This fall we will be making a trip to Japan. This time it's not just me going to the land of the rising sun, like in 2007, but it's all three of us! Or actually, all five or six of us since my sis+b.i.l and possibly even Kaijuu are joining us. In preparation of this long holiday, which involves two twelve-hour flights, we decided to do a short trial run with Dana. Last weekend we took her on her first plane ride and it went wonderfully!
We'd chosen to go to Copenhagen, because if Dana'd really flipped her lid, we'd still be able to go home by train. But the backup plan was not needed, because she had no trouble at all. The wait at Schiphol airport, the take off, the flight, the landing and the final round up at CPH: no problems at all! Dana was entertained by iPhone games and puzzles such as Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and Tozzle, both of which she really loves! That kid is just nuts about puzzles! ^_^
And, as the picture on the left shows, on the way back she was so exhausted and comfortable that she fell asleep in my lap during landing in Amsterdam. Awwww <3 We're feeling confident about the long flight to Japan. Takeoff and landing will be fine, now we'll just have to keep her entertained for the remaining eleven hours :p
I have to say: I absolutely love the Copenhagen CPH airport! All the logistics are efficient (e.g. border security and the gate procedures), they have plenty of play areas for children and their shopping areas are great. It feels brighter and friendlier than Schiphol.
Also, with regards to my earlier panic blog posts: on our way to Schiphol I was getting more and more anxious and when we finally got on the plane I was feeling pretty badly. However, being occupied with Dana took most of my problems away and in the end I didn't have any real attack at all. Wonderful! On the way back i had no troubles at all, so that's also a nice reinforcement for this fall.
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