Next layover: Paris
Trip Start Jan 13, 2013
23Trip End Feb 04, 2013
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The six and a half hour flight went smoothly, so I was able to sleep about two and a half hours. The cabin crew woke us up a hour out of Paris, and served light breakfast. I checked the time in Cincinnati: 1:45, a little earlier than I usually have my coffee! But it's doing such things that starts the process of getting one’s body readjusted to a new time zone. There are six hours difference between Cincinnati and Paris, but I’ll get one of those hours back when I fly on to Abidjan this afternoon.
The flight arrived in the new M section of Terminal 2 E. This is a rather strange arrangement. Two new buildings have been built, which are called Hall L and Hall M, and though they’re separate buildings, they’re still considered part of Terminal 2E. The logic escapes me but there it is.
I have just logged enough miles in the last 12 months to attain gold status with Delta, so that gives me access to the business lounge even when I fly coach (only internationally). That meant I was able to take a shower and freshen up on arrival, and have a good strong café latté and a pain au chocolat as I watched the sun rise over the runways. The lounge is huge, and when I arrived it was full to overflowing with businessmen and women coming and going. French was by far the most commonly heard language, with English in second place, but the striking thing was the palette of accents. Both the French and the English could be heard in various native accents, but also accents from Africa, Slavic countries, Spain or Latin America, the Middle East and so on. This is quite a crossroads as are many of the world’s busiest airports.Many are running to and fro....
I can access the Internet in the lounge, so will try to get some more preparation work done in view of the next few weeks.