Nothing to Complain About: A Flight from Sofia to Berlin

Written by on October 31, 2016 in Leisure, Miscellaneous - No comments

Hard to believe, but for the first time in five years, I visited my home country, which is relatively close. My big daughter and I boarded an Air Berlin flight to Berlin, in order to be there for my mother’s 75th birthday.

At Sofia Airport and on the plane, I was looking for things to complain about. To my disappointment, I hardly found anything. What happened to Sofia Airport? Years ago, nothing seemed to work properly. Now, everything was running smoothly, at least at Terminal 2.

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A few days before taking off, we had the opportunity to visit Terminal 1. Beauty is not the first word which came to our minds. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

A few days before taking off, we had the opportunity to visit Terminal 1. Beauty is not the first word which came to our minds. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

This is the first thing passengers see, when they arrive at Sofia Airport's Terminal 1. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

This is the first thing passengers see, when they arrive at Sofia Airport’s Terminal 1 and clear customs. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

But we were lucky enough to be Air Berlin passengers. So, we boarded the Metro from the university. For our large suitcases, we needed extra tickets, which led me to the conclusion that a taxi would not have cost much more. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

But we were lucky enough to be Air Berlin passengers. So, we boarded the Metro from the university. For our large suitcases, we needed extra tickets, which led me to the conclusion that a taxi would not have cost much more. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Then, after about 132 stops, Terminal 2 was in sight. What a beauty. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Then, after about 132 stops, Terminal 2 was in sight. What a beauty. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Nothing much was going on at the counter 125 minutes before takeoff. But they did show 5 minutes later. No complaints here either.

Nothing much was going on at the counter, 125 minutes before takeoff. But they did show 5 minutes later. No complaints here either.

Even those security people on the street level were polite.

Even those security people on the street level were polite.

Everyone had to take off their shoes. No, I won't complain about that either.

Everyone had to take off their shoes. No, I won’t complain about that either.

The border police needed a permission from my teenage daughter's Bulgarian mother, for her to leave the country. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

The border police needed a notarized permission from my teenage daughter’s Bulgarian mother, for her to leave the country. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

There it was. The srate of the art Airbus A320, which was going to defy gravity. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

There it was. The state of the art Airbus A320, which was going to defy gravity. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

We had a 3-seat row, for the two of us. Still no complaints. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

We had a 3-seat row, for the two of us. Still no complaints. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

The last glimpse of the tarmac at Sofia Airport, before we would defy gravity. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

The last glimpse of the tarmac at Sofia Airport, before we would take off into the evening sky. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Another very last view of Sofia, our home. That engine lookes pretty neat too. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Another very last view of Sofia, our home. That engine looks pretty neat too. Photo by Lea Marcus.

Finally! Something to complain about! This so-called cheeseburger does not look like it would make anyone happy. Neither does its price tag. We bypassed it.

Finally! Something to complain about! This so-called cheeseburger does not look like it would make anyone happy. Neither does its price tag. We bypassed it.

Berlin. After one hour and 52 minutes of flight. In order to save money, the Berlin Air pilot had to park the aircraft in the very last corner of Tegel Airport. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Berlin. After one hour and 52 minutes of flight. In order to save money, the Berlin Air pilot had to park the aircraft at a spot located in the very last corner of Tegel Airport. The bus ride to the terminal took almost as long as the flight from Sofia. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

By Imanuel Marcus

Our piece about Sofia Airport back in the days: “Fighting the Chaos”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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