London Gatwick (LGW)

Trip Start May 22, 2007
Trip End Jun 04, 2007

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday 23May07 - London Gatwick (LGW) transfer. 

The transit across the Atlantic went without incident and our transfer in London (LGW) went smoothly.  Eastbound travel is always taxing in that you travel against the rotation of the Earth and opposite the suns path - nearer to the shortened nights of the summer solstice compounds jetlag and the disorientation that follows.  An evening departure with a nine-hour transit across "the pond" results in only three hours of darkness and offers little more than a nap before a new day begins.  Jetlag on eastbound travel is generally the most difficult part of any trip and I am reminded that Italy is a very long way away.
As can be expected of a geographer, I spent a great deal of the transit watching the onboard GPS images British Airways provides on the seatback displays - real-time geo-referenced data detailing groundspeed, miles to destination, winds aloft, and a variety of scaled maps depicting the aircrafts heading and position.  It serves as a reminder of how the "friction of distance" has been so reduced by jet travel that there's hardly a sense that one has not only crossed continents but leaped from one hemisphere to another. Rome is roughly 12 and half degrees (and a time zone) east of the Prime Meridian and of course it takes a day or two to stop comparing the way you fell to the current time at home. 
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