So after a wonderful week visiting a cousine in Paris, I moved back to Switzerland, this time to the other side of the Rösti Gap to Winterthur where a very special friend lives. Unfortunately I only had a weekend for visiting her so I tried to make most of my days there. The cheapest and earliest way into Winti was on train, something that did not bother me much as I had never ridden on a TGV so I looked forward to the trip.
But sooner than later my day back to Colombia had come, and it begun in Winterthur's Hauptbahnhof, where I caught one of the regular trains that link the city with Zürich's Airport.
Even when riding a train, I find something regarding aviation, this time one of my most admired figures in the world
One last chance to see Swiss countryside, I wonder what those yellow plantations are, Switzerland seemed filled with them.
And in less than 15 minutes I was in the Mall over the Flughafen station.
I checked my bag at the Swiss counters in Check-In area 3 which is on the mall, after provisioning myself with sufficient Chocolate for gifts and myself, from the Migros above, after the pretty hassle-free process I went to the gate areas.
Swiss Check In area 1
Security was really fast and efficient…and in no time I was at the airside. Having only experienced GVA my expectations on Swiss airports weren't very high, but then I understood that ZRH is a whole world apart. The only thing in common is the fancy and (super) expensive retail.
The area between Gates B/D and A did not show much movement, I was somewhat disappointed with this…
I went to explore the B Gates area…
with interesting decoration
and an Air Berlin A330 taking sun seekers to Spain (PMI if not wrong)
Some nice Airbus widebodies were visible across the field
Then I moved to the A gates, which were not as interesting architecturally, but afforded better spotting options.
As I waited in the bus gates, I took some breakfast…and a last Rivella
Then we were bussed to our Jumbolino, this time HB-IYS, an almost 13 year old plane would fly me to FRA.
I was excited because it had the Shopping jada jada livery
I found the interior a bit dated, but very comfortable, LX's configuration 2-3 leaves a lot of space for people IMO, considering some airlines shove a 3-3 config.
I found the space between the seats and the wall really nice
I tried to select my seats on the internet in the morning, but the system did not let me. Fortunately it had selected a window seat for me, unfortunately it did not have the best view…at least on the ground.
We took of from RWY 28 and banked towards Zurich, permitting lovely views of ZRH and the City.
The rest of the flight was rather uneventful…service consisted of only drinks and the traditional chocolate. I felt the service somewhat rushed.
Suddenly we were descending, I didn't see anything until we were practically on short finals to RWY 25L
Somehow, we were really late, I don't recall if it was a late departure or we took our time whilst waiting for landing in FRA…anyhow my 1h25m transfer time in FRA turned into 15 minutes.
I hoped we weren't going to be parked in a hard stand so I could make it to my flight, but no luck…we were going to be bussed.
Zurich - ZRH
Frankfurt - FRA
ZRH: Really nice airport, sadly most shopping options airside are not affordable for young people like me, yet... the mall at the railway station is rather bland with not many interesting shopping options. Nevertheless, I like ZRH.
FRA: Not much to say, I practically ran from the bus gate to my next gate. More comments in the following FR.
LX: I was really happy to try a new airplane type, and airline. Sadly our flight did not allow for the full LX experience, but the plane was in an acceptable state and the seats and comfort were fine. Don't recall why we were late @FRA, normally I wouldn't care, actually I wouldn't have cared to miss my flight to BOG if LH was going to pay for me to stay in FRA for a night, or arrange for some crazy way back to Colombia (only fantasies sadly) but I eventually payed for this delay, more on this later.
Thanks for reading and, stay tuned for my run across FRA to my flight to Bogotá, saludos!
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