Last week on my journey home from Denpasar at Bali I flew with Qatar airways. It was the first time in many, many years that I flew with this gulf airline but simply said, the quality was exactly as good as my last journey in 2008 when I travelled to Seoul with the company. From DPS to Doha we got to fly a fairly new A330. There were just a small business class and today I was sitting in the monkey class. Luckily I got an aisle seat in the 2-4-2 config so I had good space.
Short after takeoff we got a dinner and there were two options, fish and chicken and I took the chicken option. The food was eatable but I have to say Emirates has better catering. But the champagne and wine selection was good so that covered up. There was also a second serving before landing but I do not like to eat nightfood so I skipped that one. The IFE system was also satisfactionary and I watched a few documentaries and the Disney planes sequel.
After 10,5 hours we landed in Doha and the old and crappy airport was replaced by a nice and new one. I had just a short connection before my flight to Stockholm left so no time to look around except picking up a new boarding pass but it seemed to be a great airport. And the wifi worked exceptionally well.
In Doha the A330 was replaced with a dreamliner. My second dreamliner flight in my life. There were not many people at all on the flight but the plane was much nicer than the ANA one I tried out in August. I got a seat just over the wing and just after takeoff I fell aslepp comfortable laying down at my row. About one hour before landing we got a huge and great breakfast. I picked blueberry panncakes out of the three options and they were delicious!
In conclusion I enjoyed my Qatar airways experience but it is not the best gulf airline in my opinion. An extra plus goes to the beverage selection, nice coloured cabin interior, blueberry panncakes and the IFE system. I do not have any minuses to share except that the check in in DPS took ages but that is nothing I blame the airline for. So you will most likley find me onboard QR flights again when I head to SE Asia in the future.
/ Pernilla the frequenttraveller
If Lidingöloppet was a nightmare when it came to running, today’s Hässelbyloppet was a sweet fairytale. Simply said, it was 10K of running in the suburb. I was simply just putting one foot infront of the other and ended up with a new personal record. A sweet Sunday! Apparently my legs were in runningmode after two weeks with almost complete lack of running. So my new pers is 47:29 and today I got place 113 out of 1820 participants in my class.
/ Pernilla in happymode
I keep on telling about how much I love the fall, but I really do love it. It is fantastic. Every year the same thing. Today the Stockholm weather showed itself from the best side and I spent most of the day outdoors. During the afternoon I went for an excursion with my Crescent bike and found a beautiful place at Kärsön near Drottningholm. Except beeing a nice place for a walk or run they also had frisbee golf there. That was a long, long time since I did so just have to remember that for another time when I need some activity.
/ Pernilla checking out Stockholm places
I woke up to this Saturday and two minutes after I got out of my bed at 7:30 I got a really good idea about my fall travel plan. New York marathon is up on the schedule at 2nd of November and my plan is to fly to NYC on Halloween for a small stop in NYC. Then I will have the week after off from work and first I planned to travel in the US but the good idea that I woke up to was to switch my South American trip that I planned for the first week in December to the first week in November and go to Argentina and Uruguay after the marathon and make the first week of December to a US trip. Do you hear how great it sounds? Every time this year I am so happy that I saved my summerholidays so I have lots of time to spend traveling while others do have their winter depression. Any Argentina and Uruguay recommendations are warmly welcomed so shoot if you have any to share!
But now, over to coffee, reading Di Dimension and a yoga session.
/Pernilla the idea generator
When the officeday was over I biked to the brand new Urban deli at Sveavägen 44 to attend Microsofts event Appyhour.
We got a delicious buffet of food and some wine to eat while mingling around. Then it was time for a short talk by Sparkibaken Terese about training apps. Myself I do only use Funbeat and Spotify while training but sometimes a get a period where I get inspired from for example Nike apps.
Well, that was about apps. After mingle with real people we got to mingle with electronic gadgets. Nokias new phones was actually pretty cool, of course not like my iPhone but still some funny functions like a built in step counter and the selfie phone was specifically interesting. Also the Xbox one fitness with real instructors in was pretty cool! Well, I always like to check out new things but I will still stick to my Apple lifestyle!
/Pernilla in mingle mode
Lovley October is the pink month and there are activities and product sells everywhere where a small amount of the profit goes to breast cancer research. From the beginning I like the idea and I remember when the pink ribbon came but now it feels to commercialliced to be serious. I do of course think it is important to support reseach against cancer but when all and every company try to make profit of everything pink they could think about and give a small share to the cancer research I am simply getting a bit tired of our consumption society. No, I rather donate money directly to the source than buying products that I do not really want or need to support the research.
Today an onsite and virtual event called #lunchpromenaden were held over Sweden where the attending ones should take a walk for 30 minutes at 12:00 and document it in social media. 30 minutes of daily activity is said to be decrease the risk of getting the tragic cancer diagnosis so together with my colleagues I took a walk in the park called Hagaparken at noon to be a part of #lunchpromenaden. During the lunchwalk I gave some extra thoughts to my aunts husband that tragically lost his fight over cancer last Sunday. Simply said, I do rather belive in a monetary donation to the source and taking as good care of oneselves health as possible rather than purchasing pink products.
/ Some Pernilla thoughts about pink October
Listen up! My little travel and training blog turned got the hounour to become the travel blog of the week at reseguiden.se . Hurray! If you like traveling Reseguiden is a great place to find lots of information about traveling written by travellers so check the place out if you dream about heading somewhere when the winter darkness takes over.
At the same time I want to recommend some other favorite travelsites of mine which are:
Wikitravel (the english version): a great source where you find everything from how to get to the place and where to go, what to stay and where to eat in a structured way.
Businessclass.se: great site if you like to read about hot travel news and reviews about airlines.
/ Pernilla looking forward to new travel adventures