mardi 18 septembre 2007

Meals to Miami


I have been fortunate enough to travel a little bit, more by design than by choice and over the years, one picks up certain whims and fancies. Travelling by Business Class being one of them, not for its elitist value, but for its comfort especially on flights longer than four hours.

Just this past week, I had the chance to fly Virgin Upper Class from London Heathrow to Miami and it was a very pleasant experience.

Unlike the USA based airlines where the flight attendants on long haul flights are senior stewards who has seen them all, the young, energetic and enthusiastic virginn crowd was welcome. the seats were well designed and each had its own private cubicle, so that the entire flight could be immersed in privacy, another of the qualities one desires on long haul flights. Not this, Hi.. where you from? what you do? kind of superficial chatting..it must say something about my reluctance to engage in conversations on long haul flights, that in the hudnreds of long haul flights i have taken, i cant remember meeting any one that interesting...the disadvantage of flying business class or first class is that the company usually is dull.. businessmen with numbers on their heads and dollar signs for eyes..

this flight was exceptionally smooth, arriving early in Miami with a few bumps on the way down. the cuisine could have been better, but good champagne and a nice white from Mendoza. the variety of entertainment was truly staggering and I enjoyed watching a movie, which i normally dont do on long flights. all in all a very pleasant experience..

Living in more than two places


trying to live in more than one place, takes a little bit of planning..what shall I travel with? where shall I leave my toiletries? you begin to accumulate more than one of everything, so that you dont have to travel with clothes or accessories. just get on the plane, get off and at your destination, clothes and your own goods are waiting for you.
I have dispersed my clothes and books among other places: Baracoa, la Habana, Miami, Walthill, Paris, Yangon and Bangalore. so it was good to arrive in Yangon from a long trip from Paris, with just hand luggage.. of course in the Fast Eastern Countries, if something is missing, you can easily replenish them.. thank god no need to carry films and other acoutrements for photography.. nowadays carry on luggage is computer and some accessories, a multichannel plug, one change of clothes.. viola..