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Airport Guide for Berlin

To me Berlin is very marmite. You either love it or hate it. Not much in between.

And what shall I say… I don’t love marmite….

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying I hate Berlin. Not really. But it would not make it into my top five of cities (hey here’s an idea for a new blog post… stay tuned). Nor would it be my first (second or third) choice of places to live in Germany.

But I am always up for the odd weekend or visit (unlike marmite… that I do loath at all times).

But what gets me every single time is the devastating state of the airports in Berlin.

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A night in Berlin… and how it all went wrong.

Last week’s work trip was yet another two day trip to Germany.
It all started with an early morning flight from London City to Düsseldorf, a fairly straight forward affair with no notable story to share.
After visiting two showrooms in the area and a brief sweat getting stuck in traffic during rush hour on the way back to the airport, I eventually made it back to Düsseldorf just in time to board my onward flight to Berlin for the night.

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Best shopping places in London

Whenever you visit London, chances are at some point during your visit you will end up with a little (or not so little) shopping trip.

And why wouldn’t you. There are plenty of stores, catering for all budgets and tastes. From high-end designer shops to well-known mainstream chains to the vintage and unique.

So to help you pick the right shops for your taste and budget, here a quick overview of shopping areas in London.

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Easiest Way to get around Rome

Let’s just assume that most of you have the same habit as me when it comes to city trips. I tend to take the plane rather than the car to get there, meaning I have to rely on public transport to get around once arrived … but then I can think of very few major cities where I would consider driving around in a car a good idea (actually I might struggle to think of any?)

So Rome was no exception.

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Rome on a budget

As with so many cities, visiting Rome can be a costly affair.

Starting with accommodation… it is near impossible to find a decent hotel for less than £100 per night if you are looking for something nearish the town center. And in addition you will have to pay a city tax of 6 Euros per person per day for the duration of your stay (and this is not included in your hotel fee when booking).

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Flying Club Europe for the first time

Despite flying on a very regular basis, somehow I have never ever had the luxury of flying Club Europe. Well I did fly Club World last year from New York back to London (when we were unexpectedly treated to a free upgrade courtesy of British Airways).

But to be honest, I struggle to see the point of spending extra cash for the upgrade to Club Europe on a 1-2 hour short-haul flight within Europe (neither can I see my client voluntarily splashing out for it).

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Preparing for a trip to Rome

Everyone keeps telling me how beautiful Rome is. And I am not doubting this. But I can’t really comment on it. I have never been (yes I can’t quite believe I am saying that either)… well actually not true. I have been twice(ish).

I took a flight to and from Rome last year for a meeting nearby, however other than the airport and train station I have not seen a thing, so it does not count.

The other time I was just two years old… so again, probably not really worth counting…Since I can’t remember a thing (although some faded photos exist as proof).

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How to speed things up at the airport

For some people arriving at the airport is the start of their holiday and they have all the time in the world. Lucky them. For others (like me) it might be the start (or end) of a busy work day. Which is why I like things to run smoothly and efficient… and why I totally loath those people with absolutely no clue what to do.

OK, I grant you, if you are 85 and flying for the very first time, this might all be a little confusing and you need some time to adjust… fair enough.

For everyone else, here is a handy list of what to do to speed things up at the airport.

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How to stay hydrated whilst flying

Ok, let’s not make this sound more scientific than it really is. The trick to staying hydrated whilst flying, or in any situation really, is to drink water… lots of it and on a regular basis. But this is not what I mean.

Most of my flights are short haul, so I don’t have to worry too much about dehydrating really.

But even if my flights are rarely longer than one or two hours, I need some water in between, so I almost always end up buying a bottle at water at the airport… after security obviously, so that the 100ml fluid rule does not apply.

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