2. Vacation memories: travel day – part 2

We took our kids from Toronto, Canada to Switzerland on vacation. This is our adventure.

This is a multi-part series. To read other parts, click the links below.

  1. Vacation memories: travel day – part 1


When we originally booked our flight to Switzerland, we picked the Monday of the last week of school to travel.

“But mom, my graduation is on that Tuesday,” the teen boy said.

We had to change the flight.

After a lot of the usual chaos talking to airline personnel on the phone, my partner found an agent who was on the ball.

“If I upgrade you to premium economy it will cost you less than changing the date of your flight,” she said.

So we did.

Well I’ll tell you something, it makes a huge difference, especially on a Trans-Atlantic night flight!

For tall people (over 6′) the extra legroom is well worth it. (That’s not me, but my partner is tall.) The seats are also a bit wider and a bit more comfortable…and it’s quieter. Well, sort of. That mostly depends on the type of passengers in your section. πŸ˜€

We were glad once we boarded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to have the extra comfort. It’s a nice way to start vacation…especially since the last few months have been more stressful than usual.

We were separated once we got on board. The girl and I had window seats on the right side at row 13, and the boys over on the left at row 14. The middle row of four seats separated us.

It was fine.

The kids immediately started to play with the electronics attached to the back of the seat in front of them. My girl played solitaire, selected the second lego movie, listened to music, and of course looked out the window. πŸ™‚

We were able to use our phone’s wifi until we started taxiing…in the above picture she’s probably texting her gal pals. πŸ™‚ Once you start moving though, you have to switch off.

The tablet-like screen on the seat back in front of us had a lot of different selections available for us. I selected the Moving Map and watched with interest the progression of the flight.

I keep marvelling at how much I love technology. I really am fortunate to have been born in these times…

Meals were served relatively quickly and were relatively appetizing. The girl child was worried about this; her friends had mentioned airline food was disgusting.

I did not find this to be the case. And neither did my kid. She ate every last morsel except for the cooked carrots. πŸ™‚

There was a bit of turbulence over the Montreal area which interrupted the service for a bit, but they returned quickly enough and offered me a small bottle of red wine. Yum. 🍷

After the service my child and I opened the little pouch they had left on our seat along with a pillow and blanket. It contained:

  • Socks πŸ™‚
  • A mask (for sleeping)
  • Ear plugs
  • A tiny tube of toothpaste and a disposable toothbrush

This delighted my child to no end. 😍

Soon, we were over the Atlantic and flying across the night sky. I remember these flight well from my own flight attendant days: endless trips to the UK and some mainland European destinations. But my plane back then was a Lockheed Martin L1011 and very…shall we say, rattle-y. This Dreamliner felt a lot smoother and more sleek. Modern. Quiet(er).

As I typed this into my phone at the time, the plane was quietly cruising along. My tiny girl was asleep beside me, and my boy came over to surprise me and say hello.

This made me so happy; I haven’t seen him this relaxed in a long while.

But it was a short night and I had trouble falling asleep. I suspected I will suffer when we arrive in Zurich. 😴

Oh well. We’ll cross that bridge later.

To read part 1 of the travel day, click here.

25 thoughts on “2. Vacation memories: travel day – part 2

    1. Well at altitude the temperature is cooler. They regulate the cabin but still…we also got blankets and a small pillow. I doubt regular economy class has those items. We’ll find out on the way back!

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  1. Loved reading this. The last long flight I did was to San Francisco, the year after we were married – nearly twenty years ago now. All the recent flights with work have been short-hops – just long enough for the cabin crew to throw sandwiches and drinks at everybody before packing everything back away for landing.

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    1. Yes, Trans Atlantic flights, or any long haul flights are quite a different experience than the short hops in business travel. I’m glad I was able to make notes and document it this way. I love technology. πŸ™‚

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