Oh boy, this was a long trip! I left the house on the 27th (Montreal, Canada) at 2:30 pm, arrived at the airport at 3:45 where a first disagreement was waiting. I travelled on SWISS airlines but booked my ticket with Air Canada, both are members of the airline group Star Alliance. The people at the counter couldn't find my trip's second leg, Zurich to Vienna. It took them more than half an hour to resolve the issue and as I was later than usual to show up at the airport this made my stress level go pretty high.
The first flight out of Montreal to Zurich was late so, of course it made me miss my connection to Vienna in Zurich. Lost almost 4 hours there, Plus add 6 hours of jet lag and very little sleep on the plane, a baby cried for the whole duration of the trip, and the body was starting to get weaker. I got a few minutes of sleep on a bench at the Zurich airport though, but you know what airport sleep can be, not the best with all the noise around.
The plane to Vienna was also a little late, good thing that I'm arrving 3 days before the event starts!
In Vienna I had to take a train to the main train station from the airport, from there I had to wait close to an hour to hop on a train to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, change train there to Trnava, add another 2 hours for this part. I finally arrived in Trnava at 4h15. A short taxi cab later I was at the university residence where most of us will stay for the duration of the tournament. I turned around quite a bit asking people about it, including to the man who was in charge of receiving me, and got sent to a few wrong turns before I finally could get a shower after 20 hours of travelling. The guy at the counter spoke very little english and couldn't find my name on his reservations list although one of the organizers told him I was coming just a couple hours before that! I finally got my room, just had time to get a shower before they switched me 5 stories higher when he finally realized which group I was part of.
A little later I had my first meal in Trnava, I was totally hungry. I then visited a little. Trnava is a charming little city, here's a few first impressions in pictures:
The tournament starts on the 31 st so I have 2 more days to adjust to the jet lag and the environment, glad I did arrive early.
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