Filing this under “Best Airport Amenity of the Week:”
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is celebrating Swedish Midsummer this week by inviting travelers to dance around a maypole and sample Swedish foods.
At a long table set up in Terminal 5, passengers will be able to sample herring, salmon, fish roe, Västerbotten cheese and elderflower juice.
A variety of Swedish products, including a book of Swedish drinking songs, will be for sale and there will be Swedish music.
Billed as a “crash course in Swedish Midsummer Traditions, the five “subjects” will be:
Dancing around the maypole – which is likely fun, but also insures good luck in marriage and childbirth;
Wearing a Midsummer wreath with flowers on one’s head;
Singing Swedish drinking songs;
Dreaming: Seven kinds of flowers placed under one’s pillow insure a dream of one’s true love;
and Eating – that’s where the herring, new potatoes, salmon, Västerbotten cheese and strawberries and cream come in.
I admit it.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Maybe it’s because our birthdays are just one day apart.
Or maybe it’s because this was the first airport I visited right after my first book about airports – called what else but Stuck at the Airport – came out in the pre-9/11 summer and AUS was the first airport where I spotted the book on a store shelf.
Or maybe it’s just because, with almost two dozen live music performances a week and some great permanent and temporary art exhibits, including the ‘big hair’ etchings in the women’s bathrooms, the airport is so much fun to visit.
And, oh yeah, it’s in Austin. One hip, somewhat weird, city.
So, I’m sending Happy Birthday wishes to the airport, which is celebrating its 15th birthday on May 23 with cookies for passengers, a drawing for 15,000 airline miles and a special performance by Ray Benson, of Aleep at the Wheel, on Friday at 2:30 pm at the airport’s Asleep at the Wheel stage.
You don’t need to be there to be entered in the drawing for 15,000 airline miles (there will be two winners.) But you do need to enroll in the Thanks Again, customer rewards program by Thursday, May 22, 2014. Do it now.
Here’s a great airport tradition:
As they do each year, the volunteer ambassadors at Jacksonville International Airport will be handing out carnations – 1000 of them – on Mother’s Day to moms passing through the airport.
The JAX ambassadors do this on Valentine’s Day as well.
Airports had some fun with a couple of offbeat holidays this week:
Thursday, March 13, was Worldwide Popcorn Lover’s Day and as part of the celebration the Kindness Team at Reno-Tahoe International Airport handed out free bags of fresh, hot popcorn to passengers.
Friday March 14, was National Pi Day – the day set aside to honor the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159.
To celebrate Pi Day, staff and volunteers at St-Pete Clearwater International Airport in Florida handed out slices of pie to passengers.