02.03.2018 /3: Off to Helsinki, Finland

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain… (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

Our departure time was supposed to be 15:50 from Málaga but the storm currently bringing down torrential rain, is also having heavy gusts of wind – preventing any aircrafts from taking off. Currently we are expecting a start-up permission about 1 hour late from the original time of departure, which in turn makes our transit in Frankfurt shorter.

But the time spent on the tarmac waiting for the clearance, we can take photos of the airplanes! Always a great fun!

(C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

Surf’s up? (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

During our recent flights we have noticed that some of Lufthansa’s flights are equipped by the FlyNet, which I was keen to try on, but alas – even though we had the advertisement, it didn’t seem to work. So perhaps we were not yet on the right flight?

The idea of surfing the internet using your miles is a good one – the more you pay, the better connection you get. This is pretty good way of staying connected and writing blog texts for instance. I wonder how it would work if you wanted to upload videos or do something more than typing and uploading photos?


Transiting in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt is The Hub of Europe, so it is no wonder that distances around the airport are long, and at the same time the services are concentrated in the middle. This poses a problem, when you don’t want to try to find a seat in a crowded place where everyone needs to sit for coffee. So, if you want to have a coffee, our definite suggestion is to grab one “zu mitnehmen” and head towards your gate area just to be on the safe side.

Also, on the way to Spain we transited at Munich, and already then we noticed that the prices were high, so called “airport prices”, but Frankfurt won: a 1/2 litre bottle of still water: 3.35€!! So another one of our tips: take an empty bottle with you and fill it up from a tap after the security check – tap water in Germany is good to drink.

When you transit in Frankfurt, make sure you have enough time; distances are quite long and there is a lot of people. Especially be mindful if you are travelling between Schengen and non-Schengen areas, as the passport control will also take time!


Holiday Blues

Everything good comes to an end! So it is with a holiday as well. The final leg of our journey has also been slightly delayed at the beginning, as there was a need for de-icing due to snowing at Frankfurt.

As we are closing in to Helsinki Airport, it is time to look back at the whole trip, which was a success. It’s been about 30 years since the last time I was in Costa del Sol, and Jules has never been there before. Obviously even for me this was a pretty new experience, as 30 years ago I was just a wee lad. But talking to people in Málaga, apparently a lot has changed during the three decades I have been away. And seeing Costa del Sol now… it is touristy, and I suspect it will be packed during the summer months, but it has also evolved! And it is a good thing; areas are clean, streets felt safe, and I didn’t notice that someone would have tried to pickpocket me. Food was really good anywhere we ate, fruits tasted different… and most importantly, there was sunlight – a commodity we have lacked recently in Finland.

Writing a blog is equivalent to snapping rolls and rolls of photos. It allows us to relive and revisit the experiences we have had, and make plans for the next holidays. And that’s why I decided to include a few snaps here from throughout the trip!

(C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2018

All in all, this short break from the daily rat race was a welcome one, and much needed one. Now it is time to get back to “normal life” and start planning our next adventure!

We would be grateful for any comments, suggestions and ideas for our blog, destinations, and basically anything! 🙂

Until next time! Näkemiin! Auf Wiedersehen! ¡Adiós!

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