famous last words

October 27th, 2005

Here's a piece of advice. If you're going somewhere, never let me plan the journey for you. Do you see a pattern of hellish travels with me? I hate myself for this bad planning, thoroughly. If you ever wondered why I never chose Ryanair before, this is why. I didn't actually know where the airport is, thought it was about 40 minutes from Oslo. Turns out it's 2 hours (!!!!) by bus from Oslo, 2.5h from the other airport. I had a bit of a panic attack when it dawned on me a few hours ago. I got about 3h in between flights and I just read on ryanair.com that they close the gate at 40 minutes before the flight. So I got no chance at making it there on time. To think I was under the impression I had time to spare. 2 fucking hours, I can't believe it. So the only chance is to get to Oslo earlier. Luckily (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), at 11.45pm, although all customer phone services are unavailable, the airline where I booked my flight to Oslo has an option to change your flight (godsend). Otherwise I would be there tomorrow at the airport an hour in advance, trying to do it at their window. So I spent €100 on changing the flight to an earlier one (twice the price of the original flight). In practice this means I take off at 7:30, get to Oslo by 8:35, grab a train to Sandefjord (or a train to Oslo, then bus to Torp) at 9:08, get there at 11:31, then a bus from Sandefjord to Torp, should be there before noon. Flight is at 13:15. This also means I have to be in town around 6:30 to catch the airport express, so I'm walking out at 5:45 (no bus that early). Which is why I decided to stay up (feels like exam night) instead (because I don't fully trust my alarm clock) and I'm typing this now.

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2 Responses to "famous last words"

  1. john/mikhail says:

    Martin, Martin, Martin... why would you put yourself through the Ryanair wringer? They're notorious for that exact trick, "This is the pilot speaking. We will be landing in Moscow, Australia in twenty minutes. Connecting, train, boat and more train to Perth will be leaving in an hour and a half, and cost extra. Please fasten your bailing twine, as we have eliminated seatbelts to cut costs. Thank you for flying Ryanair."

  2. numerodix says:

    I sure am wise to that now. Landing in Bergamo, I see Torp being listed as "Oslo/Torp". If Norway were Holland, the airport would be across the country from the city. With Bergamo it's not that bad, an hour away from Milano by bus, that I'd say is just within reason. But I don't think you'll be seeing me on Ryanair again.

    Also, they have the most uncomfortable chairs I've ever seen, impossible to sleep. And what is with the Swedish blue/yellow on the inside? I know it's their logo but did they have to put it everywhere?