Lufthansa brings loved ones together

I always had a soft spot for Lufthansa. And I have also been watching their forays into the world of social media since 2009 when they launched MySkyStatus which would tweet your flight movements while you were in the air (hence couldn’t tweet yourself). 

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Nowadays some flights offer Wi-Fi (but it’s not worth it if it’s not free, right), but back in 2009 tweeting while you were up in the air was not the usual course of action. 

Because of what I do at work, I recently did some research into the airline industry, and some things I found is that Lufthansa is really good at adopting new technologies. For example, their mobile website experience is excellent, and, whilst playing around with it, I almost booked a flight to Berlin (I had to go with British Airways in the end, because Lufthansa sold out of the cheap flights to Germany, but no matter, I have a forthcoming review about my experience with Lufthansa). They have a great application as well, and, if I may be as bold to say it, a great browsing experience. The app never crashes. 

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But enough of sounding like I was bribed by Lufthansa. I wasn’t, but I’m open to it in the future 😉 What made me smile today was 1) that many airlines that I was researching were doing a Valentine’s message. I suppose in our modern world where long distance relationships are becoming more and of a norm, this is a relevant message. 2) And that Lufthansa created an especially excellent experience that bridges my thirst for travel with missing my friends back in Canada. 

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What could this be? Of course I tweet my best friend’s name in efforts to see what comes up. And what comes up is an automated message, replying back to me and her alongside a “boarding pass”:

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It’s a pretty nifty thing. From a digital revenue point of view, it does nothing much. But it’s a nice touch. Whereas KLM, British Airways, Emirates Air, and even Virgin Atlantic were pushing pictures with hearts and planes in the air, Lufthansa took a more difficult – certainly more cost intensive, since some developing was involved – approach that, in my opinion, paid off in a more serious fashion. I was toying with the idea, but now will most certainly try to book a flight with Lufthansa to travel to Canada when I go home. 

Go Lufthansa!

 

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Past year’s travels and the look ahead

The cat is out of the bag!

There comes a time for everyone, or at least I would hope for many people, when it dawns on them what their number one passion (at least for the moment being) is. Mine has been sitting and fermenting under my nose for so long that I did not notice it until its aroma turned particularly pungent. No matter. Last week I realized that it was high time to take said passion by the horns and do something more productive with it besides an exemplary Instagram, tweets and status updates. Channel that shit, baby! So here we go. I’m doing this for myself and my own memory more than anything else, but also to maybe help inspire others to make the plunge and to explore with no fear. 

Let’s first look over the shoulder. Where did I go in 2012?

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Around Villa de Leyva, Colombia. #nofilter

  • Toronto, Canada – starting point. This is where I lived at the beginning of last year. 
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Villa de Leyva, Colombia
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • New York, NY, USA
  • …moved to London, UK and then went to:
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Brighton, UK
  • Whitstable, UK
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Manchester, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Lisbon, Portugal

I have more than enough content to write a little travel book about these places. Which is what I will do. I’ve had a really great year for travel last year, and I am thankful for every moment.

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Brussels, Belgium. Happy to be here, of course. First Eurostar experience.

What is currently planned for 2013? I hope to take the following trips. What will actually happen? I suppose I’ll find out by the end of this year.

  • Budapest, Hungary (done)
  • Hamburg, Germany (surprise,for work)
  • Bath, England
  • Brussels, Belgium (tentative)
  • Brighton, England (tentative)
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bristol, England
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (tentative, still debating)
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Vancouver, Canada (home!)
  • Vancouver Islands, particularly Cortez Island, to visit a friend’s farm
  • Seattle, USA (not far from home)
  • Portland, USA (if some friends join me)
  • Bologna and Parma, Italy
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (for a “goose party”)
  • Vienna, Austria (apparently it’s only a 30 minute drive from Bratislava)
  • Istanbul, Turkey

I also really want to go to Krakow, Poland, and Ljubljana, Slovenie, but that’s a bit up in the air. Dubai, UAE would be great to visit a couple of friends who relocated there recently. I want to go to Madrid, Spain as I have never been. 

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That’s the plan anyway. 

New Horizons

New Horizons

I’ve spent some time dusting off my old blog, removing irrelevant content and organizing some things. I’m making a public announcement that soon I will revive this place in a more interesting and hopefully regular fashion. Let’s see how it fares.

Hint: it has to do with one of my biggest passions.

And soon enough, just like these stone fellas in Belem in Lisbon, we will all set sail forth.

London Calling

 

The moment it sunk in that I am moving to London, my memory sent an electric shock down my spine. I vividly recalled my obsession with the Great Britain, Londinium, United Kingdom, Big Ben, high tea. I  remembered that from when I was 11 till I moved to Canada (where new elements started occurring to me), I was completely bonkers about Britain! I wanted to live there, I wanted to be British, I wanted to brandish the Union Jack everywhere I could.

 

Let’s face it. 

 

I am moving TO LONDON! This is happening. 

 

I am so absolutely excited about the possibilities of London. Of the busy and dynamic current of lives that it is, of the immense history, world class culture of all types, of the multicultural mix of people that I am delighted to meet, of the prime location and Heathrow, Heathrow, Heathrow that is the hub to everywhere else in the world. One of my most amazing friends (Kat!) is living there right now, and she loves the city. My other European friends are a stones throw away. This is it. THIS is the change I’ve been wanting, THIS is the godsent gift to my present situation. This is the fate grabbing me by the the collar and presenting me with the pearl of my twenties. Living in London in your twenties is probably one of the best things that can happen. 

 

I am immensely grateful to life. I am immensely grateful to my company that is moving me to work in our London office (in Camden, no less!). I am excited!