On the Road in Canada – Saint John

About a week ago, we arrived in Halifax, Canada with Condor. During the months of May – September, the rates are the best. You can get a round-trip ticket for 620 euro, when booking early.

Since we arrived late in the evening, we booked the airport hotel for one night. The next morning, we started our road trip through a relatively small part of Canada (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) with a detour to Maine to visit a friend.

First we went to Saint John, where we attended the Korean wedding of a former student of mine.

Lady of Our Perpetual Help Church



We spent the night at the Econolodge Inn in Saint John, which has a splendid view over the hills and lakes. The proclaimed deluxe breakfast, was fairly meagre. The rest was very good, such as service, amenities, etc.

View over Saint John

Saint John itself seems a bit like an industrial town in some parts. We enjoyed a good dinner at the restaurant Reversing Falls.

Our third night we spent at my friend’s house in the village of Westfield, just outside of Saint John. This is a very quiet bedroom community with a magnificant view over  the Saint John River.

Saturday morning, we pulled out for our next stay in St. Andrews.

Sitting Next to Family on U.S. Flights

Yesterday’s New York Times edition listed the following article in its section International Traveler:

Quoting: Want to sit next to your family? You might have to pay extra

If you are flying in the United States this summer, be prepared to kiss your family goodbye at the gate. Even if they are on the same plane.

U.S. airlines are reserving more window and aisle seats for passengers who are willing to pay extra. That helps to increase revenue but makes it harder for friends and family members who do not pay the fee to sit next to each other. At the peak of the summer travel season, it might be nearly impossible.

Buying tickets two or more months in advance may help. But passengers are increasingly finding that the only way to sit next to a spouse, child or friend is to pay US$ 25 or more, each way.


Yes, there are more and more ways to charge passengers extra to cover the rising cost of fuel. But I wonder about the airlines’ safety policy of a parent having to sit next to a child during take-off and landing.

Back in 2006, on our flight to the U.S., my husband and I took the liberty to sit together with both kids sitting together in front of us. We were advised this was not possible as it went against safety regulations. Each parent had to sit with one child.

How will this fit in with the above charges? On one hand, I have to sit with my child and on the other, I have to pay extra. This would be ludicrous. Imagine a possible scuffle… just before take-off and landing.

A Good Reason to Travel

When I go on Japanese Airlines, I really love it because I like Japanese food.

– Phil Collins –

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant’s Rap

Having a welcome rap on board like this would definitely put me more at ease before take-off.

The flight attendant David has only been with Southwest Airlines for seven months, but he thought of a more innovative way to make the otherwise boring sounding mandatory announcements.

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