16 Hours in 40H and J

We are over the White Sea near Petrozavodsk and have 4454 miles to go until we reach Chicago en route to Seattle. Some thoughts from the middle of the night:

  • Silicone earplugs are critical for any travel, though sometimes even they have their limits (in this case a 5 year old who is acting half his age and screaming his head off). They also don’t work well with long hair – Lauren does not look happy right now. :(
  • Earbuds + MP3s are up the the challenge when silicone earplugs fail.
  • American Airlines is reminding me that we are no longer in India:
    • All the stations on the entertainment system are American
    • There are mostly white people on the plane
    • They ran out of the non-vegetarian option first
    • Our Indian meal was served with a dinner roll
    • Lauren’s club soda wasn’t simply carbonated water, but had a bunch of other additives, so much that it needed to be noted that it was “Low Sodium” club soda
  • I have been doing a sad job on power planning lately. Yesterday I brought an extra battery for our SLR but neglected to check if it was charged (it wasn’t). For our flight, I had the foresight to choose a seat with power available, but left our DC adapter in our checked luggage.

Mile-High Curry

We’re halfway to Delhi from Shanghai and just finished dinner service. They served a spinach curry with rotis, chutney, and dal. It was possibly they best airline food I’ve ever had (Cathay Pacific is the only other contender), and tastier than most Indian restaurants in Seattle. The businessman sitting next to Lauren said that even though they are often delayed, he always flies Air India because it’s the best meal he’ll get on his way to Delhi.

If the Indians can do this much with an Airbus kitchen, I can only imagine what awaits on the ground over the next few months! :)

Thoughts from 35,000 ft

We are currently about 3 hours away from our layover in Seoul, above the Sea of Okhotsk according to the little TV screen on the back of the seat in front of me. Kenny is asleep (of course), but I’m not so good at sleeping on planes. So instead, some random observations from me:

  • Asiana is definitely a no-frills airline, but the flight has been fine so far, and the staff are friendly.
  • The guy next to me sounds like he is going to hack up a lung. I am terrified that I’m going to catch whatever he has and then get quarantined for suspected swine flu when we arrive in Shanghai.
  • Our new laptop rocks. I’ve been using it for about 3 hours so far on this flight, and the battery still has over 6 hours remaining.
  • For some reason I get super impatient on short flights (e.g. SEA->LAX) but can mentally prepare myself to sit still for longer hauls, even if I don’t sleep at all. Ten hours from Seattle to Seoul? No problem.