I had been South Pacific island hopping for the prior two weeks when my wife and I met at Omaha’s airport ahead of the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting.
I was treading on eggshells and waited nervously as she entered our room at the Country Inn & Suites Omaha Airport. The Club Carlson booking calendar opens up to 3 years and their hotels are easier than many to snag on points for that weekend.
Being a US hotel, my wife first headed to the AC to confirm it was one of the dreaded under window wall units that rumble through the night. I heard only a sigh.
Next stop for her is always the bathroom to inspect the facilities and amenities. I heard a “huh,” followed a moment later by a “wait, a US hotel wouldn’t have Shiseido…you must have put them there. Ah, now I see the US amenities. Pantene.”
I can’t claim to be too romantic when away for two weeks, though I did carry those packets from the first day of the trip when I transited Tokyo, played the Star Wars arcade game in the ANA lounge and showered. Any extra weight is not easy with those 7 kg airlines.
She normally refused to accept any ‘gift’ that come to me by an airline or hotel, and she is expert at spotting them, though this time she was so happy to have a smooth emulsion that I stayed out of trouble for a full half hour.
Readers, what gifts have you made of travel amenities?