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Sexta-feira, 25 de Outubro de 2002
Aerolíneas Argentinas : from Paris to Madrid


 

Aerolineas Argentinas in CDG Paris Airport


(click on the picture to see the name of the photographer)


Flight Details

Date: 25 October 2002
Dep: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Gate: 03
Boarding Time: 1835
Dep Time: 1855
Load: 100%
Seat: 30E
Class: Economy
Aircraft: MD88
Arr: Madrid Barajas (MAD)


The purpose of this trip was to apply for a Canadian visa at the Canadian Embassy in Paris because the embassy in Madrid did not offer this service to non-Spanish citizens. And since I also wanted to visit my friends in Brussels and Antwerp, I decided to fly to Brussels first and and take a bus to the French capital, Paris. A side trip to the Netherlands was also possible. So I went to the sales office of Aerolineas Argentinas and bought a ticket. They had a promotion so I availed of that. It's a one-way ticket Paris-Madrid and I also applied for the Aerolineas plus frequent flyer program and got the permanent card (super cool).

I visited the city upon receiving my visa. Though it was raining I got to enjoy the city too and I even had a river cruise.

The flight to Madrid with Aerolineas Argentinas

It was with MD88 aircraft. This was a feeder flight to Madrid. On certain days the aircraft would bring passengers from London and Paris to Madrid and from Madrid they'd be flying direct to Buenos Aires with Boeing 747. The legroom was limited. And to make it worse I was seated next to a fatty lady. The interior was claustrophobic. The service was good though and the flight attendants were courteous. They were keep on asking if I'd lke some tea or water. I slept most of the time during the flight. When I arrived in Madrid airport, I had to get to the immigration counter and got my passport stamped. AR is a non-Schengen airline and though it came from a Schengen airport (Paris CDG), it was considered an "outsider".



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Quinta-feira, 24 de Outubro de 2002
In the Netherlands

After having fun in Brussels with my Belgian friends, and even spending a night in a Brussels suburb at the place of one of my friend's aunt (thanks for the hospitality), I was invited by my other friend to sleep over his place in Antwerp. So we drove back to Antwerp again for the following morning me and my friend were going to the southern part of the Netherlands. We did not actually have a destination in mind. All I wanted was to see a wind mill and see the typical rural region of the country. 

 

We woke up early and after breakfast, we started to drive to the direction of the Netherlands. The scenery is actually the same as in Belgium. And there were lovely places. We even saw a dutch lady in her native attire walking on the streets. Seemed like she sttended a festival maybe...or she really dressed that way on a daily basis.

 

 

  

 

 I had fun cos I was able to see all the things I wanted to see in the south of Netherlands. ni the evening, I took a bus going to Paris...



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Terça-feira, 22 de Outubro de 2002
Virgin Express Boeing 737 doing Madrid-Brussels

 

 



Flight Details
 
 
TV855
Virgin Express
 
 
Date: 22 October 2002
Dep: Madrid Barajas (MAD)
Gate: C
Boarding Time: 1030
Dep Time: 1045
Load: 100%
Seat: 9D
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Brussels Zaventern (BRU)


22nd of October 2002. I got up early. I think it was the first time I did it since I moved in to my new flat a week ago. My Spanish flatmate (who was also the owner of the flat) wished me a nice trip before he left for work. I was excited. I had it all prepared the night before. I was ready to go to Belgium.

My flight with Virgin Express (now defunct) bound for Brussels (Belgium) was leaving at 10:45 in the morning. I had to get out of the flat at around 08:00 since I lived some 15 kilometres from the Madrid Barajas Airport. But thanks (and no thanks) to the Madrid subway, going to the airport would take only 20 minutes.

Check-in was a breeze but I was delayed for a bit because I went to the wrong gate. I was supposed to go to the Schengen gate and not to the non-Schengen one. Anyway, that was fast though and before I knew it I was boarding the Boeing 737 of Virgin Express.

We took off smoothly and during the flight, the attendants gave us some free sandwich packed in a Virgin Express-branded plastic. That's it. But it's alright because as we know, Virgin Express was a low-cost airline and many low-cost airlines don't give out free stuff anymore. But anyway, since I could not imagine eating a sandwich without drinking something, I hesitantly bought an orange juice for 5 euros.

After more than 3 hours of flying, we were about to land in Brussels Zaventern Airport. The sky was gray and I thought it was going to rain. From the air, the Bruxellois landscape was all green. We had a bumpy approach but smooth landing.

Brussels airport has a nice architecture and it's a friendly airport.

My Belgian friend, Gino, met me at the airport. The weather was perfect. Chilly but sunny. This is my kind of weather. I was happy to see Gino again. He was my classmate in Madrid and it was nice of him to drive all the way from Antwerpen just to meet me at the airport in Brussels.

The drive from the airport was scenic and the autumn foliage was beautiful. It's very different from that of the Spanish Central plateau where Madrid is located.

At the Brussels city centre, near the Palais de la Bourse, we went to meet another friend, Nathalie. We ate in a small restaurant and had some chat about our Complutense and Madrid days. I was really happy to see those guys again.

We also visited Antwerpen together (and some cities near Brussels) and we had a nice time. Antwerpen is a lovely city actually. More beautiful than Brussels which is larger and more cosmopolitan in nature.
 


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