That’s the title of a blog that I follow, and I was thinking about that when I went out on the balcony the other night, and shot this:
The weather people had promised thunder & lightning, and I thought that was what was coming but not so. I was actually hoping for a little thunder storm, as they often clear the air. We’ve had rather hot weather with high humidity to boot, so it would have been nice.
We have been discussing, back and forth here, Gerry and I, about me taking a trip to Europe. After a lot of pondering it was decided yesterday that I’ll just go home to my town for two weeks. Booked the flight right away — Iceland Air, as last time, and not only that; it struck me that I booked the trip on the exact same date as last year! June 24th! This time, I’ll just go home … no other travelling around Sweden as I did then. Made the train reservations online too, and had a very interesting experience with American Express!
The Swedish Railway’s website had some very intriguing security programme installed. Something that ‘sensed’ if the use of your credit card was ‘out of line’?! My VISA was refused. Tried American Express. Refused. I tried over again a few times, with the same result, before I gave up. Thought that I’d just buy the tickets at the airport.
Just a little while later the phone rang! Gerry picked up and someone introduced himself as calling from Amex and about some unusual activity on G’s Amex card. He didn’t ask any questions about the number or anything and the call seemed legit enough. Afterwards, I checked out the number thoroughly and it was Amex alright. After another little while, a woman called from the same number, to make sure that the information had gone through and to tell that it was okay to use the card now on this website. I went back in to Swedish Rail, and what do you know … it worked like a breeze, and I have my tickets printed. I found that quite impressive. Visa did nothing.
In any event, on August 30 I’ll fly out of Halifax to Reykjavik, Iceland and then straight to Stockholm. No eleven hours waiting in Iceland this time, as I did last year! My travel blog Flamma Stolt will spring into action again then 🙂
On a totally different note, I saw the first batch of ducklings today in the park. This is much later than usual, and I’ve wondered if all the ducks have been practising safe sex this year, but that’s not the case … obviously. Eight little ducklings!