Posts Tagged ‘Lufthansa’

iThemba School, Cape Town South Africa

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

At Lufthansa where I work we support iThemba School that is located in Cape Town, South Africa.  One of our offices is located in Cape Town.  Most of our staff does payroll deduction to support the school.  This year, one of my colleagues asked if I wanted to support the shoebox program.  So on behalf of me and my two kids we did so.  Some other people in my training class did so too and we did four of them.  These are the kids at the school that we helped.  Another colleagues had the chance to visit the school to help when she was in Cape Town working for a while.

The Weekender | Lufthansa

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

All Lufthansa staff across the world could select from a short list of things since the company wanted to recognize the Five Star Rating it received from Skytrax.  I picked the “The Weekender” since I didn’t have a bag like this.  This weekend they are throwing a 15 Year Celebration party at the Airport for staff on Saturday.

So now… I have a bag for the weekend.  So let’s get away!

Lisbon | Can’t Wait To Go | Again?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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November 18th flying with the kids to visit this beautiful city.  The city of 7 hills.  Where Chantal is allowed to have a German beer on the flight legally.  Where tags own the back alleyways and the little Natas are everywhere.  A city where everyone eats dinner at 9pm.

Can’t wait to go with them.  I’m sure we will make a movie.  I’m sure we will stay up late too each night.

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Pending List3 | #98 of 101 | Visit Europe With My Kids | Lisbon Portugal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Little iPod video above about Portugal… that I made last year… since I wanted to take them but my ex derailed those plans… so now it’s back on.

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This Summer… I was to fly there with Noah in Aug and that got derailed by the ex.  That might be it’s own blog post.  Bottom line is she agreed to let them both go in Nov so I moved the remaining vacation days to Nov to fly and take them both to Lisbon and most likely Spain.

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view of Portofino - beautiful town of Ligurian coast, Italy

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The “Don’t Tell Mom Summer Series” is taking the show on the road this November.

Portugal juts out into the Atlantic in the far southwest of Europe otherwise known as the Iberian Peninsula. The only country it shares a border with it’s buddy Spain to the north and the east, with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its 800km coastline to the south and west.

European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal.  Population: 10.6 million.

This year… I want to take advantage of my flight benefits at work.  If I price out a trip to Lisbon it would cost around $3,000 return for the 2 of us.  With my benefits at work, the two of us can fly at cost.  We need to take the “show” on the road and explore something that is new to all of us.

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We would get to fly on our planes From Toronto to Germany and a little smaller flight over to Lisbon.   On the way back… we might take a train up the coast to Porto, Portugal and fly out of that city after exploring it.  The train up the coast will take about 3 hours.

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 7km (4 miles) north from Lisbon city centre, close to the Parque das Nações district.  It take about 15 minutes to get by taxi into Lisbon from the airport.

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One of the trendiest capital cities in Europe, it gets lauded for everything from its affordability and its waterfront location to its well-preserved looks and its near-constant pleasant temperatures.  Sunshine and scenery aren’t all it offers, of course – you’ll also find several millennia of history, a compact centre well suited for us to explore the streets. Unfurled across a series of hills and stitched together by a web of atmospheric backstreets.

With AirBnb we can find a great place to stay for the week that is right in the city.

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We could rent a car and head up the coast to Algarve show below to explore the coastline.

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

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I know the kids want to hit the beaches and play in the ocean.

Beautiful beach of Setubal in Portugal

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I asked Chantal if she thinks she could eat the food in Lisbon.  She asked me if they have McDonalds.  I told her I would check.  She thinks if they can have one in China then they will have one in Lisbon.

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There is a couple.  But I think this will be a good trip for her to try new foods since there is some good places that serve more of a North American menu.  I hope we are not going to McDonalds every day.

Practice Chantal!!!  Practice eating other foods!  😉

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I’m sure if we walk around we can find some places to eat at.  We can also cook a little in our flat also.   Lisbon has some great points of interest to visit like Museums, one of the largest indoor Aquarium in Europe, Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle and Castle of the Moors which is about 30 min’s away and worth a day trip and it’s shown in the two pictures below:

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Another stop on that day trip would be Pena Palace that is close by to the Castle.  The Palace is shown below:

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Another attraction in the Sintra district – and another that’s been named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – this Romanticist palace is a jaw-dropping attraction sat high on a hilltop.

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Lisbon View in Portugal - Messagez.com

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Friday, February 17th, 2017

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working for an airline is very interesting and also opens your mind to so many places in the world you can travel to and explore.  our flight discounts are incredible.  the industry is incredibly complex and keeping costs in check are paramount.  we opened a cost centre in manilla and how that plays out will be interesting in how much that will impact our office.  time will tell.

our flight benefits are changing and we will be able to select two people in lieu of our parents that can receive our flight benefits.

this year… i need to use this benefit more and i’m looking forward to planning two trips with each of my kids separately.  i also want to take advantage of some 4 day weekends to line up some smaller trips around north america since we can fly with many other airlines like porter and westjet along with our partners air canada and united airlines.

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Casey + Candace | Hell Of A Day Flying Out | Flew on The Big Lufty

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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Casey had a booked flight with United Airlines and after that plane was grounded and delayed… UA staff rebooked him on our airline to fly from IAH to FRA and then to VCE… where he then took off from there.

It was sweet to see him flying business class on the Airbus A380 that holds close to 600 peeps in the flying tube.  He had the upper-deck that holds 80 business pax.

In the second video you get a better understanding at his frustration in regards to having his luggage delayed as well as Candace has some coffee accidentally poured on her.  It was great to see Candace so carefree and happy just to get away from the craziness of NYC and the baby for a little vacation.  Even with no luggage she is happy and calm and you can see it in her face in the second video like a little fish being reunited with the sea.

 

It’s nice to see Casey stop daily vlogging after 500 and somthing straight days.  I’m sure he will capture it and he will share some stories when he gets back.  Below is the little recap video of the trip he posted after he got back and settled in to daily vlogging again.

Everyday… I watch is yesterday on his YouTube channel here.