Monday, December 1, 2008

Ryanair: The Official Airline of Soccer Hooligans

Over the weekend, we went to Madrid (highlights: the food, Prado, Reina Sofia, the new Caixa Forum, our friends T and B's baby) for Thanksgiving. Which meant that we got to check out "Brussels South" Charleroi airport, a mere 1-hour bus ride from Gare du Midi, in order to benefit from Ryanair's cheap fares. 
Flying Ryanair was generally a good experience, with the exception of extortion at the gate, i.e., having to pay €20 per piece of checked luggage, even though I had dorkily taken out the tape measure to ensure that our luggage met cabin luggage specs. (This can be circumvented by paying €10 per piece online in advance of the flight).
What I wasn't completely expecting, though, was the fact that the flight would be booked to the gills by Feyenoord fans from Rotterdam. The closest, albeit imperfect, comparison to an American tribe/locale would be perhaps Boston Southie. As the Dutch themselves might say, oei . . .

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