Odd questions

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On our way to and from the aircraft, we are regularly stopped by passengers asking all sorts of questions. I’m always relieved when someone’s asking the way to a certain gate, the KLM Crown Lounge or a transfer desk, as those locations are printed in my mind. But unfortunately there are not many questions that I’m actually able to answer.

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I used to wonder what makes people think that I would know where to get the best deal on a camera at Schiphol airport, what the minimum stake is at the airport casino or how much time it will take to get from gate A11 to B3 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

But I started to realise that I frequently assume that other people know everything as well. For example, due to my lack of a sense of direction, I get lost in foreign cities quite often. Once I’ve given up hope of finding my way back on my own, I will ask whoever I run into. But what makes me think that someone who’s walking in, let’s say, Manhattan is really familiar with the place and also knows the way to one of those numerous New York hotels? Curiously, I tend to pick people who are lost themselves.

I think hotel receptionists win first prize when it comes to being asked unexpected questions. The other day I was checking out the bus schedule at reception while my colleague was asking advice about the best tailor in town. At the same time, a lady on the other side of me was asking what would be the best way to spend the afternoon for her and her elderly, disabled sister. As I walked away, I overheard the couple that was in line behind me asking the receptionist which restaurant he would recommend for celebrating their fifth anniversary.

So I made up my mind to never ever wonder again why people ask me certain questions. They just give it a try, like we all do.

Caroline

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15 Responses to Odd questions

  1. alpha dean

    Malay proverb say; Malu bertanya, sesat jalan (If you embarrassed to ask, you may get stranded) :)

  2. alpha dean

    Malay proverb say; Malu bertanya, sesat jalan (If you embarrassed to ask, you may get stranded) :)

  3. alpha dean

    Malay proverb say; Malu bertanya, sesat jalan (If you embarrassed to ask, you may get stranded) :)

  4. Alex

    hello Caroline, i like so much what you write,makes me laugh and it is so familiar to me. i also work as a flight attendant in México. i may recomend you good restaurants and touristic sites.you can write me or find me at facebook alex_hurtado@yahoo.com have beautiful flights!

  5. Alex

    hello Caroline, i like so much what you write,makes me laugh and it is so familiar to me. i also work as a flight attendant in México. i may recomend you good restaurants and touristic sites.you can write me or find me at facebook alex_hurtado@yahoo.com have beautiful flights!

  6. Kesewa

    Caro
    I would be glad if you can help me before i get stranded
    Am in amsterdam now and flying back to Africa on monday morning from dusseldorf via amsterdam, Just want tofind out if i can board in amsterdam since am here. Reply will be appreciated

    • KLM

      Dear Kesewa,  We’d be happy
      to be of help, but our blog isn’t exactly the best place to do so. Would you be
      so kind to contact us on twitter (@KLM) or facebook (www.facebook.com/KLM)
      instead? Thanks in advance. 

  7. Kesewa

    Caro
    I would be glad if you can help me before i get stranded
    Am in amsterdam now and flying back to Africa on monday morning from dusseldorf via amsterdam, Just want tofind out if i can board in amsterdam since am here. Reply will be appreciated

    • KLM

      Dear Kesewa,  We’d be happy
      to be of help, but our blog isn’t exactly the best place to do so. Would you be
      so kind to contact us on twitter (@KLM) or facebook (www.facebook.com/KLM)
      instead? Thanks in advance. 

  8. Margarida Alves Martins

    Beste Caroline,
    Het is heel leuk om je verhalen te lezen. Ik herken me ook in wat je zegt over het beroep stewardess, ik werk ook al een tijd in het bedrijfsleven en ik zou heel graag nu een switch willen maken maar het is helaas niet de beste tijd voor. Ik kijk wel elke keer weer op de sites van de luchtvaartmaatschapijken maar er zijn geen vacatures. Nou…ik blijf je volgen via je blog, leuk. Groetjes en fijne vluchten. Margarida

  9. Margarida Alves Martins

    Beste Caroline,
    Het is heel leuk om je verhalen te lezen. Ik herken me ook in wat je zegt over het beroep stewardess, ik werk ook al een tijd in het bedrijfsleven en ik zou heel graag nu een switch willen maken maar het is helaas niet de beste tijd voor. Ik kijk wel elke keer weer op de sites van de luchtvaartmaatschapijken maar er zijn geen vacatures. Nou…ik blijf je volgen via je blog, leuk. Groetjes en fijne vluchten. Margarida

  10. Marceloh

    What’s up KLM Blog?! I’m just writing right now to say that your on-board posts are so funny as a joke. Well, it makes me laugh in the same time that boost my english. Tank in advance to write them! Cya, Marcelo H.

  11. Marceloh

    What’s up KLM Blog?! I’m just writing right now to say that your on-board posts are so funny as a joke. Well, it makes me laugh in the same time that boost my english. Tank in advance to write them! Cya, Marcelo H.

  12. Anonymous

    Hi Caroline,
    How many times a person met someone which really like? not much.
    How can I learn the crew names. They traveled Toronto to Amsterdam KL 0692 Feb 5, 2012.
    How many times a person help someone which really change their life. Thank you

  13. nezihi

    Hi Caroline,
    How many times a person met someone which really like? not much.
    How can I learn the crew names. They traveled from Toronto to Amsterdam KL 0692 Feb 5, 2012.
    How many times a person help someone which really change their life. Thank you

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