February 25, 2010

Vol annulé

Here is my flight to Dusseldorf-- Or rather... here WAS my flight to Dusseldorf... I'm going to rebook for this summer...
Numéro de vol : AB8025
Départ : Paris le 25/02/2010 16:40
ORLY TERMINAL SUD
Arrivée : DUSSELDORF le 25/02/2010 18:00

Etat : Le vol est annulé

9 comments:

LindyLouMac said...

Oh my goodness, your trip ruined by the strike, I am so sorry, bet you are livid.

au soleil levant said...

Oh no! Silly France with their silly strikes! At least you can rebook for the summer. Bummer that you won't get to see Claudia.

Leesa said...

Hi LindyLouMac,

No... not livid.. actually relieved- since the agent called me at home yesterday afternoon to let me know the flight was cancelled for today! I was a little anxious with all the waiting to see this week.. that I'm glad the waiting was over yesterday so that I could go ahead and cancel things without a charge!
So... it's really a blessing in disguise b/c it's going to be raining ALL week and it's not fun to do sight seeing when it's cold and rainy!!!! I'm going this summer and will enjoy warm/hot weather and stay longer!!

Hi Mira-- Yeh.. but I feel sorry for others -- families on vacation and losing money b/c of the strike... I'm okay... I will see Claudia this summer!
Take care,
Leese

David said...

Yeah Leesa, I'm so proud of you that you're taking it so well!!!! (I guess that's one of the clues that you do understand France)
I'm so sick and tired of all those Americans (and not only Americans) that are just unable to see the big picture every single time there's strike.

I have a quiz for Americans that think strikes are the worst thing in the world: why do you think French workers have so many rights and are not merely paid slaves like American workers are?

Leesa said...

Hey D...

Well, er.. thanks! I'm not sure if I'm taking it so well b/c I understand the French any better, though! I think it's just b/c it's not that important if I leave 'now' or another time...
I'm actually pretty sad for the people who have their vacations planned out in advance-- whether they are solo, en couple or en famille... I think it sucks that they will lose the time and money they've invested for their vacation-- paying for the hotel for the night or two b/c they couldn't cancel their reservations in time, losing the time they took off from work for an actual "vacation" not just to stay home and miss their planned out vacation...
The disappointment that their kids will have..
And also because the air traffic controllers as well as any other of those airport people go on strike often during the vacation time-- exprès!!
I feel that it does hold travelers "in limbo" and "hostage" - what about the people who have to get home-- people that have work to go back to? It's not just Paris on strike, it's ALL of France.. Not just vacationers... but other travelers-- tourist needing to get back to their country... and they are totally blocked by the strike...
I DO understand the meaning of "striking" here in France-- but I, probably like ALL other Americans, find it utterly ridiculous... and even the French might be inconvenienced by this..
What if you were ready to go to Japan this week-- had all your plans laid out.. and BOOM! Strike?! Worse... what if you were someone else on vacation.. and couldn't get back here b/c of the strike and didn't have extra money to pay for hotels... etc... and had to get back to work??!!!
Would you be so understanding, then??
Also, don't knock us Americans or others, because we don't see "Striking" in the same way as you, David...

One thing that I DO AGREE with you though... is that the salaries here in France are VERY low.. and the cost of living is VERY high -- compared NOT only to the U.S. but to many other European countries... AND I was never a "paid slave" in the American work force... So, I'm not really sure what you mean... by paid slave... although, I have a slight idea...
Thanks for your comment, though.. I'm awaiting your response! : P
Have a great weekend!

David said...

Leesa, yeah some French people get upset too... and they're idiots/drones/selfish jerks (pick one or more).

What if it happened to me? (guess, what, I've lived in France for 30 years, it has happened to, not with planes, I don't fly often enough, but with trains countless times)
Yes, I'll be annoyed, but right after these two minutes of annoyance, I'll see the big picture and suck it up.

What do I mean by "paid slave"? I mean that as always in the US, it's all about the money, and nothing else. Sure you get paid in the US, well paid even, although how much is minimum wage in the US?
And how many hours a week do you have to work? And how many days of vacation a year? Oh and what if I get into a fight with my boss? What about getting fired on the spot with no recourse? What about unemployment help? and health care? and retirement?
Should I go on, or do you see what I mean?
How do you think French people got all the rights they have?

Leesa said...

Hey D....

Okay, maybe you are the type of person that doesn't stay annoyed long (though you seem to be pretty annoyed with a lot of things and how things are run!!! : P ) I didn't get annoyed.. just with myself or the fact that when I booked my tickets online and separately- I didn't realize that when a strike happened, I couldn't get reimbursed for the entire trip- both ways- not just one way, because I booked the tickets as two separate trips-- I'm so used to doing things online, that I didn't even think to call the airlines and book the trip through them-Well, I know now...
So, I have to pay a charge of 30 euros to change my return trip ticket to another date (for the summer) and had I booked it as a "round trip trip) the whole thing would have been reimbursed in this case... However, on line... I couldn't book it as a round trip ticket- because I was going to fly to and from two different cities (countries) and I didn't have the option to choose this on line, which I why I booked it as two separate tickets in the first place).. Oh well.. I call it an "expensive mistake."

For the slave to labour-- okay.. I get what you mean... But, I was by nooooo means a slave to labour in the U.S. -- As a teacher, I made a great salary, great benefits (even BETTER than the ones here in France) AND I had TONS of paid holidays... Including the option to work in the summertime, if I desired... So, I don't share your same opinion, in my case... but I might agree in other people's cases! Not that I think people in France have it SOOOO great-- outside of the great vacation time... and "slightly shorter" work weeks, longer lunch breaks, better maternity leaves (and even paternity leaves)...
It was mind boggling to me when all those people committed suicide over there jobs here not too long ago.. and also the fact that people have to strike pretty frequently shows me that they are not very "satisfied" with their work.... Hmmmmmm
Guess you can't have it good all the time-- wherever you are... but now, it's suffice to say... that if you HAVE a job, it's a lot better than NOT having a job... as they are hard to come by!!

Thanks for your comment!

David said...

Leesa, the "suicide wave" in France Telecom was greatly exaggerated by the media I feel. France Telecom is a huge company and a percentage of its employees are bound to commit suicide at some point, just like a percentage of the population is.
Now, it's true that some people did commit suicide because of their working conditions that are getting worse and worse, and not only at France Telecom but all over France.
Why are they getting worse? Because more and more bosses want to have their company work the US way, with workers being obedient slaves or get fired. It's been like this forever in this country, bosses want to screw over their workers as much as they can, and workers resisting it, with strikes among other things.
The big difference nowadays, is that until recently, there was one thing that would protect workers against exploiters: the government. But things started to change little by little from 2002, and at full blown speed since 2007, that is since the government is on the side of the exploiters.
Once again, to understand what's going now, you have to look at the big picture and the long term, just not the 8PM news.
Yes, France is falling apart these days, the current government is to be blamed -in its attempts to turn France into the US- and the only options the people have is resisting more and more. So yes, strikes are necessary, they'll be more and more numerous, and worse than strikes may happen in the near future.

Leesa said...

Hey D...

Thanks for the briefing.. You see, it's only a smidgen of what I know about the work force in France compared to what I know about it in the U.S. So, it's interesting to hear your points..
Gee.. and I didn't know that France is turning (or wants to turn) into the U.S. in the work force! I can point out many things wrong with the work force/work ethic hear (as I'm sure you can) as well as in the U.S. - we won't argue over that, I'm sure...
But, what's funny to me that you say, "in its attempts to turn France into the US" when MANY Americans are up and arms about America becoming "socialist!" HA!! It's just funny-- or sad!! But, I don't know what you have against the U.S. anyways... I mean it is the GREATEST country in the whole wide world... !!!!!!!