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A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:04 pm

INTRODUCTION

Dear fellow A.netters,

My partner was flying to Austria for a business trip in March. This would have not been anything special until I found out that he would fly back from Munich to Amsterdam with one of the recently acquired Lufthansa’s Embraer 195 jets! Oh my god, I was dying to be able to get onboard of those birds and my partner got booked with it just like that! So, I went all the way on the internet looking for the best possible price involving my partner’s return flight from MUC.

Unfortunately, I did not manage to find any suitable routing. I had even nearly got ripped off when I in my enthusiasm made a booking involving the LH Embraer flight and ended up paying for more than 500 Euro’s in Y! Luckily I still managed to cancel the whole booking without penalties. I could better have controlled myself!

Eventually I just had to make a kind of compromise. Perhaps by booking a cheaper option with arrival time in AMS around my partner’s. Then I came across a Vueling flight with arrival from Barcelona at exactly the same ETA.

But why Barcelona? Well, the Spanish delicacies I brought along from Madrid had ran out too soon and I regretted it. Therefore I just had to go back and return home with a more considerable amount. But somehow I was not to keen on flying back to MAD within such a short time. I searched beyond to other cities in Spain and came out with BCN. I have been there in 2004 for a long weekend trip.

Booking with Vueling has eventually turned out to be a wise decision. I will tell you more about that.



BOOKING

My first time flying Vueling had been almost three years ago. I still could remember how VY booking engine was ahead of the time, crisp and easy to navigate. Though the VY website features like flight changes, seat pre-assignment or invoice inquiry have become more and more common nowadays, there are some added features I had not yet experienced before.

For instance, I could book a so called XL seat online instead of buying at the airport ticket counter. These XL seats are really a necessity for tall people. I could recall my first VY flight to Valencia where I were unpleasantly squeezed in at a regular seat for more than two hours and at the end disembarking with stiff legs. The XL seats are available at an additional price of 13 Euro’s each leg and I must say, it was well worth it. A booking confirmation was delivered soon after my credit card was verified.

Even after three years, I still noticed the VY Customer Service has been equally reliable. Each inquiry of mine were responded and handled adequately at least on the following day. Good job, VY!


Check-in Online

One of the striking features was that I could subsequently check in online for both AMS-BCN and BCN-AMS upon the booking confirmation. I gratefully made a use of it and my boarding passes were issued immediately. Impressive!


Outbound and inbound boarding passes




Another feature was every time I consulted my booking, a confirmation would follow up even if not a single detail had been altered.


TRAVEL PLANNER

My trip to BCN would certainly be a nice opportunity to meet fellow A.netter Roger (aka Rogerbcn) and therefore I got in touch with him. I was pleased to hear that Roger would be happy to keep me a company. He then asked which places I might be interested to so that he could arrange a touristic route accordingly. How about that? I also told him about my plan to buy bocados. This word was supposed to express ‘delicacy’ in Spanish according to my Dutch-Spanish dictionary. I could see a smile at Roger’s face in my imagination as he replied that Spanish people do not use this expression. Darn, sometimes you just cannot simply rely on a translation! But since that, Roger referred every time to bocados. So I have decided to use the term further in this report.


Hotel L’Antic Espai Barcelona

Even I would be staying only for a single night in Barcelona, I wished to have a good night sleep. Therefore I consulted TripAdvisor for a suitable hotel and got attracted to Hostal L’Antic Espai.

When I checked directly with the hotel website, I found a discounted price at 52 Euro’s and immediately jumped at it. Their online booking engine was simply amazing. In the matter of seconds, I got the booking confirmation along with my user ID and password for my next visit.

After I told Roger where I would be staying, he went out to check the location by himself and told me that my hotel is well centrally located. He proposed a meeting at Casa Milà and afterwards going out shopping together. That was such a great idea and I agreed immediately. Before I knew, another exciting A.net meeting had been arranged!


CitizenM schiphol

The evening before departure, I had to attend a company farewell dining. As I would expect that this event would be running late, I decided to book a room with citizenM schiphol. I had got the best rate of all airport accessible hotels at 84 Euro’s. Considering Sheraton or Hilton nearby would have not charged less than 200 Euro’s, this citizenM was really a bargain.

The online booking was a swift and I could have my room and personal theme preset. It is very interesting, especially for the personal theme you will get a choice within the subthemes of temperature, color, sun screen position, music and language (no Dutch though!). The booking confirmation was delivered promptly to my mailbox. In the morning of my arrival day, I got a message on my mobile containing the reservation details in short. Impressive!

I got dropped off by my colleague at Schiphol and made my way to the hotel.


Schiphol by night

HOTEL CITIZENM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT



As far as I know, this is the first hotel who offers fully self-service check in facility to its guests. Just like at the airport’s self-service check in machine, there is an attendant (so called ambassador) around to help you out if needed. But it would not be that necessary as the touch screen would point your way out. A choice of two rooms would be offered. In my case, I could choose between a room on the first floor and a room on the fifth facing the apron. Not a difficult one!   

Upon checking in, you just have to hold the key card in front of the scanner, a receipt would be printed out and you may proceed to your room. By the way, you may keep your key card for your next visit or just as a luggage tag. Unfortunately, I have lost mine somewhere at the airport.


Rather narrow corridor

Bed

Shower with mood lighting

Open toilet with mood lighting

Bedside table with the Citizen mascot on the mini couch

Welcome greeting on the touch screen equipped remote control

Window view before bedtime

Window view after bedtime




After trying the rain shower, I prepared myself for the journey and made my way to the terminal building at half past eight. You could have your breakfast at the hotel, but I decided to take a pick out of the restaurants past security.


Food and beverage corner

Sitting corner just on the opposite




It was just a short walk to Schiphol Plaza.


Some shots of Schiphol Plaza




I went upstairs towards the check-in area of Terminal 1.


Terminal overview

Vueling check in line




I was number seven in sequence. There were two desks being opened at that time. The line was moving pretty quick. I got attended in about ten minutes.


Check in screen




The check-in lady printed out a new boarding pass and handed it over while saying, “The home printed boarding pass does not work sometimes at the gate, so let me give you this one.”
I asked her whether my flight were fully booked and she nodded. “It surprises me,” she said.
While leaving the check-in desk, I heard the colleague of my check-in lady saying, “We are still missing fifty people right now. We shall see that all of them will appear together at the same time!”


Additional boarding pass




The security was a breeze. Within less than ten minutes, I proceeded to the passenger area.


FIDS

Lounge 1 overview




I went upstairs to the food court and bought myself English breakfast.


My breakfast

Window view from the food court




After finishing my breakfast, I made my way to B pier.


Bar at the conjunction of B and C piers

Apron view

My gate

FLIGHT INFO



My itinerary:
Route: AMS-BCN
Date: 11 March 2010
ETD/ATD: 09.45 / 10.00
ETA/ATA: 11.55 / 12.00
Flight number: VY 8301
Plane: Airbus 320-216
Registration: EC-KCU, named “My name is Ling, Vue Ling”
Delivered: First delivered 26 April 2007 to Clickair as EC-KCU
In charge: Captain Fernando Varete


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At 09.10, my plane were docked at the gate.


My name is Ling, Vue Ling




At 09.14, the first boarding call was made to passengers holding seats from row 25 until 31. The remaining passengers were requested to remain seated.


Line of passengers seemingly assigned in row 25 until 31




Ten minutes later, the passengers sitting from row 20 were allowed to go on board. From row 15 were called five minutes later. My turn came after another five minutes.


Boarding




Sara greeted me at the door and upon scrutinizing my boarding pass, she told me, “Your hand luggage has to be stowed in the overhead locker as you are sitting on the emergency exit row.”


Inside the cabin




When I shot the cabin photo, Sara blew the whistle on me, “Sir, it is not permitted to take pictures inside!”
Her remark had set the tone of the entire flight and unleashed something inside me.


TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Putting Sara’s remark aside, the VY cabin attendants were ready to help and assist passengers stowing their luggage.

Another cabin attendant, Manuela came to my row and went over the security measurements before performing safety demonstrations.

When we left the gate, I was starting to jot down the registrations which came into my sight at the B pier because of the prohibition. You know what? It was killing me!


Missed shots


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By that time, I decided that I did not want to miss valuable window views anymore and had to take pictures somehow when there were no attendants watching.

When we made our way to Zwanenburgbaan, all of the attendants got seated and I did not wait any longer to grab my chances as we accelerated down the runway at 10.10.


Taking off shots on discretion

IN-FLIGHT


My XL Seat shots on discretion




When the fasten seat belt signed were switched off, I stood up for an obligatory lavatory visit.


Aft lavatory




When I came out, the buy on board service were already on the way. Sara and Manuela were in charge of the front half of the cabin while Tania and Olga the remaining half. They were blocking the aisle and I could impossibly return to my seat without jumping over Tania and Olga. So I remained standing in front of the aft lavatory at least for twenty minutes. Sara did notice me waiting and made an apologetic gesture. Even after Tania and Olga had finished their duty, I still could not get through with Sara and Manuela at the aisle.

Unexpectedly, Olga poured me a glass of mineral water for free as a compensation of the inconvenience I was experiencing. I was pretty thirsty at that time and gladly accepted her offer. When I finished, Olga topped my glass up. Well, what do you know? I was impressed! After the second round, Olga did not hesitate pouring the third round. By that time, Sara and Manuela were joining us at the back.
“I am so sorry for the inconvenience. I just hope we did not make you waiting too long,” Sara said.
“That is fine. I am well taken care of here,” I replied and while hoping Sara getting milder after this occasion, I proceeded to ask whether it was allowed to take pictures through the window.
To my disappointment, Sara replied, “Due to safety regulations, it is still not permitted. I am so sorry for that,”
I just said OK and thought by myself while returning to my seat, “Well, in that case…”
Ten minutes later, the rubbish were collected. I must say, I did feel pretty uneasy with the attendants going up and down the galley at that time.


Cabin view on discretion

Window view on discretion




About one and a half our into the flight, Olga appeared through the cabin to collect the last rubbish. Five minutes later, the descent were commenced. We were engulfed by the thick clouds. The cabin were prepared for landing.


Landing view on discretion




We safely landed at 07L/25R runway of BCN and turned left towards the new built Terminal 1.


Tarmac view on discretion




All I wanted was the freedom of taking pictures, so I said goodbye to Sara at the door and made quickly my way to the aerobridge.


View from aerobridge

Last glimpse of EC-KCU

ARRIVAL

I was quite excited as I entered Terminal 1 and could not help taking pictures.


Airside area




I proceeded to the baggage claim area to collect my empty suitcase ready to get stuffed with bocados.


Baggage claim


HOSTAL L’ANTIC ESPAI



My hostel is located just six minutes walk from the last bus stop of dedicated airport bus line (so called Aerobus) from Terminal 1.


Street view nearby the hostel




Upon arrival, I were greeted by a friendly lady who turned out to be the jack of all trades that early afternoon. She showed my assigned room 106 and told that Sergio, the proprietor, would be arriving at four o’clock.


My room 106

Single bed

Room interior

Inside the cupboard

Bathroom

The mini terrace accessible from room 106

The sitting area

The breakfast setting in the sitting area




During breakfast I got a delightful company of a couple from New York, Barbara and Gary. Interestingly, they had made the booking upon recommendation on TripAdvisor as well.


BARCELONA

Plaça de Catalunya




Roger and I were supposed to meet up at Casa Milà but due to some circumstances, we got eventually together at seven o’clock. Roger picked me up at the hotel. More on that after I show you some impressions of Casa Milà (or La Pedrera)

Casa Milà

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TO BE CONTINUED



[Edited 2010-03-13 14:04:54]
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:06 pm

Hi Suryo,

Great First part of your trip report with very nice pictures (those you were allowed / able to take) of your flight and of Barcelona as well. Vueling seems to belong to the "better" low-cost airlines. Seemed to be an appropriate replacement for the LH Regional flight you didn't book in the end.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Window view before bedtime
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Window view after bedtime

Simply amazing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I proceeded to ask whether it was allowed to take pictures through the window.
To my disappointment, Sara replied, "Due to safety regulations, it is still not permitted. I am so sorry for that"


Really strange for a European airline.

I am looking forward to the next part of your report.

Regards
Christioh
 
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:41 pm

Hey there great report so far and nice photos. Discretion should always be the case when taking photos and always when the crew are not looking, just makes life easier etc..

You got some nice shots despite the issues.

Look forward to the next part.

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:35 pm

Hi Suryo,

nice to read this report. CitizenM is an interesting hotel. Indeed a narrow corridor, but the rooms are nice, modern style. It's offering very reasonable rates, so completely my taste. I would love to see more CitizenM hotels in the Netherlands/Europe in the future. Good views also. Have enjoyed them more then once when staying overnight in Sheraton Airport hotel.

Vueling is an interesting airline. I flew them once actually, and they cancelled my flight due to snow in AMS (route BCN-AMS). They did put me in a 4* hotel near Sitges, uphill. Full dinner, free wines and water all night long. And the rooms were really nice too. Such a shame that I had to leave then in the early morning for the 630am flight to AMS. It was organised well according the situation. I guess VY does offer a bit less nowadays though.
Seatpitch in the normal row was too little for my long legs. So I was happy to be at home after that flight experience.

About the photography; this seems to be a general issue with any Spanish airline. Same happened to me on IB and JK before. Anyway, as long as crew doesn't look at you, just proceed with sneaky pics  

Awaiting your next installment now...

Regards,
Eric
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:04 am

Hi Suryo,

Enjoying the read and pictures, so look forward to the next segment.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I proceeded to ask whether it was allowed to take pictures through the window.
To my disappointment, Sara replied, “Due to safety regulations, it is still not permitted. I am so sorry for that

- I'd like to know what these safety regulations are!

Weather looked good in BCN.

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:44 am

Hi Suryo,

Nice report but a real shame that they still haven't been able to fix the bug with the page width. Not to worry because I know it's not your fault. Well detailed pictures!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
made a booking involving the LH Embraer flight and ended up paying for more than 500 Euro’s in Y!

Woah, you've got to be crazy! NZ$1000 (the approx equivalent) would pay for my round trip to Australia, possibly in Business Class!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Shower with mood lighting

Haha, interesting feature. Hopefully it doesn't make you feel drowsy in the shower, so much that you fall asleep in there! Might be good for waking up though!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I am so sorry for the inconvenience. I just hope we did not make you waiting too long,” Sara said.

Not bad compensation! It makes it sound like you're too polite to ask them to move for you!


Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:12 am

Hi Suryo,

Great first part of this report. Looks like the weather in Barcelona was very good, definitely a good thing for this miserable winter time...

Hmm, did I get confused or is the toilet seat and the shower in the room at that Citizen M (never heard about this brand, are they owned by the Japanese watchmaker?  ) hotel instead of being in a separate bathroom? What a weird setup if this is true.

The interior and furniture of that hotel in BCN was quite impressive as well, although a bit overkill for my tastes.

Great idea to book an XL seat, although it comes at a premium - I've flown VY exactly once MAD-BCN three years ago and even on that less than an hours flight I was very miserable and my feet got sore - and I'm only 181 cms tall!

I love the regular approach into the 25 runways at BCN, the views of the city are just incredible. I always sit on the F side for this purpose if possible - have two of those coming up later in the year, very much looking forward to those!

Shame about the photography, I have a hard time understanding why especially Spanish carriers are so strict about it. It doesn't stop me from doing it, of course, you just have to be quite discreet about it... The one carrier that I seem to always have problems with is actually Finncomm Airlines (FC) - they are quite strict with the "no electronics while the seatbelt sign is on" rule, and on many occasions I've been scalded for using my (digital) camera.

Looking forward to the second part!
 
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:19 am

Hey, Suryo,

what a nice compilation of pictures here, well done.

And also you´re story, real interesting, love those A. net meets, always something special.

Well, I know that no pictures policy on the former Clickair/Vueling, but you´ve made the best of it.

Looking for the next part now.

Best wishes,
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:12 pm

I was in Amsterdam and Barcelona during the past 12 months...and both are amazing places!

This is a great TR. Thanks for posting!  



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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:16 pm

Hi guys,

Thank you for all your comments and kind words so far.  

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Great First part of your trip report with very nice pictures (those you were allowed / able to take) of your flight and of Barcelona as well.

Thank you.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Seemed to be an appropriate replacement for the LH Regional flight you didn't book in the end.

Most certainly. It would have been a deception for me if I had upheld the previous booking.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Really strange for a European airline.

Apparently based on the experience of fellow A.netter Airbuseric, this prhobition is quite common with Spanish airlines.

@Philip:

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Hey there great report so far and nice photos
Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
You got some nice shots despite the issues.

Thank you.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Discretion should always be the case when taking photos and always when the crew are not looking, just makes life easier etc..

Definitely a lesson learned for me.

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
nice to read this report.

Thank you. Glad you like it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Have enjoyed them more then once when staying overnight in Sheraton Airport hotel.

I did look for a room as well with Sheraton, but the price was not worth it.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
I flew them once actually, and they cancelled my flight due to snow in AMS (route BCN-AMS). They did put me in a 4* hotel near Sitges, uphill. Full dinner, free wines and water all night long. And the rooms were really nice too. Such a shame that I had to leave then in the early morning for the 630am flight to AMS. It was organised well according the situation.

I can actually recall a trip report of yours about it. It was indeed impressive how they handled the situation.


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Seatpitch in the normal row was too little for my long legs. So I was happy to be at home after that flight experience.

Don't tell me about it. That is why I booked XL seat.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
About the photography; this seems to be a general issue with any Spanish airline. Same happened to me on IB and JK before. Anyway, as long as crew doesn't look at you, just proceed with sneaky pics

Thanks for this information. Good to know that I am not the only one who got mischivious.   

@Mark:


Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Enjoying the read and pictures

Thank you.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
- I'd like to know what these safety regulations are!

Me too. But at that time, I didn't dare to ask.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Weather looked good in BCN.

It was surprisingly sunny that day. The next morning it was heavily cloudy.

@Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Nice report but a real shame that they still haven't been able to fix the bug with the page width. Not to worry because I know it's not your fault. Well detailed pictures!

Thank you for reading. Glad to hear that it was not my fault since I had some difficulties to upload the report properly.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Woah, you've got to be crazy! NZ$1000 (the approx equivalent) would pay for my round trip to Australia, possibly in Business Class!

Good to know!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
Hopefully it doesn't make you feel drowsy in the shower, so much that you fall asleep in there! Might be good for waking up though!

Not at all. I just felt drowsy because I could get over the exciting window view and therefore woke up several times.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 5):
It makes it sound like you're too polite to ask them to move for you!

And it worked! I got mineral water for free.

@FlyingFinn76:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Great first part of this report. Looks like the weather in Barcelona was very good, definitely a good thing for this miserable winter time...

It was a pleasant surprise, since it had snowed heavily couple days earlier.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Hmm, did I get confused or is the toilet seat and the shower in the room at that Citizen M

No, the toilet and the shower are actually in the room.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
are they owned by the Japanese watchmaker?

I am not so sure. This link only tells about the people behind the company.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
although a bit overkill for my tastes.

Well, I think that's the charmth of the hostel. And the funny thing is I like it!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Great idea to book an XL seat, although it comes at a premium - I've flown VY exactly once MAD-BCN three years ago and even on that less than an hours flight I was very miserable and my feet got sore - and I'm only 181 cms tall!

It costs you 13 Euro's extra per segment. But it is definitely worth it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
have two of those coming up later in the year, very much looking forward to those!

So am I. 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
It doesn't stop me from doing it, of course, you just have to be quite discreet about it...

Nice to know that I am not the only one here.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
The one carrier that I seem to always have problems with is actually Finncomm Airlines (FC) - they are quite strict with the "no electronics while the seatbelt sign is on" rule, and on many occasions I've been scalded for using my (digital) camera.

Ridiculous!

@Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
what a nice compilation of pictures here, well done.

Thank you.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
love those A. net meets, always something special.

Definitely. It is kind a addictive.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Well, I know that no pictures policy on the former Clickair/Vueling,

Me neither. I could not find anything about it on their website.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
but you´ve made the best of it.

I was doing my best, thank you.  

@Tommy:

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 8):
This is a great TR. Thanks for posting!

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:24 pm

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
I am looking forward to the next part of your report.
Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Look forward to the next part.
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
Awaiting your next installment now...
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
so look forward to the next segment.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 6):
Looking forward to the second part!
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 7):
Looking for the next part now.
OK, here we go!

Roger advised me to visit La Boqueria for some bocados. So I did!


Some images of La Boqueria




At seven o’ clock in the evening, Roger collected me at the hostel and we made our way to the beach by bus. From there we were walking back to the city centre.

Plaça Barceloneta

Port Vell

Somwehere nearby Picasso Museum




I enjoyed Roger’s company very much. Being born and bred Barcelonan, he could undoubtedly tell me in a very detailed way about every neighborhood, building , harbor, old streets and basically all of the history of places we were passing by. Upon entering Barrio Gothic, he invited me to the best tapas bar in Barcelona, Euskal Etxea which is located nearby the church of Santa Maria del Mar.


Euskal Etxea

Our first tapas

A picture of me, courtesy of Roger




Roger ordered Txokali, a typical Basque wine. He let me to have a taste of it and I decided to have one for myself as well. This evening had impressed me so much that I returned the following day for a lunch.

The entrance

Tapas buffet




To put the evening into a nice conclusion, Roger and I went to a famous Barcelonan bar “ Punto” to have our digestives. Roger ordered gin tonic and for me Bloody Mary.

Cheers, Roni!




I wished to indulge myself before leaving for the airport so I booked Ayuverdic massage from the hotel at 11 o ‘clock in the morning. Gabriela with her ten year massaging experience had really taken good care of me and I felt relieved of the exhaustion from the day before. As I still had a couple hours to kill, I decided to go downtown once again. A striking building caught my eyes , It turned out to be another though smaller market than La Boqueria, the Market of Santa Caterina.

The façade

Inside the market

The façade of Santa Maria del Mar at daytime

Cauliflowers




It was past two o’clock when I returned to the hostel. I decided to go to the airport and do some spotting. Taking the Aerobus again, I reached Terminal 1 at nearly three o’clock.

Passenger drop off area

Airport tower




Just like Schiphol, each entrance indicates the concerning airline check-in desks.

Check-in entrance




The airy design of T1 is just impressive!

Check-in area

FIDS

VY check-in row




There was one dedicated baggage drop-off desk, so I made way there even I realized. However, VY website had indicated that the check-in would not be opened earlier than two and a half hour before scheduled departure time. In my case, I should have to wait for another half an hour. But I just wanted to get rid of my checked luggage so that I could walk around easily.

Check-in desk




I was number two in sequence. A check-in lady attending the last minute desk next to the drop-off desk inquired whether I would be traveling to Madrid. “No, Amsterdam,” I replied.
It did not take long before I got attended. “My flight will be departing at 18.15. Can I check my luggage in anyway?”
“No problem,” the check-in lady replied.
I was curious about the weight of my checked luggage after all the shopping. To my surprise, the scales indicated 9,3 kilograms! Darn! I could have brought along much more bocados!
The lady proceeded to tag on my hand luggage
Then it was time to pay a visit to Terminal 2. When I arrived there, I was quite shocked. It did not look like six years ago when my partner and I were in BCN for the first time.

Outside T2

FIDS

Pretty empty check-in area

Air Berlin check-in desks

Eye catcher of T2




I approached a lady behind the information desk and asked whether there were a waving gallery. She said no. By this time, I just decided to go back to T1. The dark interior and the empty corridors were not too inviting for me to stay any longer.

When I arrived in T1 at 16.00, I noticed a disappointing message on FIDS.

FIDS




Darn! “There goes my plan,” I thought by myself and immediately sent a message to my partner’s mobile who was already underway to MUC.

Striking message on my VY hand luggage tag on




I had still got a half empty big bottle of water with me. So, I just walked around further while finishing my bottle.

Seemingly direction to a waving gallery

No view on the apron

Ticket offices at the far end of the right side of T2

VY ticket office at the far end of the left side




At 16.30, I decided to enter the passenger area. The security was again painless. Within less than ten minutes, I was downstairs in the shopping area.

Shopping area

A Volkswagen Polo anyone?

Memorial of first flight to BCN

Aeromexico B767-2B1ER

One of many VY A320’s with T2 on the background




I went to a Cerveceria to pick a pint.

Cerverceria on the background




When I settled down the bill, I was astonished by the price. 2,75 Euros and that at the airport! In Holland, you will only get a tiny glass for that price at a café in the city centre. While sipping on my beer, I did another spotting.

Spanair B717 and PGA F100

Turkish A321-232

One of many departing Easyjet A319’s

JK MD83




After finishing my pint, I decided to look up my flight status. To my surprise, my flight would be departing on time anyway. So, I hurried to my gate as it was nearly 17.45.


Some activity on the background




It looked like that the first boarding call were already made. Passengers of my flight were lining already.

FLIGHT INFO



My itinerary:
Route: BCN-AMS
Date: 12 March 2010
ETD/ATD: 18.15 / 18.35
ETA/ATA: 20.40 / 20.50
Flight number: VY 8322
Plane: Airbus 320-212
Registration: EC-KBU named “Be Vueling my friend”
Delivered: First delivered 23 March 2001 to Sabena
In charge: Captain Jaime Tuñon


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Lining up




There were no boarding call yet when I got to the gate.

Jesus, people, why the hurry?




At 17.45, boarding call were made for passengers sitting in row 16 until 30. What? No 31 this time? The gate door got however opened ten minutes later. I got seated watching the boarding line moving slowly. I sent another message to my partner that I would be leaving on time despite earlier announcement.

At 18.05, the remaining passengers were invited to go on board. I got up when the line subsided.

My gate

View from aerobridge




I got my camera hidden under my jacket. I took the upcoming photos under utmost discretion and some of them after landing. Elisa greeted me at the door and waived me through.

Quick cabin shot




Apparently, the overhead lockers were overloaded. People were having trouble to stow away their hand luggage. Several bags had to be put in the cargo hold and it entailed in some arguments with the attendants.

My XL seat

Safety card

Vueling Café

Inflight magazine

My former seatmate

Window view




The bags were put on the seats as there were no more space available on the overhead lockers. Those bags got eventually checked in as the real passengers arrived.

Neighbor’s view




While leaving the gate towards runway 07R/25L, the lights were dimmed. While wandering through the cabin back to the attendant seat, Elisa switched on the individual lights above people who were reading. Nice touch!

We were number four in sequence. Suddenly, a ringing mobile phone broke the silence. It came from a passenger sitting in row just behind me. I would have expected that Elisa or one of her colleagues would jump out of the seat to give a stern warning, but I did not see anybody until the fasten seat belt signs were switched off.

A sneak to the forward cabin

British Airways B757

Sister ship A320

JK A320

Entering the runway

Accelerating and lifting off

While emerging above the thick clouds, the whole cabin was immersed by setting Mediterranean sun




At 18.55, we leveled off and the cabin attendants were released for the preparation of buy on board. Five minutes later, the fasten seat belt sign were switched off.

Window view before falling darkness




Captain Tuñon came into the intercom and informed us that our routing would be Barcelona – Andorra – Paris – Brussels – Amsterdam. At the end, he told us that we expected to land at 21.40 and I was sure I had understood him clearly.

Just before Elisa and her colleague, Maria, got started with the buy on board, I paid a quick visit to the forward lavatory.

Lavatory




Elisa and Maria were in charge of the first fourteen rows. When they reached my row, I decided to buy a bottle of red wine. I had 4 Euro’s ready according the price list, but Elisa mistook herself by saying 3,50 Euro’s. I gave her a bit confused look and Elisa immediately corrected herself and apologized.

Red wine




Somehow the forward half of the cabin were not into buy on board, so Elisa and Maria were finished much sooner than their colleagues who took care of the other half. While withdrawing to the front galley, Elisa switched on several reading lights as a courtesy to the reading passengers.

I noticed that the passengers of this flight were quite demanding. The attendant call button were pressed many times and interestingly being responded quickly. I had the impression that we had got a set of hospitable and more easy going cabin attendants. After 55 minutes into the flight, Elisa appeared to collect the rubbish.

At 20.15, an announcement were made that we started to descend. We touched down at 20.45 at Buitenveldertbaan.

Touch down

Docked at the gate at 20.50

Docked next to a Lufthansa RJ85




The LH bird turned out to be a replacement of Embraer 195 jet from MUC because the E-jet had to undergo some repairs. Whew, thank God, I did not pursue on booking this flight!
As there were still passengers embarking, I hoped that I still could meet my partner. But no, he was nowhere to see. I rang him and he was already in the baggage claim area.

Last shot of two airlines bringing partners together

Together again

Last but not least, the bocados




I hope you had enjoyed the report of my short trip to Barcelona. Roger, eres muy maravilloso. ¡Muchas gracias por lo que le hayamos pasado juntos!

Please feel free to leave some comments and suggestions.

Cheers,
Suryo

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:54 pm

Hi Akhmad

Excellent TR! And really good pictures as well.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My trip to BCN would certainly be a nice opportunity to meet fellow A.netter Roger (aka Rogerbcn) and therefore I got in touch with him. I was pleased to hear that Roger would be happy to keep me a company.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
another exciting A.net meeting had been arranged!

Good to know that, A.net meets are always exciting   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
toilet with mood lighting

nice!.

Thanks for the picture of BCN. I enjoy those additional pictures in your TR.
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:56 pm

Hey Suryo, nice completion of the trip.
Barcelona is such a nice city, and I promised to meet up with Roger on my next visit. Actually I will transfer at BCN in May, but not leave the airport. Maybe we can work something out anyway.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
owever, VY website had indicated that the check-in would not be opened earlier than two and a half hour before scheduled departure time.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“My flight will be departing at 18.15. Can I check my luggage in anyway?”
“No problem,” the check-in lady replied.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Elisa switched on the individual lights above people who were reading. Nice touch!

Nice touches indeed, which might this LCC slightly better then other comparable airlines. At least, that was my impression when I flew them.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The LH bird turned out to be a replacement of Embraer 195 jet from MUC because the E-jet had to undergo some repairs. Whew, thank God, I did not pursue on booking this flight!

Oh no! Those RJ-85's are not the most comfortable ones. Except last row is a 2-seater, got them once with my partner. The Emb-195 is logged last week by myself, will work on the report in due time I hope. From 28 March (summer schedule), no LH Emb190/195 to AMS for the time being... as far as I noticed in the schedules.

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:50 pm

Hi Akhmad,

Very nice trip report, with lots of pictures, that's how I like it! Nice to see the Citizinm hotel from inside. I've seen it from outside hundreds of times and now I know what the rooms are like, seems like a good hotel with attractive fares. Thanks for sharing!
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Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:03 pm

Hi Suryo,

Solid work on the second part as well, a great read with nice pictures. Those cabin shots on the setting sun look great.

I like the weird names Vueling gives to their planes - did they still welcome you "to this vueling" on their welcome announcement?

Barcelona's always a blast as well. And the foodstuff - looks good.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Striking message on my VY hand luggage tag on

Whose QR tag you have on your laptop bag?!
 
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Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:46 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
Roger ordered Txokali

Hi Suryo,

nice trip report of my city... just one correction... is Txacoli not Txocali... but doesn 't matter.... great to drink it very cold, no?

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:46 pm

@Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 11):
Excellent TR! And really good pictures as well.
Quoting ojas (Reply 11):
Thanks for the picture of BCN. I enjoy those additional pictures in your TR.

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting ojas (Reply 11):
A.net meets are always exciting

Definitely.

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
I promised to meet up with Roger on my next visit. Actually I will transfer at BCN in May, but not leave the airport. Maybe we can work something out anyway.

I can only recommend meeting Roger. He is a really nice chap who has taken good care of me during my BCN visit.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
which might this LCC slightly better then other comparable airlines. At least, that was my impression when I flew them.

Most probably. Other LCC I were flying with was Indonesian Mandala. I must say, Vueling cabin attendants are pretty much like the Mandala ones.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
Oh no! Those RJ-85's are not the most comfortable ones

That was what my partner said. On departure from Austria, he had secured a window emergency exit row seat 14A. Due to the aircraft downgrade, his seat was exchanged to 5B.   

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
From 28 March (summer schedule), no LH Emb190/195 to AMS for the time being... as far as I noticed in the schedules.

Bummer!  

@BasilFawlty:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 13):
Very nice trip report, with lots of pictures, that's how I like it!

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 13):
now I know what the rooms are like, seems like a good hotel with attractive fares. Thanks for sharing!

You are welcome.

@FlyingFinn76:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Solid work on the second part as well, a great read with nice pictures. Those cabin shots on the setting sun look great.

Thank you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
did they still welcome you "to this vueling" on their welcome announcement?

Not personally, but I still felt welcome.  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Barcelona's always a blast as well. And the foodstuff - looks good.

Barcelona is a great city. For that kind of delicacies, it is a heaven. I wished I could have used the remaining ten kilo's I had prepaid.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 14):
Whose QR tag you have on your laptop bag?!

Well, actually it was my partner's tag and it was not even a laptop bag. I just used a simple booklet to write down the details of my trip.

@Gerard:

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 15):
nice trip report of my city

Thank you.

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 15):
just one correction... is Txacoli not Txocali... but doesn 't matter

You're right. Roger had it jotted down correctly and still I made a mistake.   

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 15):
great to drink it very cold, no?

Definitely. That's why I ordered Txacoli at the lunch as well.


Cheers,
Suryo





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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:02 pm

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My hostel is located just six minutes walk from the last bus stop of dedicated airport bus line (so called Aerobus) from Terminal 1.

Doesn't look like any hostel I've ever seen. Is it expensive?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 3):
CitizenM is an interesting hotel. Indeed a narrow corridor, but the rooms are nice, modern style.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
No, the toilet and the shower are actually in the room.

That's just weird..if you're travelling alone, no big deal, but if you're with somebody...haha
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Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:11 pm

@KaiGywer:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 17):
Is it expensive?

I paid 52 Euros including breakfast.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 17):
but if you're with somebody...haha

Actually, I like that level of intimacy. 

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:31 pm

Hola Suryo!

I am glad you enjoyed your trip to BCN.

VY seems to be a decent airline, I have only flown them once, when they opened their flights to LIS, back in 2007 (?) and they had not added any surcharge to seat selection so I could seat at 1A both ways without adding a cent to my 20€ promotion return fare.

I have not been called off yet for taking pictures, I usually fly JK domestically and they never seem to have had any problem with that although they have seen me with the camera on hand. I only remember once at MAD when a gate agent told me that taking pictures on the bridge is forbidden... she was not much convinced with it as she walked away and did not seem too upset about it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Roger, eres muy maravilloso. ¡Muchas gracias por lo que le hayamos pasado juntos!

Thanks for your kind words, it was a pleasure meeting you... I went back to Euskal Etxea today with some friends but it was much more crowded than on that Thursday night.

Glad you made it to Santa Caterina market, it is an impressive building, recently renovated and with a lovely winding roof full of color... à la Gaudí.

To the rest of A.NETTERS: Benvinguts a Barcelona!, feel free to contact me when in BCN, glad to show you around.

Salut!

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:14 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
I paid 52 Euros including breakfast.

Not bad. Private room it appears?
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Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:24 pm

Hola Roger,

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
I am glad you enjoyed your trip to BCN.

Our meeting has made this trip memorable.  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
I have only flown them once, when they opened their flights to LIS, back in 2007 (?) and they had not added any surcharge to seat selection so I could seat at 1A both ways without adding a cent to my 20€ promotion return fare.
You were lucky, I guess. My partner and I flew to Valencia with VY in the same year and we had to pay €10 each to get seated at 1A and 1B on our inbound flight.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
I have not been called off yet for taking pictures, I usually fly JK domestically and they never seem to have had any problem with that although they have seen me with the camera on hand.
I cannot figure out why.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
I went back to Euskal Etxea today with some friends but it was much more crowded than on that Thursday night.
Apparently, you have chosen the right moments to invite me in.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
Glad you made it to Santa Caterina market, it is an impressive building, recently renovated and with a lovely winding roof full of color... à la Gaudí.
Wow, I did not know that Santa Caterina had undergone some renovations. The interior was impressive indeed.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
To the rest of A.NETTERS: Benvinguts a Barcelona!, feel free to contact me when in BCN, glad to show you around.
Just do it! You won't regret.   

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 20):
Not bad. Private room it appears?

Just a single room.  Smile

Cheers,
Suryo

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:54 pm

Hi Suryo,

Great second part of your report as well - I enjoyed reading.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
While wandering through the cabin back to the attendant seat, Elisa switched on the individual lights above people who were reading. Nice touch!

Very nice - a really individual service.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 10):
The LH bird turned out to be a replacement of Embraer 195 jet from MUC because the E-jet had to undergo some repairs. Whew, thank God, I did not pursue on booking this flight!

You were really lucky - spending EUR 500 for a flight on an Avro 85 is not what you need...


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Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:38 pm

Hi Suryo,

very enjoyable report with many nice pictures! Too bad you faced problems with taking pictures, I simply cannot understand these "regulations". As for Vueling - I wasn't impressed by that carrier when I tried it between MAD and BCN in 2008.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I had even nearly got ripped off when I in my enthusiasm made a booking involving the LH Embraer flight and ended up paying for more than 500 Euro’s in Y! Luckily I still managed to cancel the whole booking without penalties.

That would definitely be too much for an E195. Don't forget the number of these planes will ever increase in the next few years...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My breakfast

Wow, I guess you were really full after that!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Sir, it is not permitted to take pictures inside!”

What a CRAPPY statement! I always hate to hear that nonsense.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

By that time, I decided that I did not want to miss valuable window views anymore and had to take pictures somehow when there were no attendants watching.

Well done.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Volkswagen Polo anyone?

It's nice, but I prefer to drive my Scirocco.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The LH bird turned out to be a replacement of Embraer 195 jet from MUC because the E-jet had to undergo some repairs. Whew, thank God, I did not pursue on booking this flight!

Indeed, it would have been a bad investment.


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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:41 pm

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Cheers, Roni!

That's the spirit!  



Hi Suryo!

Congratulations on another fantastic and extremely informative trip report! .. Now i know exactly what to do and where to go when in Spain (and of course, where to have my Blood Mary!)  


It is my first time to know about this Citizen M hotel! What an interesting idea. How close/accessible is it to AMS compared with the Sheraton Schiphol?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I proceeded to ask whether it was allowed to take pictures through the window.
To my disappointment, Sara replied, “Due to safety regulations, it is still not permitted. I am so sorry for that,”

The best thing is unless it is a cockpit visit or something similar, it is best not to ask. I would just carry on discreetly unless i am told to stop.

I just do not understand the whole issue with this. It is not like any crime is committed here or anything!


Thanks a lot for sharing this! I am looking forward to your next installment!

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:40 pm

@Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 12):
The Emb-195 is logged last week by myself, will work on the report in due time I hope.

What a lucky guy!

@Christoph:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
Great second part of your report as well - I enjoyed reading.

Thank you. I am happy to hear it.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 22):
You were really lucky - spending EUR 500 for a flight on an Avro 85 is not what you need...

Not at all. And I might have had a chance not to be seated in the same row as my partner's and stuck somewhere else in a middle seat...   

@PH:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
I simply cannot understand these "regulations".

Me neither and I think many other people with us.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Don't forget the number of these planes will ever increase in the next few years...

Good advice! I shouldn't have been that impatience.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Wow, I guess you were really full after that!

That;s right. I could live off it until the visit to the tapas bar.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
What a CRAPPY statement! I always hate to hear that nonsense.

The remark had really put me off at the beginning.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
Indeed, it would have been a bad investment.

I wouldn't have forgiven myself.

@Roni:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
Congratulations on another fantastic and extremely informative trip report!

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
Now i know exactly what to do and where to go when in Spain (and of course, where to have my Blood Mary!)

Don't forget to contact Roger.   

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
It is my first time to know about this Citizen M hotel! What an interesting idea. How close/accessible is it to AMS compared with the Sheraton Schiphol?

CitizenM is as accesible as Sheraton. In terms of price and quality, it wins over Sheraton.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
The best thing is unless it is a cockpit visit or something similar, it is best not to ask. I would just carry on discreetly unless i am told to stop.

Thanks for the hints.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
I just do not understand the whole issue with this. It is not like any crime is committed here or anything!

I wonder if there is anything mentioned about photography by passengers during cabin attendant training.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
Thanks a lot for sharing this!

You are welcome.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 24):
I am looking forward to your next installment!

Shall I reveal a small part of it? Something would get published within the next three weeks.

Cheers,
Suryo
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Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:47 am

Hi Suryo,

I haven't expected this report this soon. It was a great read.

I was nice to see some interior photos of the CitizenM hotel at Schiphol. I live close enough to the airport that I will never need it though. The Vueling interior looks better than I expected it to be. Also the 'upgrade' seems to be worth it.

I think the Barcelona terminal looks a lot better than what I have seen some years ago. I can't wait to go there again this summer. I liked the classical appearance of your hotel room.

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Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:22 pm

@Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 26):
It was a great read.

Thank you.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 26):
Also the 'upgrade' seems to be worth it.

Definitely.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 26):
I think the Barcelona terminal looks a lot better than what I have seen some years ago. I can't wait to go there again this summer.

T1 is great. You'll love it.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 26):
I liked the classical appearance of your hotel room.

If you wish to stay overnight, the hotel is recommendable.

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Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:47 pm

Hi Suryo!

Excellent report!

VY is indeed a nice little airline, I have flown them many times and never had any trouble, and I kinda like their service and the way they run their business (their marketing campaigns are hilarious)

Also glad you enjoyed your stay in BCN, it is a wonderful city, I have been living here for 2 years and a bit and love it just like if it was the first one.

T1 is also amazing, but I still think it was not needed, they could have improved and expanded T2, sad to see T2 now all empty and cold, I used to remember it full of life and people coming and going.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
To the rest of A.NETTERS: Benvinguts a Barcelona!, feel free to contact me when in BCN, glad to show you around.

And me too!!  

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Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:34 pm

@ Christian:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 28):
Excellent report!

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 28):
I kinda like their service and the way they run their business (their marketing campaigns are hilarious)

Apart of their strict photographing policy, it is a nice airline to fly with.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 28):
Also glad you enjoyed your stay in BCN, it is a wonderful city,
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 28):
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 19):
To the rest of A.NETTERS: Benvinguts a Barcelona!, feel free to contact me when in BCN, glad to show you around.

And me too!!

A colleague of mine has shown her interest to come over to BCN with me sometime. Perhaps, all four of us could arrange something together by then.

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Quoting akhmad (Reply 27):
If you wish to stay overnight, the hotel is recommendable.

I will stay in Barcelona for 3 days. I have already booked a hotel. Being close to the airport was a requirement as I will arrive at around 22:00 and depart in the early morning.
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:41 pm

Hey Suryo, nice report! Nice to see some pictures of the B pier at AMS where I spent most of my waking hours now  Great to see some inside pictures of the Citizen M hotel. It looks decent for a one night stay! Do let me know if you will go on one of the E95 flights to MUC.

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:05 pm

@Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 30):
I will stay in Barcelona for 3 days. I have already booked a hotel. Being close to the airport was a requirement as I will arrive at around 22:00 and depart in the early morning.

Will you probably be staying with Renaissance?

@Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 31):
Hey Suryo, nice report!

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 31):
where I spent most of my waking hours now

I should have contacted you that time.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 31):
It looks decent for a one night stay!

Certainly, just make sure you choose a room on the fifth floor facing the apron.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 31):
Do let me know if you will go on one of the E95 flights to MUC.

I will. Thanks.  

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:34 pm

Quoting akhmad (Reply 32):
Will you probably be staying with Renaissance?

Never heard of that place  

I will stay at the FIRA Congress hotel. It looks way too fancy for me, but I've stayed there some years ago when Iberia was on strike. It was a very nice place.

http://www.firacongress.com/

I will not publish the dates of my stay, ass I don't want any stalkers  

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:53 pm

@Tim:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 33):
It was a very nice place.

I hope you will be enjoying your stay again. Looking forward to your trip report!  

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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:02 am

You poor thing, it must have been such a pain trying to take pictures so discreetly. I wonder if it was because you had the exit row? Are restrictions also place on photography if you were seated elsewhere in the cabin?

Ah... VW Polo... It was recently launched with much fanfare in Singapore and guess what? They priced it below the Honda Jazz to compete. Awesome looking car, but I have to say they needed to work more on the interior because it still looks a tad cheapo. Great fuel comsumption though!
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RE: A.net Meeting In Barcelona

Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:26 am

@Ryanair:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 35):
You poor thing, it must have been such a pain trying to take pictures so discreetly.

I got the feeling that I was not welcome on the plane! It was such a shame after some nice pre-flight impressions. However not taking pictures was much more killing me.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 35):
I wonder if it was because you had the exit row?

If Sara could have made herself more clear about 'the safety regulations', but I didn't dare to ask.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 35):
Are restrictions also place on photography if you were seated elsewhere in the cabin?

Really I don't know. I got scolded when I took a picture while waiting in the aisle and by that time I assumed that they did neither permit photopgraphy wheresoever inside the cabin and nor even out of the window.

Thanks for reading my report.

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