flight to Berlin

Berlin Tegel Flughafen, Dec. 9, 2012Tough ride to Berlin, although nothing terrible in the end! First, the plane departure was quite delayed in Paris by snow falling over Berlin, meaning the runways had to be cleaned. Second, loud kids in the seat behind me with a fairly ineffective if equally loud father repeating he was going to get angry if they did not stop…and eventually switching seats with his wife who surprise surprise managed much much better! Third, more delays in Berlin as the runways were only partly cleared and all gates were busy and the bags took more than one hour to come…

Here is a sample of the conversation in the plane (French fluency clearly superfluous!, but I could not transcribe Henri’s part, as it was half in French, halbst im Deutsch…):

Henri, ce n’est pas gentil, tu arrêtes de donner des coups de pied à Joséphine!

Attaches-toi, Henri, sinon Papa va se fâcher…

Donne-lui des serviettes pour essuyer, chacun une. Fais-le bien…

Encore un gâteau, Henri ? Je vais demander au stewart.. Maman dit non, plus de gâteau.

Tu lui as fait mal, Henri, ramasse ton biberon. Et le chapeau du biberon, il est où?

Henri, tu te rattaches et tu te détaches plus, sinon Papa se met en colère.

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