Today it is time to leave back home. I packed most of my stuff last night, so no hurry. The plane will not leave before after 17:00.

Enough time to sleep in, have a nice late shower and breakfast. Easiest way to get to the airport is by bus and metro. That way I don’t have to connect inside the Loop where there are no elevators for the luggage and a lot of doors to pass.

Luggage in the sunshine
Luggage in the sunshine

Of course today is the second day after my arrival day, where the sun is shining. Bad luck. A walk to the bus stop and some stops to the Metro station where I can get a direct connection to O’Hare airport. My flight will leave from Terminal 5. That means that I have to get out of the terminal, take a bus to terminal 5 and to the check in. Terminal 5 is not nice. Very cramped, nearly no places to sit, just a small bistro with bad and overpriced food, some drinks and snacks. I am 1 hour to early for check in, so I have to find a place to sit. The SAS counter is manned to help out stranded people, that where not rebooked. I have to say, even when it was a little bit uncertain what would happen, they did a good job for the customers under the strike.

But let’s check in to Finnair. I am number two in line and the check in is fast. I get a comment, that my luggage is to heavy, but I was supposed to have 32 kg, not Finnair standard. Not a problem. A smile from the staff, a “heavy” sign on the luggage and of I go to the security check. I have to much electronics in my hand luggage.  Took some time to get everything back into the trolley. I have access to the KLM/Air France lounge. There are many airlines using this lounge, which doesn’t have all the space in the world. But a nice view over the airfield, champagne and some snacks. Nothing really standing out, but it will do. :) The it is time for boarding.

KLM/Air France lounge
KLM/Air France lounge

I got seat 7D in a 2-2-2 layout. A seat at the aisle. Not what I had planes and sure not the plane and service I wanted. But no complains. I got my business class seat and a night of flight ahead of me. A nice champagne before takeoff. The staff is very friendly. I get another passenger to put my GoPro on the window. :) More footage for my flight report.

A good start into a flight
A good start into a flight

After takeoff it doesn’t take much time to start dinner service. I have pre-ordered my dinner. Just not taking a chance that they are out of Wagyu beef before they get to the last row. The food was good, but not extraordinary. They made a good cocktail though. :-)

Wagyu beef... very nice
Wagyu beef… very nice

I am going to sleep. 180 degree beds, a nice blanket, but the pillow is to small. I asked for another one and get one. But it is not the most comfy night. The seat is hard and not enough space at the shoulders. I manage some hours of in and out of sleep. Much to warm here (I am complaining now^^).

Breakfast is not the best. The omelette was very dry. I didn’t eat up in fact. Not often that happens. :)

Looks better than it tasted...
Looks better than it tasted…

I have 1 hour 50 minutes before my flight to Oslo. Going through passport control fast. I have to check out the lounge. It is a long walk in the wrong direction. Helsinki airport is nice. Clean, modern. The Finnair lounge is nice. Real nordic style, nice food and most important – a shower… That is what I needed. Fresh out of the shower and my tiredness hidden for the rest of the trip a small snack at the lounge before it is boarding time for my flight to Oslo. A small Airbus bit the standard 3-3 configuration. But the middle seat is blocked. Only me and another customer in business class today. Champagne for a start and they even offer a warm meal (!!!) – some meat, potatoes and sauce – for this short hop. And free internet. Very happy about it.

Finnair lounge at Helsinki airpoert
Finnair lounge at Helsinki airport
Last supper
Last supper

Back in Olso and a looong wait. I still have lounge access, so this is used. It is hard to stay awake and when I felt that I was falling asleep sitting, I got the key for the showers and got another shower. You even can connect you phone to the sound system in the shower. It helped a little bit, but after 6 hours I was happy to get onto my last flight of the day home to Molde. Into the taxi, home and to bed at once. I fell asleep very fast. :)

Bathroom at the domestic SAS lounge at OSL
Bathroom at the domestic SAS lounge at OSL

 

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