A Silly Post about my Airline Pajama Collection

My wife has been reading a new book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Normally this wouldn't be relevant to this blog, except this book combined with being snowed in have created a state where she has been passionately cleaning out our closets for the last week. I now have three garbage bags full of clothes to donate/trash - and much to my chagrin there are a few sets of pajamas in there. I am a person who has never bought a real set of pajamas in my life, but somehow I am also semi-obsessed with airline pajamas. Maybe it's that they're "free" (yeah right). Anyway, here are my impressions of the various pajama sets I have, listed in order of accrual. Oh, and did you know I'm giving away [...]

Bavarian Summer: A Seat, a Bed, and a Toddler – and The End!

Ahhh...the best part of writing trip reports is the last entry. Originally we were scheduled to take a similar flight to our outbound so I wasn't going to write about it. However, we ended up taking Lufthansa's 747-400 first class product - aka a seat AND a bed. I figured anyone who was thinking of taking an infant or toddler in LH F might want to see how that impacted things. So let's finish this! After our time in the First Class Terminal, we were driven in a minivan to our plane. People get driven in all sorts of cool cars from the FCT to their plane - Porsches, Benzes, and GRAND CARAVANS. I found it pretty amusing, hopefully the dude who shared the car with us did too (he [...]

Bavarian Summer: Lufthansa First Class Terminal Good for Toddlers?

On our way home, we had the chance to stop by the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Aka the building that in its entirety is a lounge. I gotta say, I think it was a bit too overhyped. Don't get me wrong, it's super cool - but I personally feel it's only marginally better than the regular Lufthansa first class lounges. It's a neat thing to have and experience, but the first class lounges are pretty spectacular on their own. I'm going to try to stick to the toddler-related aspects of the lounge; it's been over-covered extensively elsewhere. We arrived in Frankfurt from Vienna around lunchtime and our flight wasn't until late afternoon so we had a good couple of hours to kill. It was a good thing too because finding the [...]

Amenity Kit Repurposing for Parents

Here's something pretty clever my wife came up with that I'm sure others have thought of. Yesterday, we somehow left the house and drove half an hour before we realized we had completely forgotten our diaper bag. Oops. Luckily we were with friends who lent us some diapers, but that's a situation we didn't want to be caught in again. We decided to leave "emergency" diaper bags in our cars - but the question was what to put them in? Well, our recent trip to Europe has left us with four amenity kits and four sets of pajamas, each with bags. If you travel international business class a lot, these amenity kits start piling up. I'd turn them away but I find I always need one thing on them (usually that I [...]

Bavarian Summer: Lufthansa First Class with a Toddler

I've just woken up from sleeping for sixteen hours straight, give or take. You'd think that would indicate that our transatlantic flight with Little M was a disaster, but really it was quite the opposite. I think I'm just exhausted from the time change and life in general - so was M by the way I think she slept for 15 hours last night (and she's sleeping next to me as I type this so she's about to catch up). Our day started with a short business class regional flight on Air Canada to Toronto. I wasn't planning on writing about it (flight was smooth, we preoccupied M by feeding her lunch, and the cabin had extra space so she got her own seat for half the flight), but there [...]

Bavarian Summer: Introduction

Disclosure: I may receive a commission for the credit card links in this post After spending what felt like an eternity writing my Bora Bora trip report, I've decided to go more "running diary" for my trips. We'll see how it works out. Anyway when this posts hopefully we'll be over the Atlantic in Lufthansa first for our summer trip to Germany and Austria! Also, today marks a big milestone for the blog - I am upgrading Baby M to Little M - this girl ain't a baby anymore. Why did she have to learn the word "no" three weeks before we left!? Now, full disclosure, we would probably be taking a trip this summer without points and miles - it's just something we as a family believe in and value. [...]

Bavarian Summer: Final Preparations for the Little One

As I'm typing this, I currently have seven child travel related tabs open in Google Chrome. Baby M has turned the corner on her illness giving me the confidence that she'll be ready to leave later this week - so now it's time to plan. We've got a one hour domestic leg, two hour layover, and then a seven hour transatlantic segment to get ready for. Let's do this. Conveniently, awty just wrote up a nice little packing guide (so make that eight tabs, ask my wife if you think I'm exaggerating). I wish I was that organized, but I'm not. Instead, I just wanted to share some of my thought process about packing and getting ready for Little M to make her second trip to Europe. I've been running through different ideas [...]