Daily Archives: January 17, 2004

Back to reality

The Chef Express drops me off home. Ah, normality.

When do we do it all again?

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Nearly done

Channel, Dover, London, stack, clouds, whee, bumpy landing.
The plane taxis to a stand just outside Newmarket, I think.
We find our way to baggage reclaim and wait ages for it to wake
up and reclaim us. Walk, bus, car.

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Are we there yet?

We’re early. Our flight hasn’t got a check-in desk yet. Being
British, we see a queue and join it. The screen above the desk
mentions Swissair, which is good, but also Alitalia and “telephone
check-in”, which is not so good. Never mind, Chef’s in charge.

At about 11:30 we reach the front of the queue and Chef asks
whether we can check in to our flight here. Yeah, no problem. Then the
usual airport routine: food, shops, queues, shops, security, plastic
seating, queues, impatience (“Could you just let us through?” says a
woman as Chris causes her a millisecond’s delay by callously taking
his assigned seat on board the aircraft), delay, safety film, here
here and here, taxi, engines, speed, height.

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Down, north, west


It’s snowing buckets again. We pack, tidy, wipe, rearrange.
Amazingly we’re picked up right on time. Our driver – English – whisks
us along snowy, winding roads down the mountainside. If this were
Britain there’d be bumper cars and ditches full of Ford Fiestas.

Once into the valley it’s a blur of villages (snowy/wet), Lake
Geneva (grey today), Montreux (probably nicer in Summer) and Lausanne
(a dump by the look of it) before we’re dropped at Geneva airport.

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