From Matina to Munich
In 2009, I imagine myself to be among chosen passengers of the maiden flight of Lufthansa’s new 500-seater A380, which supposedly will be the world’s largest long-range aircraft in civil aviation.
What I will be doing in Germany, I would still plan out. I have at most two years to plot my itinerary.
By that time, I hope the Davao International Airport is already open to flights not only for carriers in the BIMP East ASEAN Growth Area, but also from Europe and other parts of the world.
Indeed I’m dreaming. But traveling to Europe’s cities was opened to me when I joined a press conference of Europe’s second largest carrier, Lufthansa last month.
Christopher Zimmer, Lufthansa general manager for Philippines Guam and Micronesia, said they are eying the Davao market. No, no Lufthansa flights yet to Davao, but he said they are luring tourists from Davao or from Europe to travel to each other’s destination. Market positioning, right?
Lufthansa joined the Davao Travel Expo here, which gathered travel companies and other players to an international exhibition at the SM City.
Zimmer found Davao to be very clean, a far-cry from Metro Manila.
The travel executive was a willing lecturer not only about his company but also about various topics like travel to Europe, European tourists’ view of the Philippines, governance in the Philippines and what needs to be done for the tourism industry, the Euro, among many others.
Traveling to Europe has more appeal to me than any other destination. Yes, I prefer a trip to a European city, like Munich, Berne, Lisbon, Barcelona, Marseilles, Manchester, Oslo, or even the Vatican.
I know Europe is very beautiful with its historical appeal. But it is not only the past that Europe could show, a friend of mine in Copenhagen would say.
He said here you see not just the past, but the unveiling present, and the future.
Well, noted. It’s good to know that, I told him. For now, I’ll be satisfied with turning the pages of the Lufthansa flight magazine I got hold of.
If I have some money to burn, in the meantime I’ll travel to Samal’s dive sites, swim in Mati’s beautiful beaches, or work on my dream task of taking photos of Bukidnon’s changing landscapes.
I haven’t even done that.Thug! Now that’s a reality check.
At least, I have a dream, right? Hast du es? (Do you have it?)