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Frank Simon | MPI for Physics | Germany

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On the Road again

On this sunny Sunday afternoon, I am sitting in the Lufthansa lounge at Munich airport. I am on my way to Tokyo, to participate in the Belle-II general meeting at KEK, and in the Belle collaboration meeting that follows immediately afterwards. I am actually surfing the net courtesy of Lufthansa: I am finally using up some HotSpot minutes I got for my birthday from the airline. Isn’t that a nice gesture?

Before I get back to work on the presentation I’ll give at KEK (have not really started with that yet), a brief musing about flight pricing… This time, I am not flying direct from Munich to Tokyo, but via Frankfurt with ANA. At the check in counter just now I initially forgot to mention that I’m going via Frankfurt, prompting a slightly panicky reaction from the check-in person, since the direct flight to Narita was at that time just on the way out. Anyway, the reasons that I am not on that much more convenient connection is the sometimes seemingly random flight pricing: At the time when I booked the flight, the direct one for the way out to Japan was prohibitively expensive. Two weeks later, it was a lot cheaper again because apparently the tickets did not sell as fast as expected. But by then, I was already committed to the route via Frankfurt. Well, at least I’m going direct on the way back. And the connection via Frankfurt also has something good: The flight leaves quite late, and since it is an overnight trip east to Japan, chances for sleep are not that bad… Now I’m just hoping that I’m lucky with all the thunderstorms that are currently plaguing Germany, and that I won’t miss my connection due to weather related delays. Things are looking good so far.

Well, more from Belle-II during the week, I hope!

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