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Quinta-feira, 4 de Setembro de 2003
Air Europa Boeing 737 to Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca)

Flight Details

Air Europa

Date: 04 September 2003
Dep: Madrid Barajas (MAD)
Gate: Not indicated
Boarding Time: 2145
Dep Time: 2215
Load: 100%
Seat: 21A
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Palma de Mallorca (PMI)


Boeing 737 of Air Europa in Palma de Mallorca (by Andre Oferta of Airliners)



Me and my Swiss friend, Bent, have been planning to meet up again after almost two years. He was one of my traveling companions in Portugal. He’d been telling me to come over to Switzerland but when I went to Zurich we did not have the chance to meet up because my Swiss adventure was unannounced and he lived far from the city, in another canton. He planned to visit Madrid but didn’t push through. So after 2 years of planning and exchanging emails, we finally got the opportunity to see each other again: not in Madrid; not in Switzerland, but in Palma de Mallorca, a small island resort in the Mediterranean Sea north of Algeria and south of France. It is a one-hour flight from Madrid. Bent was there to go sailing around the area with his friends. And since I was itching to fly again, I decided to meet him up right there. I went to the travel agency to buy a ticket and off I went. But this time, I did not reserve a room though. I simply took the number of some hostel there and thought that I could give them a call when I get there. Then I realized that I would be arriving in Mallorca at around 22.00 PM...

Anyway, I flew with Air Europa (UX). It is a Spanish low-cost airline that flies not only to cities in Spain but also to other European cities and even to South American cities. I chose UX because it was a partner airline of the then Flying Dutchman, the frequent flyer program of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Check-in was OK and a security agent was even interested in the Philippines. I felt bad that I did not show some enthusiasm in answering his questions because I was worried I might miss my flight and I was really rushing to the gate.

The flight was OK. Flight attendants did what they had to do. And sure, you have to buy if you want to eat something during the flight. It was only a one hour flight so there was nothing to write home about.

We arrived at the Mallorca Airport at around 10pm and I took the airport bus going to the city center. And to my surprise, I got a hard time looking for room because the hostel whose telephone number I got in Madrid could not be reached! Instead of wasting my time going from one hostel to the other at those hours (around 12 mid-night), I decided to spend the night in an internet café filled with people who spoke Spanish but with Italian accent. Ahhh, Argentines! Yeah, I was right. The owner of that internet café was Argentine. We had a chat about Argentina for some minutes before my internet-filled night would start. After 2 hours, I ran out of websites to visit so I went out and spent the rest of the night alone on the beach. Good thing I still had some credits on my phone so I called up my sister in Canada and we talked for a while but did not talk for a long time either because my phone ran out of battery. Afffff! It was stupid of me to spend the night in that area. It would have been safer to simply walk on the streets with some people but at that time I wanted to take some rest after walking and walking around the area.

At around 6AM, I decided to look for a room where to leave my things and take a nap for some hours.

And then time to meet up with my friend. He phoned me asking where I was and he gave me the address. I went out of the hostel confidently thinking that the locale where they were was just around the corner. But no….. it was on the other side of the island!

I had to take a taxi and though afraid I might run out of Euros, I prepared myself to pay "some amount" to get to my destination. While on the road, the driver told me that some time ago he read an article in a magazine about the nightlife in the Philippines and that he’d like to visit the country some day. Apparently that same magazine also featured some place in Manila where sex was cheap, lol. He’s a nice and friendly driver though.

I got off near the cathedral and took another taxi to get to where my friend was. The taxi driver was a lady and I told her it’s cool to see her to that. She commented that some older people were not open to the idea but younger people were cool about it.

I was happy to see my friend again. I was even invited to go sailing with them around the area for about an hour.

In the afternoon, I had to go back to Madrid again so I did not have the time to go back to the hostel so I went straight to the airport and changed my T-shirt on the airport bus.

I was actually a chance passenger because I had an open ticket but the agent was cool enough to book me on the most convenient flight out of Mallorca.







Air Europa

Date: 05 September 2003
Dep: Palma de Mallorca (PMI)
Gate: A09
Boarding Time: 2050
Dep Time: 2110
Load: 100%
Seat: 28A
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Madrid Barajas (MAD)


Flight back home to Madrid was OK. Many passengers were children and I sat next to an elderly man who did not know how to fasten his seat belt. I helped him out because I found him nice. The flight was uneventful and nothing to write home about.

I was happy to see my friend again. After all he was the reason why I went to that Mediterranean island for a day; it was just to meet up with him. Flying to Mallorca in the midst of my exams and spend a day on the island to meet him up and his friends was a gesture of gratitude for what he had done to me when we were in Portugal. Yes, I would do such things for a nice and helpful person and much more for a friend.

And many would agree that staying in Mallorca for a day is not bad at all, and flying Air Europa too! 

publicado por Sadiri Gonzales às 17:11
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