Saturday, March 31, 2018

Salon feuille d'érable

A world away from Umeå, Sol Viking touched down shortly before noon at Flughafen Frankfurt am Main. Two hours in the buzzing unreality of airports with its indeterminate range of destinations and shifting timelines. While two hours may still be a bit short for clearing security twice and taking the Skytrain over to the B gates, some very positive reviews of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge had left me curious enough to take one for the team.

The verdict, well, it may not be the FCT but the ironic gesture of serving “Petit Bourgeois” alone was enough to make up for the trek. Throw in some excellent sandwiches, mixed Italian starters, and a much lighter design than what Lufthansa has on offer and it is clearly one of the better lounges that I have been to recently.

On the way down to Frankfurt, I finished reading Pinker’s “Enlightenment now” which was an incredibly uplifting book. While there may be a few more nuances to the history of the Enlightenment than Pinker gives justice to and the book would have been stronger without its odd sexist jokes, I really cannot recommend it enough. So whatever I end up writing for Breakthrough Journal, it will be a very sympathetic critique.

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