So, picking up where we left, a late incoming flight from ZRH, only 15 minutes to get to my gate (C15 I reckon) practically forcing me to cross T1, I was pondering my options whilst riding the bus to the Terminal. But there is always time to spot
I would usually try to be as nice and gentelmanly as possible and let people off the bus before me, and so on…but considering my short time I had to run. Initially I pretended to cross the Terminal through the secure zones so I wouldn't have to cross security again. But then again, I had read in other forums that even if you thought you knew FRA well enough, the best way around was following the signs. So the signs led me out of the airside, and I had to cross the terminal, I don't know if any other route would be faster, but eventually I discovered that either way I would have had to cross security again anyway.
The first stop towards my gate was passport control, I was practically following a guy who was on my same incoming flight who was able to pass through the burger queue, I was stuck in the other passports lane instead, the policeman checking info and whatnot in his PC took some time to finally stamp me out.
The planes around were very interesting, sadness filling in for not being able to properly inspect them
Instead I had to run through these hospital-like corridors ( I still find FRA much more appealing than AMS, even if the latter is more straight forward for connections)
The second stop was a security check, ever present in FRA, hassle and pain free (this time) and now I was at the C gates. Probably the worst concourse in FRA, it has only one Duty Free store, somewhat lane and some meh cafés.
Against all odds, I made it to my gate, I made it, everything was O.K, even if I couldn't make most of my stop in FRA…(or so I thought)
The culture shock (after being in CH where most things if not all are organized) was somewhat overwhelming, one could tell this flight was leaving to LatAm because everyone (even the Europeans) were disorganized and standing up ready to get into the plane even if their rows were not called. I was also very impressed to see many people connecting from Asia and other interesting origins.
Whilst waiting for my flight in ZRH I checked in FRA's website which would be my plane for the hop across the Atlantic today, unfortunately for me, it would be again D-AIHK a.k.a. Mainz:
LH's Airbus 4-holers:
Eventually I managed to go in…
As I was one of the first ones in my zone, I was able to take some cabin shots without disturbing anyone
It also meant I had a long time while the plane got filled, fortunately for me I didn't get a seat mate, which Is practically the best you can hope for in a long haul flight. And so, I spent my time whatching planes…
I really hope so…to much stress that morning
And so after some time we were towed and on towards Runway 18 a.k.a. Startbahn West, again some spotting.
And soon…off we were nach Kolumbien
Weather was not the best in Europe that day
So the only way to know our place was via airshow, kindly provided by my second seat
Over us some N-S traffic…
And sometimes some stuff could be seen
Eventually over France, drink service began… I felt like having some red wine.
The view wasn't improving
But at least I managed to have some interesting views…
This was the most I could see of France's Atlantic coast
And so we were out of the Old Continent…
Food service begun, I chose chicken, don't recall the other option.
Cabin view from my zone in the meanwhile
One of the reasons I wasn't excited about riding on Mainz was that I knew my window have some condensation problems, I had picked the exact same seat I had taken BOG-FRA
It was a rather uneventful flight, I spent my time reading, sleeping and watching some of the boring movies LH puts on their IFE
The best part for me was seeing the sunset over the Caribbean and seeing the full splendor of Paraguaná peninsula in Venezuela
As we crossed Northwest Venezuela into Colombia we were served our second meals, this time chicken (again…)
This second service was picked up pretty quickly and soon it was already night and descending into BOG…
It's funny how fast descent and landing feels after a transatlantic flight, it feels the other way round in shorter flights.
Frankfurt - FRA
Bogota - BOG
As I mentioned on the beginning of this series, I find LH one of the best options ex-BOG to Europe, and probably anywhere that is not America. Still, I find that LH's IFE offering is somewhat lame, and the IFE hardware is sometimes glitchy. Catering is ok on the booze and drinks, it's way beyond AVs offering, and you're always well hydrated throughout the flight. As for the meals for this (first) time I found them actually good.
The cabin crew is nice, language seems to be a problem with LHs crews to Bogotá, as not all speak spanish, and when they do its not without difficulty. I could easily make my way because I speak English, but I'm sure this must be a very frustrating experience for some of my compatriots, maybe that's how some Europeans feel on AV's flights to Spain.
Sometimes announcements are really annoying as they take too long as they are always translated from German to English and Spanish.
Also, I was glad I could make it hassle free in my connection, no pampers though, but still I made it to my flight which is what matters the most. On the other side of the coin, my bag did not make it, which somewhat ruined my whole experience for the day with LH.
Thanks for reading, Saludos!
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