And now to throw in some training
Sunday was another big day. We headed off in the hire car from Lugano to Zurich, a 2.5 hour drive if you take the autobahn, but we as always, took the scenic route through the Swiss Alps, and it took about 5 hours. Spectacular of course, and lots of stopping options. Called in at the Lindt factory and shop, but it was CLOSED (Sunday).
The company that Jim works for is big on training, and requires all employees to update skills or learn new ones every year. Jim has attended courses in Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Singapore in the past, but the course they wanted him to do this year is on in Norway, so we had to rehash the last part of our trip to incorporate this. Hence our shortened stay in Lugano, drive to Zurich, then flight to Amsterdam, then flight to Alesund, where the Farstad head office is, and the International Rolls Royce training centre. A long day of travelling but all ran smoothly and we were checked in at our hotel before midnight.
Amsterdam is a massive airport, and when we were called to board through our gate lounge the process was as usual. The business class people went through first, then the rest of us went through the air bridge .... then down the stairs and onto a standing only bus. I thought it was quite amusing that the business class folk got there first, so had to stand the longest. Then we took a five minute drive across the Tarmac to our Fokker 70, got dropped off at the steps. Once on the plane, we drove for TEN MINUTES to a far flung region, probably in Brussels by now, across two highways, to our little runway. In the end, it was a very smooth and comfortable flight.