On paper the 4 flights and long layovers don’t seem to daunting….but boy of boy was that a gruelling trip! Here are some tips on surviving a 9 hour layover in the Munich airport, followed by funny tale about anaphylaxis in the Delhi airport.
Munich Layover Tips:
1) there are no water fountains, but you can refill a water bottle at the taps in the washroom — or as a German airport staff would say “You can use water from the toilet”
2) it’s fun using the virtual info stations . You rock-up to the info stations found around the terminals, use the touch screen to request face-to-face assistance and an attendant will appear virtually on the screen to help you. The life-size video projection of the agent is very star-trekky but they can help you find everything you need in this massive airport.
3) the $15 Euros for a shower in Terminal #1 is well worth the cash. The room is large enough to bring in your luggage, there are towels, and I am quickly realizing that that might have been my last hot shower for a while!
Now for my tale of anaphylaxis in the Delhi airport. It was the breakfast veggie pastry on my Lufthansa flight that was the culprit. One bite and I started having an allergic reaction. I popped 3 Benadryl and started downing buckets of waters, but little helped the hives, sweats, and stomach cramping. By the time we put our wheels on the ground I was in tears, making a scene trying to get out of my seat – and being yelled at by the staff to sit down. Fast forward 20mintues, and I am now being wheel-chaired through the Delhi airport by a crew of 5 Indian staff who don’t speak English. Now I’m at customs (was told a doctor is on the other side) – still in the wheel-chair along with a number of seniors in wheel-chairs. I am turned away from the border without a visa, and redirected to the transfers section of the airport. By this time I have calmed down, and I am coping with the allergic reaction. I am in a daze about the whirl-wind wheel-chair adventure through the airport, but I am able to ensure the staff that a little rest should get me through. 5hours later I’m on my final flight to Kathmandu.
Needless to say – I arrived in one-peice, with many lessons learned. Now for the real adventure 🙂