Two Thousand and Fifteen

January 4, 2015

Another year, another post. My last New Year’s Eve’ was spent here in Stockholm, at home, watching TV. It was nice and relaxing, but this year both me and Paulina wanted something different. We had been invited to a couples dinner, so instead of wasting more braincells on the TV we decided to go.

Oskar and Anna, the couple we had dinner with, lives on Kungsholmen, which isn’t that far from our places, but I guess both Paulina and I had a bit of a brain fart when we left our apartment, instead of taking the bus, which would get us there in a couple of minutes, we somehow decided to take the subway and tramway, which takes half an hour, at the least.

Anyway, we got there, had a blast, ate good food and played a board game. I can’t seem to remember the name of the board game, but you played in teams, each couple was one team, in order to win the game you had know your significant other pretty well. You choose a category, a question pops up and both had to write down their answers, if both of the answers were the same, you got to advance.

Paulina and I have been together for 10 years, while Oskar and Anna have only been together for a couple of years. Though I’ll admit, I was pretty sure we were going to lose, but in the end, we actually won, with quite a big margin.

As we were closing in on midnight, we went out to R√•lambshovsparken to watch the fireworks. I didn’t bring my camera, so I’ll just say that it was pretty end for the year of 2014.

Norwegian Air — double billed

You know what sucks? When you get double billed. This happened to me with my flight back from Vaasa last week. When I checked my balance I saw that I had two reservations for the flight.

Norwegian air offers two kinds of tickets, lowfare and flex. The difference between them is pretty small, with the standard lowfare you only get a ticket. No seat reservation, no checked baggage, non-refundable and you have to pay up-front. Flex on the other hand offers you the ticket plus everything else and you pay after the trip. I usually grab the lowfare and add the things I want (seat reservation).

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An old image of a Norwegian Air Boeing 737-800 at Vaasa Airport

When I booked my flight to and from Vaasa, I choose lowfare for the trip there and when I had the choose the ticket back, flex was quite a lot cheaper (which was strange) so I took it. The thing that I hate with flex is that you pay after the fact, I’m a person who wants to pay what I owe as soon as possible, and in this case, they don’t even offer the possibility to pay them in advance.

So after the trip, when I noticed the error, I called their support line. After jumping through hoops to get through I got a guy who only spoke Norwegian (thankfully, I’m a native Swedish speaker, and Norwegian is a sibling language which means I pretty much understand it). The guy told me that when they billed my card, something went wrong with the first swipe, so they billed another time, which went through and that’s why I’ve got two reservations on my card. I asked him if he could cancel the first payment so I’d get my money back. His answer was pretty much, eh no, it’ll go away by itself …. within two weeks.

Thanks a lot Norwegian air for holding my money without interest rate. I’ll make sure never to use your dumb flex-plan again.

Last day of vacation

Today marks the end of my winter vacation. Four weeks. Time does fly, looking back at past weeks I can’t say I’ve done as much as I’ve wanted to, but I can however say that I needed it. I’m not fully rested, but it’ll be a nice change getting back to work.

books

The one thing I’ve really enjoyed is reading, I’ve read three or four books during the holidays. I’ve generally had a hard time finding books that I like, but now I think I’ve finally found a genre I like thrillers about spies, war and the cold war. I’m currently reading “Threat Vector” by Tom Clancy, not a cold war book, but good enough. I already read the sequel “Command Authority”, so in a sense, I’m backtracking the story.

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