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Madison, USA

Departure Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Departure

While this trip was tentatively planned for almost a year, it really didn't come together until a few days prior to departure. I used my NWA frequent flyer miles for the air portion, then booked hotel direct for the resorts. After my previous experiences with Expedia, I decided not to use them. As it turns out, in the off season, you're better off to go to the hotel directly and negotiate a price with them rather than getting stuck with a non- negotiable price from a online booking agency.

Carry-On

Carry-on Luggage

This was going to be a week-long trip, so I decided to try something different. Instead of a larger roll-aboard piece of luggage, I opted for my smallest 17 inch roll-aboard and take separately my day pack. It's amazing how much you can pack in the Ebags (eBags Professional Series Professional 17" Wheeled Overnighter). It is by far my most favorite bag. It fits anywhere, has side pockets you can jam full of shoes and other items.

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Roll and band - the most efficient way to pack virtually wrinkle free clothes.

Business class on NWA from MSP to Zurich.

Pepe and Deborah.

The pod system in Business Class works well with plenty of room to stretch out.

Dining up front is pretty good - food was not great, but better than what was in the back.

Menu.

Drink menu.

KLM Lounge in Amsterdam, at 6:00 a.m.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The flight over from the USA took about 8.5 hours. We had a few hour layover in Amsterdam, before continuing on to Zurich with KLM.

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