worst spill you’ve encountered while flying?

3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Great to hear that you’re back home. Can’t wait to read about your adventures. It sounds like you had quite a time.

    I did enjoy the economy class flying with Swiss, the worst I’ve ever experienced was with United… good luck if you have to sit in a three-seat-row squeezed in the middle with two very overweight people to the left and right. You better don’t get claustrophobic easily.

    I never spilled anything on my during a flight but last year I flew United (of course – all the horror stories I experienced happened during United flights) and could not push my seat back at all. It was an overnight flight from Newark to Berlin. Needless to say that I was the only one who sat upright all the time. The screens in the seats came out just a tiny bit and in order to actually watch something I had to twist and turn my head in the most uncomfortable position (because the person in front of me hat his seat pushed back all the way and there really isn’t enough space between the seat either). And if that wasn’t enough, the thing where you plug the earphones in didn’t work right and in oder to understand something I had to press my finger against it (I tried twisting and pulling it – no luck, pressing it in was the only way to get it to work). Of course the flight was completely booked so there wasn’t even a slight chance of an upgrade 🙁 The flight attendant offered me prosecco… yeah, like that would knock me out for eight hours and forget this ever happened… It wasn’t the most perfect day for flying (I had puking kids on the flight before right across the aisle)….

    I had much better experiences flying Air Berlin and American.

    1. Ohhh yeah that sounds bad! United and American Airlines are on my “bad list” after so many sub-par experiences. Very few planes have those non-reclining seats, but I’ve gotten stuck in them before and they are the worst! We always worry about selecting seats in the back row or getting stuck against a wall for that reason, but on the last Swiss plane I noticed that the back row could recline. That’s just the worst when you’re stuck and the person in front of you keeps their seat back the whole time. You feel trapped!

      Oh and how about being trapped in a row of 4? Sometimes we’ve had the luck that both of us have middle seats in a larger row. Not ideal… but still better than other happenings. 🙂

  2. We were flying to Frankfurt on an overnight direct flight. The flight started off poorly with a young woman behind us, painting her nails. The smell actually woke me up, and I hardly ever smell nail polish when I am at home. Sh didn’t spill it, thankfully. And the flight attendant asked her to stop, which was fine. Then, a few hours later, a little girl in front of my husband (then boyfriend) threw up. Thankfully, his stuff was ok, but ugh, what a gross flight. The flight home was better, though, because we got engaged over the trip and had champagne on the way back!

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