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Up in time for breakfast at 6am. It wasn’t the ordinary restaurant staff who worked that early, no no. I would bet my money on someone in the cleaning staff who had to get up extra early, because when I later checked out from the hotel I saw the original staff on site at 7.30am, when the breakfast normally opened up. I waited at the village church where the bus would pick us up for transfer to Milan Linate Airport. I think we got a little bigger bus than we needed for the 13 people getting along. We got an almost full-sized bus with parquet floor and leather seats that you could adjust leg rests and tilt down your backrest way back. But you shouldn’t complain ;)

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Therefore, the bus ride was pretty comfortable. But due to its size the bus had huge problems making it through all hair pin turns we had to pass to get out of Ayas Valley. The bus got stuck in one of all the curves. The entire undercarriage scraped in the asphalt and normally most people wouldn’t have reacted that much. But since we were high up and the curve was surrounded by cliffs, it wasn’t that funny anymore. After a few minutes of fussing the driver managed to run the bus loose and continue on. Apparently, this happened every time they used this bus. That’s why they were broadening the way so the bus traffic could function and handle the increasing number of tourists to Ayas Valley.

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The closer to Milan we got the warmer it became, both inside and outside the bus. Well at the airport, after disembarking the bus the chocking heat came over you and was guaranteed around +35 °C outside and bright sunshine. But we rushed inside the terminal and checked in. Time was already about 11.30am and you just got something to eat and ate it before it was time to board the flight at 12.20pm. All passengers were crowded at a transfer bus at the gate that took us to the actual aircraft. The short way from the transfer bus and upstairs into the aircraft became almost like race because no one wanted to stay outside the airplane more than necessarily due to the heat. A thought struck me that it might not be that much cooler inside the aircraft. But it was actually. They had managed to cool down the air in the airplane so it was cool and comfortable. All credit to the crew for pulling that off. Just before one o’clock the aircraft took off from Linate and about 2 hours and 30 minutes later landed at Stockholm-Arlanda. In peace, I went to the luggage belt knowing my train didn’t departure until 2 hours later. So, I didn’t mind if my bag came out late on the belt or not. We who had walked together during the week said goodbye to each other and once my bag came, I walked off towards Sky City to order some food. One McWrap & Co had to do. That’s becoming more and more of a habit. But it’s so darn yummy, really ;) And the train ride back home went smoothly without delays.

Yet again a fantastic hiking trip though this time in the Dolomites. I met fantastic people and had a lot of fun. Even though you traveled alone you were on in the group. Unfortunately, the travel agency hasn’t promoted the trip to Champoluc well enough and the number of travelers hasn’t met up expectations. The travel agency will organize travels to Champoluc next summer (2016) as well, but then it looks uncertain. So, if you want to try out something different, I can recommend you to take the chance next summer.

Posted by bejjan 16:00 Archived in Italy Tagged traveling

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