I like the idea of flying. I mean you must wonder at the science that led to such a huge and heavy object being lifted into the air; stay there and move across it at such speeds. The miracle that can take you across to the other side of the world in a day.
Our journey is in two parts. Seven and half hours, stop for refuelling and then thirteen hours to our destination., which is Sydney.
Fortunately, we were able to book our seats (and get the over- head locker space as well!) so we were lucky.
I was pleasantly pleased with the amount of leg room and if there had been a couple of inches more width then everything would have been perfect. It’s amazing how long your arms grow on an airplane. I seem to have developed gigantic elbows, which have minds of their own. I often lose control over them and bump, nudge and even barge everything on either side of me. Apologies were muttered frequently to the lady on my right!
Once we are settled we take out our brand-new headphones-ones with padded cushion ear muffs. Mine are bright blue and the film feast begins. Even before we take off, my lovely husband and I are watching our first choice. Again, it amazes me that we never choose the same one. We do swap though throughout the flight after we have given each other reviews on the films that we have watched.
Now padded ear muffs are supposed to be more comfortable than the ear bud ones. This type didn’t stay in my ears. I’m sure that I have specially formed ears that don’t conform to the standard earbud design. However, after seven and half hours with a few short breaks my poor ears are so sore. They turn red and I’m sure that they glow and what’s more they hurt to the touch. Now, I still have a couple of movies that I want to watch so I turn on subtitles and read the film instead!
I mentioned short breaks and one of these is the arrival of the inflight meal. My lovely husband and I are plain eaters-a lot of people would say that we are boring but hey each to their own!
Because of this we struggle with airplane food as many of them have cheese somehow incorporated in them or they are loaded up with spices.
What is it with people who enjoy burning their taste buds to a cinder! Even pepper is too strong for us!
We mentioned this to our travel advisor when we booked the flight. We were offered two options that should fit our criteria; a bland meal and a diabetic meal. We order one of each. Now, this means that you get served first and I must admit we could eat both. So, well done to the airline where the stewardesses dress like mediaeval princesses with their flowing scarves.
Now comes my bug-bear! What is it with reclining seats? I know that some people find them more comfortable but when the person in front of you reclines theirs back fully; it is not nice! Not nice at all. For this flight and I know it was over the night time and people wanted to sleep but to recline straight away is to my mind just bad manners.
It has a domino effect. I then need to recline my seat a little, to function in the already confined state. Which means in turn that the person behind most probably will be uncomfortable to find the back of my seat thrust into his space and so and so down the seating rows. I don’t like them at all and think people should learn to doze sitting up. I bet they do when they are home watching TV. A nod of the head; a snore and a grunt should suffice everyone.
However, onto the better things. We had a good flight, however, along the way we lost Wednesday! We left on Pancake Tuesday so missed out on having pancakes and suddenly when we arrived it was Thursday!
And as everyone knows Wednesday was Valentine’s Day. So, my poor, lovely husband must have been devastated, as the lovely bunch of flowers and box of chocolates that he most probably would have bought me got lost as well! (Ha! Ha!)
Oh well, there’s always next year!