Nothing much happened on the 4th day which is the last day of MWC, I did not go down to the conference because I will be flying back to Singapore that day.
Woke up at about 9am and went down for breakfast and went back up to my hotel room after that to get my stuff packed. I have requested for my transport to come at 2pm despite my flight is at 6.30pm as I wanted to claim tax refund (18%) and shop at Barcelona Airport!
Had a simple lunch down at our hotel’s cafe with Katie from 1000heads before bidding her goodbye!
When my transport came to pick me up, I realized that it is the same driver who picked me up from the airport when I arrived in Barcelona!
I reached Barcelona Airport at about 2.45pm and took me 10 minutes to find the stupid tax refund counter. It is hidden all the way to the left side of the airport. I think they purposely isolate it so that you will have problems finding it. You can get a tax refund of 18% and to my surprise there is no queue at all to get your tax refunded. However the attitude of the officer at the counter is really horrible.
Tax Refund Isolated Corner
Take a look at the picture above, there is no indication saying that you can refund tax there except the small “TAX FREE” icon which is so small and located right at the bottom of the sign.
I opted for credit card refund instead of cash refund because I do not want to queue twice (1 at the tax refund and 1 at the bank).
When you purchase stuff from any store (I bought a Loewe bag for my mom) and asked for credit card tax refund, they will give you 2 envelops with 2 tax invoices (1 in each envelop). You are supposed to get both the invoices stamped but only mail back one for the custom to process.
Here are my flight details back to Singapore just for archiving purposes:
- Flight No.: LH1133
- Flight Hours: 2 hours 20 minutes
- Departure: 18:35 on Thursday, 1st March 2012 (Terminal 1, Barcelona Airport, Barcelona)
- Arrival: 20:55 on Thursday, 1st March 2012 (Terminal 1, Frankfurt Airport, Germany)
- Layover Hours: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Flight No.: LH778
- Flight Hours: 11 hours 50 minutes
- Departure: 22:05 on Thursday, 1st March 2012 (Terminal 1, Frankfurt Airport, Germany)
- Arrival: 16:55 on Friday, 2nd March 2012 (Terminal 2, Changi Airport, Singapore)
As this is the last day of my trip, I would like to thank Nokia, Nokia Connects and the girls/guys at 1000heads for the invite to my first Mobile World Congress and the awesome hospitality that you have provided us for the whole trip. It was an awesome one and I really enjoyed myself!
Hope to see you guys at Nokia World 2012 at Helsinki, Finland!
This concludes my coverage of MWC, look out for 4 more blog posts of the newly launched Nokia phones at Mobile World Congress 2012 – Nokia Asha Family, Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 900 and Nokia 808 PureView.