June 22nd, 2006

John Duncan/St. Bride

Personal: Geneva Confirmed – More Impulse Shopping?

Yeesh, that took all night! I couldn't shake Priceline down for anything less than $100 off the quoted prices, and so I skipped that, not interested in their possibly booking me a day later or such. If that's all the savings I would have gotten, I'd rather pick my own travel hours and guarantee my days.

So, after a flurry of emails this week after he returned from his music gig in Paris, it's official. I'm off to visit Erik again, as he proposed last month when I was in Boston, but this time as he will be interning in some way at the headquarters of the World Health Organization:
Milwaukee, WI (MKE) to Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) Total Travel Time: 12hrs 30min
Wed, Jul 19 12:35PM to 3:50PM
Milwaukee, WI (MKE) to Newark, NJ (EWR)
2hrs 15mins - nonstop
Boeing 717 Jet

Wed, Jul 19 6:15PM to 8:05AM
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Geneva, Switzerland (GVA)
7hrs 50mins - nonstop
Boeing 767 Jet
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE) Total Travel Time: 14hrs 55min
Wed, Jul 26 9:50AM to 12:30PM
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) to Newark, NJ (EWR)
8hrs 40mins - nonstop
Boeing 767 Jet

Wed, Jul 26 4:25PM to 5:45PM
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
2hrs 20mins - nonstop
Boeing 717 Jet
Friday July 21st we'll hop a train to spend Saturday in Venice and then do it again to spend Sunday in Florence, dashing back that evening so Erik can go to work Monday and I can see the sights, do the Reformation things, or whatnot. I've a lot of reading to do! I was bummed, though, to be unable to get a window seat on either of the transatlantic flights. At least I'm on the aisle, though: coming back from Denver to Milwaukee in January I was in the middle seat of the middle three on a 767. Crowded. And between two politically-hostile people talking foreign policy.

I find I'm kind of nervous for some reason about this one: I guess it's been a while since I've traveled overseas. Erik and I travel well together, though, which is good to know. We hit Rome and Tunisia in one 10-day marathon in April 1998. The worst problem in all of that was Erik completely hating and folding under the high pressure of bartering with the Arabs in the souks: compared to a barter economy in a country where we knew the value of nothing, this should be a piece of cake.