Sep 02 2009
We are back in Switzerland. It was just as hard to say goodbye this time around. And it is just as hard to get over jetlag.
We flew via Brussels (an airport with which Jackie is intimately familiar) on the airline Jet Airways. We would’ve flown direct, but other than Jet Airways and Aer Lingus, which goes through Dublin, there are no reasonably priced one-way tickets. So we got to try out this Indian airline that we’d never heard of before this year.
Seth called in advance a few days before we left to ask for special meals—we always need to do this if we want vegetarian/vegan meals on planes. Usually special meal options are listed as “Hindu vegetarian” (meaning vegetarian, but Indian food usually) and “Vegetarian” (meaning vegan, and thus dairy free, so the only option for Seth). Seth asked for a vegan option for himself and then felt awkward asking for a “Hindu vegetarian” meal for me on an Indian airline. In any case, it worked out so that we had the most tasty plane food we’d ever had, Jackie’s with paneer and yogurt, Seth’s channa, dairy-free. We’re pretty sure all the food on the plane was vegetarian.
The plane and most of the people on it were continuing on to Mumbai. We felt almost as if we were, too. Combine that meal with the wonderful selection of Bollywood films (we watched Delhi-6) and Indian music and announcements made in Hindi before English, and it felt pretty surreal to step off the plane into Brussels.
We booked our tickets through Travelocity, which listed it as a trip on multiple airlines. When we checked in in Newark, Jet Airways assured us our bags would go through automatically, and they gave us our boarding passes from Brussels to Geneva as well. As it turns out, Brussels Airlines is a partner airline of Jet Airways. We had been careful to leave ourselves extra time for the transfer, because we didn’t know this; we thought we were simply switching to a Brussels Airlines flight and thus would have a lot of difficulty should Jet Airways arrive in Brussels severely delayed. We were not allowed to go standby on an earlier flight to Geneva (turns out this is the one we should have booked in the first place), but we made good use of our time in the airport, sleeping for an hour and buying some duty-free Belgian beer and chocolate.
Now we get to unpack our entire apartment and restock our refrigerator. Fun. By the way, Jackie is singing with the Choeur des Jeunes de Lausanne at the Schubertiade Festival in Payerne on Saturday, so if you are planning on being there, don’t miss out on her choir.