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jeudi 1 septembre 2011


My third visit to Asia in 2011 began with this flight. Miami to Frankfurt on Lufthansa , Airbus 380.
I had chosen a comfortable seat and was lucky to have Ms Tetzkova, from Bulgaria (the land of Dilma Rouseff's ancestors) attending to that section of the cabin.
We left on time, arrived half an hour earlier and the new additions to technology for the passengers are welcome and impressive. The route map actually shows the aircraft over the landscape being passed over, with names of major towns poppin up. the aircraft does not fly in a straight-line but constantly is being pushed around by air streams and it is interesting to watch it turning directions. Occasionally when the aircraft makes a directional change, one can feel the turbulence as well.
apart from a poor selection of wines, the meal was very good.The champagne, Duval Leroy was not up to par. the white wines available were from Washington State, 2009 Columbia Valley Chardonnay went well with Grilled Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa, coconut jasmine rice and Bok Choy. the starter was very tasty: smoked salmon roll with bulgur wheat, avocado and Lemon Creme Fraiche. I suppose I could live for ever on Smoked Salmon for Breakfast and Bun Ga Xao for dinner! A taste of Bailey's with the Peach Crumble Tart. Coffee was nothing to write home about. the breakfast was anticipated and enjoyed.
Said good bye to Ms Tetzkova(may she forgive my bad spelling of her bulgarian name) and on to the Senator Lounge in the B concourse at the Frankfurt Airport.
Wifi is on, that is why I am able to write this.
I will have a shower and freshen up before flying off to Asia..
Twice before I have flown MIA FRA KUL... so this would be the third time...

for the next flight, i have managed to secure the seat 4 D which stands by itself on a 747 aircraft...
Thinking about the pleasant month spent in USA with family, a conversational reunion with Teheran and the presence of my best friend in Asia...Each visit is special, as it has been since 2001 when I began traveling to Asia, but trips to asia has become more special since 2008 and the chance meeting on an Air Asia flight to Siem Reap..